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Movie Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel should have just jettisoned the 'S' and called itself Space Jesus; that way the sequel can be called Space Jesus 2: The Resurrection.

I went in with very low expectations which I will say were exceeded; the first two thirds of the film are actually pretty well done and interesting. That last third is marred by bad logic, sloppy writing, and offensive imagery. I thought a better ending would have been Kal-El submitting to the humans and having the film end in a question--if it's a leap of faith to trust in humanity, why should we get an answer?

The highlights for me were: Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, which I thought was some brilliant casting; Harry Lennox; blink-and-you'll miss them appearances by Helo and Gaeta, who I guess were Cylons after all; computer!Jor-El as the deus ex machina (IT WORKS ON TWO LEVELS DO YOU GET IT DO YOU). The lowlights were everything about Michael Shannon but most especially the douche beard, the frankly offensive 9/11 references and overtones, Kryptonian artists' futurist lack of perspective and dependence on monochromatic color schemes, and the insistence on referring to the magical thingummy as a "codex." Just--no. Also, evolution does NOT work that way, you effing products of the American public education system.

Ahem.

I went with Scott and Todd; Scott nearly fell asleep on my shoulder and Todd declared that the polar bear turned in the best performance. We all agreed that it was definitely a movie.

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thistlerose
Jun. 23rd, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
And yet, it will probably get two sequels. Or else they'll simply reboot the franchise AGAIN a few years down the line.

I haven't seen it and I don't plan to. I do love the first Christopher Reeve "Superman" movie, and I think one of the reasons it worked so well was that it was kind of aware of its own hokeyness. The DC superheroes are all inherently a bit hokey. It sounds like "Man of Steel" takes itself a bit too seriously.
caitri
Jun. 23rd, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
OMG SO much seriousness.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be special and stuff? WHAT DOES IT MEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNN?????
elanya
Jun. 23rd, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
I came out of that wanting to watch a movie about Jor-El. I thought Russel Crowe really stole it.

Also why does no one call him just Jor, but everyone calls Kal...Kal?
caitri
Jun. 23rd, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Because "Jor" sounds even stupider?

Also why does he have a dragon? SINCE WHEN DO KRYPTONIANS HAVE DRAGONS?????
elanya
Jun. 23rd, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Only Jor-El gets to have one though! I will just pretend that it is the result of some wacky genetic engineering experiment.

Probably it was there to try and show us how he values nature over science or some crap though. *sigh*
browngirl
Jun. 23rd, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
computer!Jor-El as the deus ex machina (IT WORKS ON TWO LEVELS DO YOU GET IT DO YOU).

*cracks up*
caitri
Jun. 23rd, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
My work here is done. >_>
tn_tiger
Jun. 24th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
I might check this one out in redbox or something, but yeah, the whole angsty, pretentious Nolan take on superheroes is getting played out. (Which is a pity cause I like his original stuff.) Make mine Marvel too.

Henry Cavill seems nice, though. And is hot.

Edited at 2013-06-24 12:30 am (UTC)
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