I recently got home from watching a pre-release screening of Man of Steel. I was impressed for the most part, especially with the early parts of the movie, and I hope that the inclusion of “LexCorp” trucks indicates a sequel with the infamous evil business man. Unfortunately, while the early half of the movie, which mainly explored Clark Kent’s origins and his relationships with family and friends, was phenomenal (although a bit heavy handed with religious allegory that was never delivered upon) the later movie’s actions scenes were over-the-top and felt boring.
The movie opens with the fall of Krypton, introducing the main villain and setting up the events that propel the plot forward. After Cal-El (AKA Clark Kent) is launched to safety, we see scenes of him as an adult, working odd jobs and trying (with little success) not to use his powers to help people. These scenes are interspersed with flashbacks to his human parents and upbringing. Following in the recent tradition of showing a more weak and human side to the superheroes, we see Clark suffering the anguish of being ‘different’. These are very well executed and give a vast depth to a hero that historically has stood as more of a symbol than a “man”. In these early scenes we are also introduced to Lois Lane, who is, in my opinion, the best character in the movie. She’s portrayed as ballsy and tough, and she tends to put even the stronger male characters in their place. She is no damsel in distress.
From there, the action picks up as the villains, survivors from the fall of Krypton, arrive on Earth. There is some tension early on in these scenes that is really strong, and we are again reminded that though the man of steel is theoretically invincible, he is bound by a moral compass that leaves him at the mercy of those without morals.
Most of the rest of the movie is action scene after action scene. Unfortunately, these are mostly variations on soldiers trying to shoot at the practically invincible Kryptonians (and, of course, failing to do any damage) while superman trades blows with one or more of them, sending them flying across sets that are slowly destroyed by the battle. After about 5 minutes, it’s gotten old and stale, and you’re waiting for something new to be added to the formula.
These scenes might have worked out better if the villains had any development, but only one actually is given much of a role in the script, and even he doesn’t feel like a terrible threat until the very end. Before that final one-on-one battle, however, he has a brilliant monologue that finally makes seeing Superman pummel him into oblivion feel completely satisfying.
On the whole, the movie is gorgeous to look at. The special effects are superb, and the script is mostly remarkable. Unfortunately most of the action scenes use the effects as a crutch, and their lack of variety mars the later half of the film.
“chuffed doesnt mean what you think it means”
it means exactly what i think it means its just some stupid word that literally has two definitions that mean the opposite thing
what in the shit pissing fuck
This makes me really chuffed.
This post is quite egregious
Well I’m nonplussed by this whole post.
The other day someone I’d known for a few years and always liked messaged me expressing sexual interest in me. My first thought was “what’s the catch? Am I being tricked? Is this a joke?” I honestly couldn’t accept that someone I liked (who I thought was waaaaay out of my league) had any interest in me at all.
I find this kinda’ sad :(.