Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right?

June 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

ZACK SNYDER’S SUPERMAN THROWS PUNCHES!

I had my tickets to see Man of Steel two weeks before the film’s release.  I’ve written many articles about the film and broken down just about every trailer.  The more I saw, the more excited I became.  Could THIS be the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see?  To say I was pumped would be a gigantic understatement.

When Superman Returns was released, I was incredibly disappointed in the lack of action as well as Lex Luther’s ‘land’ scheme.  That movie focused on Clark Kent and his integration into society but failed to deliver a Superman worthy of the big screen.  Man of Steel is very much the opposite.  This reboot focuses almost entirely on Kal-El and his integration into society.  Would humanity accept a savior from another world?  What would happen if an alien revealed his/herself today?  It’s a fascinating theme that lays the foundation for a Superman movie unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

I’m going to start at the end and work my way backwards.  The final hour of this movie is as big (if not bigger) than the finale of last year’s smash The Avengers.  The destruction caused by Superman and General Zod’s Metropolis death match is gargantuan.  Buildings crumble, roads are shattered and Zack Snyder delivers some of the most exciting action I’ve ever seen on the big screen.  Finally, the Man of Steel is unleashed with a worthy opponent backed by some spectacular visual effects and direction.

When I woke up this morning and gathered my thoughts for this review, all I could think about was the final act.  I can’t wait to see it again but I don’t think I’ll see it in theaters twice.  Why?  Because it took over 2 hours to get to the explosive finale.

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

THE DARK KNIGHT THIS IS NOT

I think comparing Man of Steel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy isn’t entirely fair.  True, they share a similar real world approach but there can only be one Dark Knight.  The one glaring difference between the two is the time it takes to establish the hero’s origin.  With Batman Begins, Nolan created an effective and exciting back story while remaining economical with screen time.

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We don’t even see Earth for nearly 30 minutes in Man of Steel.  From there we follow a broken timeline that mixes in important events from Clark’s youth as we follow his journey as an adult.  All the usual Superman moments are included but several scenes felt better suited as deleted scenes on the Blu Ray.

It’s interesting for such a fast paced movie to feel slow.  Time crawls when you can’t wait to see super speed.

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

Still, it’s hard to fault a movie for providing such detail as they built up the universe’s mythology.  I think my excitement to see Superman in action worked against me as I waited.  Regardless, this movie definitely feels long in addition to actually being long.

I went in to Man of Steel thinking there was no way the film would earn less than 8/10.  When the credits rolled I was blown away by the action but surprisingly found myself considering a 6.  Upon further review, I decided that Man of Steel is a worth a trip to the theater.  It’s worth it because THIS is the best Superman movie I’ve ever seen.  Years ago, I was angry because there wasn’t enough action in Superman Returns.  Many fans were.  People demanded a Superman that threw punches and the talented filmmakers behind this epic delivered exactly what we asked for.

Man of Steel Is The Superman Movie We Wanted Right? | Man of Steel Review

This is a Superman movie filled with iconic moments and massive action set pieces.  It features a truly stellar cast with scene stealing performances by Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams.  There are slower moments and an incredibly long build up to the enormous finale but in the end, it was entertaining.  A 7/10.

It may not redefine the superhero genre as many hoped but not all movies can be as big as The Avengers or as complex as The Dark Knight.

THIS IS THE SUPERMAN MOVIE I ASKED FOR

An action packed epic where Superman battles a worthy foe and holds nothing back.  Maybe I will catch it again on the big screen after all.

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Larger Than Life Movie Villains Revealed!

May 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

EPIC VILLAINS IN A SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

If I may quote Mission Impossible 2:

“Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires…  A villain.”

We all love great villains.  They are the reason our heroes are called to action in the first place.  Throughout history we have been blessed with iconic and unforgettable villains.  The Wicked Witch of the West, Hannibal Lector, Darth Vader, Auric Goldfinger, Nurse Ratched, The Joker, Norman Bates, Freddy Krueger, Verbal Kint, Biff Tannen, Bill the Butcher, Doc Ock, Tommy DeVito, Alex DeLarge…

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

Dramas, horror, thrillers, comedies…  Every genre has it’s classics but no group faces more scrutiny that the Summer Blockbusters.  Big franchises, sequels and the unstoppable force known as the comic book movie.

It’s the first question we all ask when a giant blockbuster is announced.  Whether it’s a new franchise or a sequel we all want to know who our favorite heroes will fight next.  How will these villains look?  Sound?  Move?

Fans crave every detail leading up to the movies they cannot wait to see.  I remember staring at this image wondering what Christopher Nolan’s Joker would be like.

Movie Hype: Larger Than Life Villains Revealed!

The Joker was brilliantly realized by Nolan and wonderfully portrayed by the late Heath Ledger.  However, by the time the movie arrived, we had several trailers, clips and more that took away at least a little of the mystery. Is that a bad thing?  I don’t think so.  We live in a different time.  I suppose the question is…

Can you keep a big villain secret?  Should you?

I wonder how much scrutiny Darth Vader would face if Star Wars was released today.  A world where studios preemptively release images from sets in order to beat the spies to the punch.  Every time a movie shoots an exterior scene, images shot on cell phones pop up online.  We live in an age of social media.  An era where promotion is 24/7 and fans are closer than ever to the development process.

Now, I don’t want to sound like a spoiled brat.  Here I am, discussing my relentless craving for new villain reveals while complaining that we know too much before they are unleashed.  I just appreciate the evolution of the villain reveal.

We may have 4 or 5 trailers for each big blockbuster these days but I could choose to avoid them.  I just don’t.  I simply cannot resist pressing play and envisioning the adventures that await on the silver screen.

There are filmmakers out there who work tirelessly to keep their big projects a secret.  J.J Abrams immediately comes to mind.  When he and his team produced Cloverfield, it nearly broke the internet when they unveiled the mysterious trailer.  What the hell did the Cloverfield monster look like?

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Personally, it drove me nuts for months.  The director repeated this tactic when he created Super 8. It’s a proven way to generate interest in a film.   Super 8 was actually my favorite movie of 2011.

He’s doing it again with Star Trek Into Darkness.  Who is John Harrison?  Is it really Kahn?  The answers are coming.

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Honestly, I can’t decide which side I’m on.

Do I prefer the shroud of secrecy and the anticipation it ignites?  Or do I want a constant stream of updates and risk burning out before the lights dim?

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

In the last few weeks, we were treated to new trailers that revealed Superman’s enemy Zod and Thor’s next challenge Malekith.  Both look incredible.

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We were also given a glimpse of Jamie Foxx as Electro in next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

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Would you rather wait to see the villain?

I’m not sure if you can argue one way or another which approach is better.  Secrecy is frustrating but could ramp up the hype to impossible heights.  On the other hand, transparency invites discussion online and the promotion never stops.  There are pros and cons to both.  Sometimes too much secrecy can be seen as a weakness or a lack of faith in the studio.  Sometimes, a villain is revealed and hardcore fans tear it apart in vicious blog posts, tweets and parodies.

Yet sometimes, magic can be captured in the imagination of a film fan’s curiosity.  The same blogs and tweets can also be overwhelmingly positive.  Take Electro for example.  I think he’s going to look awesome on the big screen.  I can’t wait to see what he looks like with added effects.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how or when a villain is revealed.  Whether it’s a year out or opening night, the only thing that really matters is…  The story.

The next generation of heroes and villains are coming.  Which ones will claim their place amongst the greatest of all time?  That’s a search that will never end.

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Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

April 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

Top 5 moments: man of steel trailer #3

SUPERMAN.  THAT IS ALL.

The biggest and best Man of Steel trailer has arrived.  Will it be the best Superman movie of all time?  I’m not prepared to make that statement but this trailer definitely presents a strong case.  This three minute teaser is full of iconic moments.  Exactly what you would expect in a Superman movie.

5. THE EDITING

It’s not actually a moment but as a professional editor, I couldn’t help it.  This trailer is edited brilliantly.  Sometimes that many jump cuts can be jarring but the score is perfect and it sets the tone for an amazing summer blockbuster.

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4. KRYPTON

This trailer brings us our first real look at life on Krypton even though it’s being destroyed.

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3. “I WILL FIND HIM.”

General Zod has arrived and he looks like a worthy and relentless villain.

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2. SUPERMAN!

Take a look at these poses and tell me this won’t be a love letter to Superman fans around the world.

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #3

1. SUPERMAN PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE

Superman unleashed.  Zack Snyder looks to have filmed the best Superman action sequences ever.  Dear technology…  Thank you.

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All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012

January 7, 2013 at 9:32 pm

All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAILER OF 2012?

I wake up every morning with the hope that another big trailer has arrived.  It doesn’t happen every day but it’s always exciting when it does.  No matter what type of movie the trailer is promoting, I can’t resist hitting play.  I love trailers.

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Selecting the best trailer of any given year is tough with so many standouts in 2012.  For me, (with respect to Skyfall) it came down to two:

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Of all the trailers for The Dark Knight Rises, this one was my favorite.  Everything from the opening score to the frantic finale was amazing.  I’m still having trouble accepting the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.  However, I think that’s why my favorite trailer of 2012 is…

MAN OF STEEL TRAILER #2

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It’s time to get excited for Christopher Nolan’s NEXT franchise.  (Or at least a franchise he’s heavily involved in) I was absolutely blown away by the Man of Steel trailer.  Director Zack Snyder looks to have truly delivered a Superman we’ve all been craving for decades. (Sorry Superman Returns but it’s true)

I absolutely adore the tone of this trailer and we FINALLY got some great looks at Henry Cavill as Superman.

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This is hands down one of the biggest events of 2013 and certainly one of my most anticipated summer movies.  It’s safe to say I don’t need much more convincing after a powerful trailer like this.

Congratulations Man of Steel.  You’ve made it a lot easier to get over the end of The Dark Knight Legend.

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Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer # 2

December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #2 | Superman 2013

THE SECOND MAN OF STEEL TRAILER HAS ARRIVED!

“My father believed if the world found out who I really was they’d reject me.  He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready.  What do you think?”

I’m ready.  Next summer is truly shaping up to be pretty damn fantastic isn’t it?  Check out my top 10 2013 summer movies here.

This trailer has everything you could ask for.  Action.  Character moments.  SUPERMAN!  Plus glimpses of all major characters including Zod played by Michael Shannon & Amy Adams as Lois Lane.  My biggest complaint about Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was the action.  There just wasn’t enough Superman being Superman.  Man of Steel will definitely not suffer from a lack of epic Superman Moments.

5. YOUNG CLARK KENT TO THE RESCUE

A very cool shot showing a Smallville bus facing certain doom.  Except Clark Kent saves the day!  What I love the most about this moment is what it means to the story.  Right after this moment we are given a scene between Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and Clark talking about keeping his powers a secret and what that means.

It’s a crucial moment that comes full circle as the trailer ends.

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Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #2 | Superman 2013

4. CLARK KENT ON FIRE

Fire doesn’t affect the Man of Steel!  Holy crap this movie is going to be awesome.

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3. CITY DESTRUCTION

Not a lot is known about Man of Steel’s plot but whatever it is, it involves a ton of explosions and destruction.  Check out this image and tell me it’s won’t be a blast watching Superman save the day.

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2. SUPERMAN FLIES IN SPACE

There he is…  Looking awesome whilst flying in space.

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1. THE CAPE.  THE FORTRESS.  THE LEGEND

“You just have to decide the kind of man you want to grow up to be Clark. Whoever that man is, he’s going to change the world.”

I think Kevin Costner is going to be incredible as Jonathan Kent.  This whole sequence gave me chills.  I love the slow motion cape, the wide shots, the snowy landscapes, the voice over & the music…  THE MAN OF STEEL!

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