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Man of Fail - What is really wrong with the new Man of Steel Superman movie

This review will enlighten your thoughts on the movie a little bit

Recently I went to see Man of Steel and to be honest: I did not like it. Not even enjoyed it.
My hopes were set high when seeing the trailers and reading all the glamorous names starring in it. Although I was hoping that it had a reasonable storyline and some new cool additions to the old Superman franchise, I was left disappointed and here is why (contains minor spoilers):
- The evil General Zod gains super powers once he arrives on Earth, yet he decides to take away a lot of these powers by terraforming Earth into Crypton? Yes, that makes a lot of sense!
- Superman can breath in Space, yet he has problems breathing his own atmosphere and is weakened by that. - The Cryptonians have conquered star systems for 100,000 years, yet they decide to stop this because they run out of resources. And suddenly they lose all their spaceships to leave the dying planet. The movie explains it with these words: "We are bound to our history and may not leave." Yeah right... never heard anything dumber.
- The whole movie is one big action scene that seems like it has been stolen by other movies like Matrix III (the whole battle in and around the skyscrapers). The magnetic liquid metal looks like the robots in Matrix as well. Krypton in the start of the movie kind of looks like Star Wars with flying creatures from Avatar. And the scenes from the early Clark Kent seem to be inspired by X-Men a lot... So one could state that it is Man of Steal. To be honest: The entire second half of the movie is a stupid clash of stupid characters that take stupid actions that maybe look good.
- And of course there is still no explanation as to why nobody recognizes Clark Kent as Superman.
- Btw. the 3D is a joke!

I mean, I did not expect this to be some sort of documentary, but some kind of believable story would have been nice. Is that asking too much from Hollywood nowadays?

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Friday 5th of July 2013 at 10:03



#274 Kati
Friday 5th of July 2013 at 10:08
One point is missing: he kind of destroys the earth to save the planet... makes no sense to me.

#275 Lightningsoul
Friday 5th of July 2013 at 10:13
Well he destroys one small village and New York to be fair, but yeah there is no way to come back from this reputation. He must have killed like 100,000 people... :/

#3 imdb
Friday 5th of July 2013 at 10:19
User Reviews
Remember that sinking feeling you had watching The Dark Knight Rises?
13 June 2013 | by arthurcooper (South Korea) ? See all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie. Admittedly, I went in with high expectations, but I thought the names behind the movie, the actors and the beautiful trailer justified my high hopes.

And - at first - I thought it was all going to work out. For the first 40 minutes or so, this movie is awesome. Krypton, an ALIENated Clark Kent doing odd jobs on earth, a confused boy trying to cope with his powers...

Some reviewers have bashed the movie for being too serious, but there's nothing wrong with a little seriousness, or a little reverence towards the character. In the first half, I think the tone is perfect. A little dark, sure, but it all feels like we're building up towards something truly awesome. Then, kind of suddenly, the main story with Zod and the action starts. And, as much as I love action movies, I really wished it hadn't.

When the serious actions starts, all coherent story telling stops. In the blink of an eye the movie goes from feeling like a sci-fi Batman Begins to Transformers 3 minus the nuanced story telling. Suddenly Superman is here and we get these big sweeping beautiful scenes, and they're just completely boring and out of place. And I don't even want to talk about the totally contrived Lois Lane - Superman romance. (Lots of sighs, and "WTF?" comments at the theater I was in).

I kept waiting for it to recapture the tone of the first half, but the action just keeps getting bigger and dumber. In the middle of the unending action spectacle of the second half, I actually nodded off.

This movie had the creative talent, and the actors to make something really great. And I feel like without a Michael Bay explosion quota maybe they could have done it here... But in the end this is a missed opportunity.



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