I know this is late. Just finished watching “Man of Steel” today in piecemeal fashion, because I’m on duty. That said, it didn’t detract from the experience because I wasn’t really sold on Zack Snyder’s vision of it.
Again, it’s late and I might get floor calls any minute now so I’ll just let fly all these random thoughts percolating in my head…
What I liked? The scope of the movie. Superman needs to have really formidable opponents and the odds stacked against his favor. However, I never felt that he was in any real danger during the movie! “Of course, dumbass! He’s Superman!” And therein lies my bias against the character in general, even way back when.
I liked the cast, for the most part, from Big Blue himself, to Lois, even down to Tin Cup. :) Zod, however, I didn’t care much for… Sure, they painted him as the guy willing to take the most extreme measures in order to do his duty, but the acting was such a caricature to me. Give me Terrence Stamp any day!
I liked the fight scene in the town… pretty much all the fisticuffs. And it made me wish that this production team made the DragonBall movie instead. ;)
Stuff I didn’t like? Some little things like blatant product placement (hello IHOP, Nikon, 7-11, etc)… the fact that people stood around watching while all the wanton destruction was happening, then screaming like heck and ONLY running away (finally!) when the destruction was just a few meters from them!
What else? It just got me to thinking… How do they top this? Which formidable villains to fight next? If it’s a franchise they intend to build, they can’t go the DragonBall route again and make it one long fight scene, toppling buildings and mountains and satellites in the process. (On the other hand, hey, it worked for Transformers and that franchise made tons of money!). So yes, gimme Walter White as Lex Luthor please? ASAP? But please…PLEASE! Not another real estate/terraforming crap. (What is it about all this land-grabbing, eh DC?? Mine Grant Morrison’s brain for some ideas!)
Up next is the superhero buddy-cop flick Superman/Batman… I hope it’s good and builds toward a DCinematic universe. I know they’re trying hard to catch up to what Marvel has done, but it seems like there is no plan and they’re doing things on the fly. PLAN your universe! If you have to go the same route as Marvel, then do that! Make sure the pieces fit & hire people who genuinely care about the material. Even a Marvel Zombie like me wants to see good movies about the Distinguished Competition’s pantheon of characters.
So there. Tangents? Digressions? Abrupt stop. Inspired to draw again but I’m way too tired and sleepy. Another long day tomorrow.