Very apt review, sir! Just saw the movie and its truly awful...its no Avengers or Dark Knight trilogy. Both those movie established successfully why humanity needed superheros. Superman, by contrast, simply seemed like an alien civil war gone berserk. Too much reliance on CGI, supporting cast, and a boring story line made me glad that the movie was over. And what was up with the fight sequences??? It was like watching a train wreck, literally, over and over, and over! I wish there were fights scenes where the camera slowed down and superman was still super fast...you know, seeing how is SUPERman...jesssusss...what a load of crap...If I could, I would ask for my money back. What a tragedy done to one of the greatest superheros ever.
Bob: Maybe you fanboys should get together and pool your insults -- according to one of you, I'm a conservative who hates gays, and according to another, I'm a liberal who doesn't believe in God. I'm actually a Christian liberal, not an atheist, but thanks for presuming!
Michael Jay: "the father-son assisted suicide was horrible." Not only horrible, but risible. He waves his son away as if he were waving away a waiter bringing him more coffee; never mind that he's about to leave his loving wife a widow to make a point that could have been made in less dramatic, life-ending fashion. I mean, who cares about her anyway, right?
Dee Dee & Spudboy: Mangy dogs & a squirrel -- funny!
Awful, truly awful movie, wish i could get my money back.
Spot on review. This movie was boring, flat out. Just one huge snore-fest. Superman deserves far more than this turd-sandwich. Ignore the fanboys. If someone had dressed a squirrel in a superman suit they would be calling it the best movie ever made, which, interestingly, a squirrel and Cavill would be virtually indistinguishable in this movie.
Atheists should not be movie reviewers.
I've been a Superman fan for years. Both of the comics and the old Reeves movies. And I have to say that Man of Steel has portrayed Superman closer to how every fanboy has ever dreamed he should be.
I must emphasize again: i absolutely LOVED the old Reeves movies. I watched my VHS tapes of them over and over, every single day until my parents couldn't take it anymore. Did that for a good 2 or years. Those movies have been ingrained forever in my heart and they still bring on fond nostalgia, good times gone by and all that. But for you to say that those old campy films were better than this new one? You gotta be kidding me.
The old ones were meant to be light-hearted, slightly action packed. The plots were in no way profound and the performances were hardly award winning. Gene Hackman did a great portrayal of a bumbling genius Lex, and Margot Kidder was an over the top, feisty gal. But COME ON. It was comedy, romance, sci-fi and action all trying to awkwardly fit in one tiny space. That might have worked 30 years ago but movie goers aren't into that anymore.
I swear, you rotten tomatoes guys are so far removed from the people who actually read your stuff. You gave Chris Evans' Captain America a 79% for Godsakes! Have you even seen that abortion? Chris freakin Evans! And you call Cavill dull? Worse than Routh? The Superman that everyone hated? Really?
I'll stop reading Rotten Tomatoes for box office movie reviews now. Hipsters and contrarians the lot of you.
Apparently, all these reviewers want to be the "cool kid" by crapping on Man of Steel. Mostly, I think, they are the same people who jerk their knees and give an automatic "Z"-rating whenever they see names like Michael Bay or, uh, Zack Snyder. Everyone wants to be the first to dismiss it. Ultimately, however, all these fools have done is to collectively rank a great movie at 56 % (RT), 22 points lower than the turd-fest called Superman Returns, which has 78 % (RT).
Yeah... you guys sure have credibility.
A note to readers of this retard's column: MoS is better than all other Superman movies, with the possible exception of the 1978 classic. Absolutely.
I did not compare WOOZ to MOS ... Guess you can not read competently along with your lack of film knowledge . I completed film school in a real college classroom in the early nineties before there was as online course available . For the record every film can be compared to every other . It really is not that hard for those of us who have sufficient intelligence . Class dismissed Michael Jay !
you cant compare wizard of oz to man of steel. what are you thinking. You just said you have a masters degree in film??? What you said right there says it all. Online "Masters Degree" doesnt count...
Michael Jay what are you talking about ? I did not say the ending was warm and fuzzy . Since you brought up the end of the movie did you not see SUPERMAN scream in pain after having to kill Zod or were you to busy texting and eating milk duds . The scenes of the parents on Krypton having to say goodbye and part with their newborn son ... the scenes of the Kents giving comfort and loving guidance to young Clark ... the scene of the fat kid Clarke saved on the bus helping him up after the bullys left ...the scene of Jonathan Kent sacrificing his life to keep Clark from revealing his powers . If you felt no emotion during these well directed and acted scenes that is your problem . You saying a dark film can not have warm moments shows a lack of depth in your perceptions and a strong lack of film knowledge . That is like saying because the WIZARD OF OZ had bright colors throughout it did not have dark moments . P.S. I have a masters degree in film making and do not need advice from someone who took a basic film class at a local community college . I been watching and studying film longer than you have been alive.
John Ives what are you talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By the way i do realize hype and box office do not make a movie great . MAN OF STEEL is a very well done science fiction comic book character movie with a warm heart at it's core .
Its not suppose to have a warm heart. Its a darker version of Superman.......Did you watch the movie!!!!Did you see the end, what was so warm about what he did at the end....In fact from taking film classes they made this film with darker colors not brighter, their trying to make you feel colder.. Superman Returns used alot brighter colors, in doing so made it warmer.
joss whedon should have been the one directing DC too. I guarantee we would have seen way more character development instead of all the bambambam, giant cgi explosions, almost no real acting. Come on Kevin Costners part in the film was dull and the father-son assisted suicide was horrible.
this is a simple case of me saying the Emperor is not wearing any clothes. Nobody wants to see this movie fail because they needed it to be successful. Hence the insane advertising and trading superman for lots of explosions and punches.
I was looking for a review that summed up my feelings about this film exactly and behold I've found it. Very good write up and completely spot on.
The Superman fans that have been starving for The Big Blue Boy Scout to throw a punch have been clinging to this like mangy dogs on a pretty bone, snapping at any good nature person trying to inform them that what they're biting on is actually plastic. Perhaps, if it hasn't been 30 years since we've had a good Superman film they'll be able to take off the blinders and see what those critics "stuck in the past" are seeing. A soulless, dull, pretentious, poorly written, preachy action porn fest trying it's hardest to be the perfect brainchild of The Avengers and The Dark Knight but falling on it's face spectacularly by relying on exposition rather than actual wit or gravitas. How Goyer continues to get work (without another writer to edit and reign him in) is beyond my comprehension. My excitement for the Justice League movie has been shot to pieces knowing this hack is going to be on solo writing duty. If WB grants Snyder his wish of wanting to direct it, it'll be the final nail in the coffin for me.
''There's a strong possibility that Man of Steel might be the dullest superhero saga ever filmed''
Sorry it didn't live up to your expectations, its sad some people are stuck in a past we won't ever understand and I know Christopher Reeve isn't here anymore to make superman films to the point his old, but to say this film is the dullest film ever filmed shows you can't do your job properly.
"First off I never mentioned anything about box office" ----> "How did that work out with moviegoers?" So, yes, mentioning The Internship's poor grosses is certainly about box office. Plus, calling someone an "idiot" rather than attempting to engage in a serious debate automatically means that I have to assume you're only 13 or 14.
"ultimately it is moviegoers that determine if a movie is good or not." ----> "Unless you seriously consider, say, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN two of the greatest movies ever made, it's best to stay away from that angle." So at least this answers the question of what you consider "good" movies.
"If you don't like this movie you probably hate change and are against gay marriage as well." ----> Seriously?
It's almost as this critic and the others want another same superman movie like Christopher reeve's first movie.... We are done with that era, no more rewinding time and nonsense. If you don't like this movie you probably hate change and are against gay marriage as well.
First off I never mentioned anything about box office I was pointing out your shitty taste in movies and ultimately it is moviegoers that determine if a movie is good or not. Of course you love Superman Returns, it was a love letter to the Richard Donner films. They even chose Brandon Routh because the looked liked Reeve.
I'm so happy the fans are supporting this film big time, so you and anyone else that wants to back to 1978 and wear your under on the outside, the short bus is waiting.
One point i wanted to stand out in my post above is that the majority of the audiences have said they like the movie... 82% of the audience on rotten tomatoes liked it with an averaging rating of 4.2 out of 5 for the movie . On IMDB there is page after page of glowing audience reviews from around the world with an average rating of 8.3 out of 10 from over 42,500 audience members versus the less than 100 negative reviews on RT . The popular ratings numbers strongly side with the movie in all cases indicating the majority of viewers strongly like this movie versus those who feel like you do about it . By the way i do realize hype and box office do not make a movie great . MAN OF STEEL is a very well done science fiction comic book character movie with a warm heart at it's core .
Thanks for writing, everyone; always enjoy hearing from friends, foes and fanboys. But some of you (specifically, John and Francis) seem to be falling into the trap that a movie's worth is determined by how much money it makes. Unless you seriously consider, say, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN two of the greatest movies ever made, it's best to stay away from that angle.
Also, there appears to be the sense that I have such high regard for the Christopher Reeve oeuvre that I refuse to enjoy any new Superman movies. But my reaction to the previous reboot, SUPERMAN RETURNS, blows that theory out of the water, as I quite enjoyed that picture. No, the truth of the matter is that MAN OF STEEL is just one more poorly executed extravaganza where the hype conquers all.
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