Hey, I'm all for sharing and debating views in MATURE discussions. But on this thread alone, I've been called "idiot," "retard" and, thanks to you, "complete fool." I don't mind in the least -- it's always amusing to see what words people grasp for when they have nothing substantial to say -- but it's hard to engage in a meaningful dialogue with insecure fanboys who feel threatened that not everyone in the world agrees with them on every single movie.
I'm a sucker for great visuals. One might say that my generation is being spoiled by the evolving HD nature of TV and film. On the contrary, it simply makes things all the more realistic, and isn't that what movies and TV are about? Putting our imaginations on the big screen? This movie is what most Superman fans, as well as most people, wanted out of it. This movie took CGI to a whole new level. It also gave a fresh re-take on a classic superhero story, and added layers upon layers of depth that, although do not fit perfectly together, still provide something substantial over the action. The fact that there are some minor flaws does not make this film terrible, and certainly not a "superbore". All your review did was completely over-exaggerate a few things that could have been better. Critics like you make me sick, because you can't see anything but your own view.
Spencer: By your own admission, the film was poorly paced, the script was inconsistent, and the character development was weak. But because it had awesome CGI and looked pretty, that's all it took to get an unqualified rave from you? And you say I sound like a "complete fool"?
Rob: Your comment that the special effects DEFINE the movie rather than ENHANCE it is spot-on. That would certainly explain why so many fanboys unequivocally love it -- it's the movie to tide folks over until Michael Bay's next TRANSFORMERS sequel.
I really just do not understand how anyone can hate this movie. Yes, the pacing was not that great. Yes, their were plot holes. Yes, the character development wasn't quite there. But does that mean that the movie sucked? Absolutely not! It is a visual marvel, and I have never seen CGI like I did in this movie. That alone makes this movie stand out from the likes of The Avengers, which in comparison to Man Of Steel, looks like a small-time middle school play.
I will gladly re-watch this movie again. And again, and again...
The movie sucked. The writers, directors and producers should be ashamed. They had an opportunity to make an epic movie and they failed miserably. Now, if you like pretty colors and loud noises, then I'm sure you loved the movie. But if you're a moviegoer that enjoys character development and a movie that uses special effects to ENHANCE the movie instead of DEFINE the movie.. then you'll hate Man of Steel. If this was an animated TV movie then I would have loved it. But it wasn't. It was a large scale, huge budgeted movie that put in a C- effort to make an adult story. Look at Lord of The Rings as a benchmark for using the words EPIC and MOVIE together and tell me where you think Man of Steel ranks on that scale. I challenge anyone who liked the movie to sit through it again and not be bored.
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Dear Mr. Brunson,
Your opinion about this film could not be more infuriating to the majority of Americans who think this movie was fantastic. Let's set-aside all the foolish comparisons to the Superman movies of old, because let's face it, you simply can not compare movies in the 21st century to anything from the 20th century. Marvel films, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Man Of Steel, are shining examples of what the masses want in a superhero film. How can you watch the action in this movie and not get butterflies? How can you begin to say Man Of Steel and bore in the same sentence? I was literally flying on the edge of my seat watching this film. This film stretched my imagination in ways that I can not even fathom, and made it all look POSSIBLE! I'm not saying any of this to sway your opinion, because I know that just will not happen. Rather, I am saying this just to let you know that you sound like a complete fool to almost everyone who reads this review.
Side note: Oh yes, Pa-Kent definitely doesn't care about his wife. That's why he made his super-human son make sure that she was safe while he rescued the dog -_- The only problem with that scene is the fact that Mama Kent left the dog in the car in the first place.
Agreed - Horrible! Imagine Michael Bay took the junk from Transformers 3 and combined it with 2 hours of lame flashbacks... Now add a bunch of corny lines and you have Man of Steel. In all fairness, the first 30 minutes or so were sweet, then it was all downhill (remind you of Looper, anyone?). And what an inactive protagonist! It boils my blood.
This movie was a way too long special effects extraviganza. No plot, no characters, literally couldn't wait for the one-hour final fight scene to end. I'm not a picky movie-goer. This movie was simply lame and a complete waste of time.
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.
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