Comics Talk is not an organization that gets an invitation to see a premier of a movie before it is released to the public so when I saw some of the movie reviews before the release of the movie and a 57% rating by the movie critics at Rotton Tomatoes and I read some of the criticism I was discouraged. But then I saw that in the early assessment of movie goers that 82% of them liked it and many people have not seen it yet I was encouraged. Having just seen the movie I wonder what movie the critics were talking about. It was a fresh and very modern depiction of Superman. It was as if he was brought to the 21st century as an idea for the first time. I don’t know if the critics were still thinking of the 1978 version of Superman played by Christopher Reeve as a classical look at Superman. This movie is better in conception and writing and special effects and creates a beginning which Superman fans and casual movie goers can both have what they want. It made Superman (Ka-El) a person who was searching for his purpose in life and the sadness of being alienated from his rich heritage and never knowing his real father and mother.
Some of the criticisms were (Rafer Guzman)”Cavill broods handsomely as Superman, but this reboot skimps on fun and romance.” Disney World and romance, really? (Lisa Kennedy) “The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat-footed homilies.” What does that mean? (Gary Wolcott) “The Man of Steel is not super, man. Not even close.” Yea he was quite a wimp, what movie did he see? (Leonard Maltin) “The filmmakers throw us a curve by telling the story in non-linear fashion.” Leonard you have to have every thing in order no flashbacks? I sorry I can’t take the lack of real criticism in the critics. And then there was Kofi Outlaw of ScreenRant who got it right as far as I am concerned, he said “A satisfying blockbuster with real-world sensibility and sci-fi fantasy, Man of Steel deserves to be the iconic Superman movie for a new generation.” Right on Kofi.
We are early yet so I respect the movie goer to make the right decision about this blockbuster movie. I guess you figured out that I liked the movie. It was thoughtful and respected the legend and started something which the movie creators can build on. They changed things that needed to be changed and kept the legend alive, which was dying with the lack of action from Warner Brothers. As far as the romantic relationship between Lois and Clark it has room to blossom in upcoming films. And one of the things that always bothered me was how the best investigating reporter on the planet could not find out that Clark Kent was Superman and this movie changed that. Also the future has infinite possibilities to give Marvel a run for the money on the big screen with its iconic heroes and possibly a Justice League movie in the proper time. As long as the WB leaders in movies don’t have the stupids and worry what the critics say. This movie will make a lot of money and that is a language they understand plus they need to keep the creative team a group of winners and not fall into the old Hollywood way of thinking, make as much money as you can then drop the project.
So if you have not seen the movie go and see it. Very entertaining and I hope I have not given too much away to ruin the movie experience ahead. So remember us here at Comics Talk because we will tell you how it is or how it should be. Stay tuned comic and movie faithful for more. 🙂 Walt
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