Man of Steel starts off with an incredible visual imagination of the planet Kyrpton. This is the first time any Superman movie has gone this far into exploring the details and the depths of the planet. Snyder immerses us into the world, showcasing the planet’s technology and the inhabitants that make up its population.
From the beginning it was clear that Russell Crowe was a perfect casting for Jor El. The actress that played Laura Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), however, left me wanting more. Her acting did not trigger the emotional reaction from the audience that it should have and thus the scene where Krypton explodes and we see the flames engulf the planet and take her life along with it…it left no emotional imprint.
The scenes in Krypton are also when we get our first introduction of Michael Shannon’s General Zod. My first reaction was that Zod looks good but he wasn’t as menacing as I had hoped for. Still, he was an incredible villain and definitely the villain that has posed Superman his biggest physical threat thus far.
As the movie progressed we, the audience, are presented with a series of flashbacks that opens us up to who Superman really is. It’s done very much like the flashback scenes of Batman Begins and it does an exceptional job of revealing the many struggles that a young Clark Kent had to go through.
My two favorite parts from the flashbacks were the interactions with Clark and Poppa Kent and the scene where they explored Clark’s struggle to hone all of his super senses/powers without having it overwhelm him. I think a lot of the Superman movies just assumed that an Alien like Kal-El could land on a different planet and not be affected by the differences of gravity, the environmental changes, and the scale of the planet. Man of Steel really explores that in-depth and it also gives a very logical explanation as to why Superman and other Kryptons can fly on Earth and not on their home planet.
My only criticisms of the flashbacks were that the pacing was not as smooth as it was in Batman Begins and while it did help the audience explore the character of Superman a lot more in-depth, the movie could have benefited from more of it. To me, it seems like Nolan gave Snyder the blue prints for the movie and he went along with it…but Snyder being Snyder jumps right into the action too quickly. It’s like your mom telling you that you have to eat your healthy food first. You listen to her, you eat just enough of it, but you cannot wait to get to the dessert. And in Man of Steel’s case, the dessert is of plenty.
What follows after you get past all of the flashbacks are sequences after sequences of just incredible action. While some of it might have been a bit overdone and could have benefited from more of a build up, the action was just pure awesomeness. The fights that demolished the cities, superman and zod flinging each other, clashing in mid air…all of it was exactly what the audience has been dying to see in a Superman movie. I mean how can you have a Superman movie without having Superman show off the full scale of his powers. Man of Steel does that and more.
Overall, I thought Man of Steel was an exceptional movie. It was thoroughly entertaining all throughout, the story wasn’t amazing but it was good enough to suffice, the acting was on point and the action sequences, particularly the final showdown between Supes and Zod makes The Avengers final act look puny.
To be honest I was actually worried, with all of the mixed reviews, that this wasn’t going to be a good movie. Now, I’m still slightly disappointed that it wasn’t The Dark Knight good, but I felt that while it wasn’t great, Man of Steel now has a good foundation for an amazing sequel.
…and oh Henry Cavill was the perfect superman. No offense to Brandon Routh cause he looked like Christopher Reeves and played the role of Clark Kent quite well…but Cavill as Superman actually looked like someone who truly embodies the powers that the name implies. He has the handsome good looks and a bit of ruggedness to him that makes him fit the role so well.
1) Spo’s rotations - There was absolutely no reason for Spo to bench both Bron and Wade to begin the fourth and to keep them both on the bench for as long as he did. Give wade the rest but put Bron in there. The man is only 28 and this is the NBA finals damn it. Each team gets 3 days rest so there’s plenty of time to recharge their battery for the next game.
2) Bron’s lack of aggressiveness - It was great early on for Bron to play Magic and get everyone involved. Players were hitting shots and Miami was keeping their pace and playing at their tempo. But when the game slowed down, Bron needed to be more aggressive. I’m not saying turn into Cleveland Lebron and just isolate, but look to score more…capitalize on opportunities for yourself. Bron and Miami in general has to get to the line more.
3) Bosh’s 3 pointers - I know bosh’s 3 point shot has improved and he’s been shooting it exceptionally well during the playoffs…but I still like the mid range or the elbow jumper a lot better than the long 3 from wing. If it’s straight on or in the short corner…take it but I like Bosh to take higher percentage shots.
Miami just needs to play all four quarters. We were able to play our game and set the tempo for the entire first half. In the third, the game slowed a bit but we were still able to keep pace. But the fourth…it was like there was no sense of urgency. It’s the fourth quarter in the damn NBA finals and Spo decides…hey i’m not gonna play the two best players in the series for the first 4-5 mins.
This was a game Miami should have won. We held San Antonio to 41 % shooting and 30 % from the three. Ginobili was only 4-11 from the field. I really don’t like the NBA finals set up where the road team gets 3 consecutive home games (games 3, 4, and 5). That’s such a dangerous stretch for Miami cause even if Miami wins Sunday…it’s 1-1 and San Antonio gets 3 home games to push Miami to the brink of elimination.
I have confidence Miami will bounce back, but this is going to be a long series.
Bring on San Antonio! Heat vs Spurs is gonna be a clash of the champions.
This match up will come down to whether or not Miami and out execute and out score the spurs. Miami can’t have Ray Allen shoot 24 % from the field, we can’t have Bosh score under double digits, we can’t have Wade being a non factor. we’re going to need game 7 wade for every game. We’re going to need game 7 ray allen for every game. And damn it we just need Bosh to score double digits.
Bale goes from Bruce Wayne…billionaire playboy by day crime fighting vigilante by night to Irving Rosenfeld…1970s con man
The transformation is almost like a parody on what Bruce Wayne would look like 5-10 years post retirement/fake death as Batman
I am impressed by the transformation though. We’ve become accustom to Bale losing an extreme amount of weight to play characters and then packing on the necessary muscles to play Batman. But for the first time ever…we see Bale kind of…I wouldn’t go as far as saying fat…but well rounded and a bit on the chubby side.
Enough with all the finger pointing, the blame game, and all the chatter about refs and questionable calls.
Monday is game 7.
Bron and Wade are born for moments like this. I don’t care about the size disadvantages or the injuries. A true champion will find ways to overcome it. This will be a true testament to Miami’s will and hunger to be historically great.
We got this. It’s our home court. We get bird back. We got Bron, we got Wade, we got Ray. True champions and warriors who have been through game 7s.
I got heat by 6 on Monday and heat in 6 against the spurs.
Best part of the game winner is Lebron’s post game interview. He’s as cool and calm as can be. A true champion doesn’t dance and celebrate for a game one win. This is why Lebron James is the best player in the universe.
This trailer alone is already better than 3/4 of the movies that will be released in 2013.
Michael Shannon as Zod is gonna be such a beast of a villain. No offense to Marvel, but all of their villains have been average to mediocre. DC’s upper echelon (Batman and Supes) brings out the elite of elites. The Joker, Two Face, Bane…now Zod.