Man of Steel Not Quite Super
Zack Snyder directs Superman reboot
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2013 4:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) Man of Steel brings us the origin of Superman, with a little help from producer Christopher Nolan. While the heavy-handed movie has its moments, critics aren't quite convinced:

  • "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," writes Lisa Kennedy in the Denver Post. Meanwhile, "very little of the cultural/emotional wisdom or puzzle-solving pleasures of Nolan's Batman films or Inception can be found here."

  • Director Zack Snyder "finds himself in the impossible position of trying to put his own stamp on material that feels a lot like Dark Knight Lite, while avoiding the impression of serving as Nolan’s surrogate or transcriber," notes Andrew O'Hehir at Salon. "Unfortunately he can't pull it off."
  • The movie is "frantically overblown and beautifully filigreed," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. "For roughly 100 minutes, or the running time of an average movie, Mr. Snyder is in control of his material." But in "the last 45 minutes, when Mr. Snyder piles on the hammering special effects," he becomes "yet one more director gone disappointingly amok."
  • It's "a very dark film, with as much unrelenting destruction as a Transformers movie. Hard to believe that chaos on that scale can almost become boring," observes Michael Sangiacomo in the Plain Dealer. Still, "Amy Adams is one of the best Lois Lanes in a long time," and "Man of Steel is the best Superman to date."

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Shield
Jun 15, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
I'm one of the biggest Superman fans in the world. I have his comics, movies, tv shows, cartoons and even the 2 serials done in the 40s. But when "Superman Returns" compared him to a Christ like figure I had a bad feeling about his future storytelling. In "Man Of Steel" Zack Snyder has, in more than one interview, said the comparisons of his Superman to Christ will be more than obvious, since he will be viewed as a god in this movie. I think that's a big mistake and the wrong direction to take the character in. Look at the Christopher Reeve movies. Never was there any thoughts or comments made by any of the actors or directors of the same type of direction for the character. With the exception of Jor-el/Marlon Brando saying he gives the earth "My only son" that's about it. None of the characters in the Reeve films ever treated Superman like he was a god on earth. The Christopher Reeve movies have stood the test of time as the true example of Superman. A couple of excellent Superman sites are capedwonder.com and supermanhomepage.com
kefietown
Jun 15, 2013 7:41 AM CDT
We were going into the theater, when we heard a number of people coming out saying just how BAD the new Superman was. We went over to another theater to see the reissue of Jurassic Park, instead. Wonderful!
ewd76
Jun 14, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
I was hoping for a new Superman movie. Now all we need is another Batman. This time Batman can be a liberal instead of a conservative.