MAN OF STEEL - Grading & Discussion

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Agent Richard07, Jun 11, 2013.

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Grade the movie...

  1. A+

    10.6%
  2. A

    20.9%
  3. A-

    18.3%
  4. B+

    9.9%
  5. B

    11.4%
  6. B-

    4.2%
  7. C+

    4.9%
  8. C

    4.9%
  9. C-

    3.4%
  10. D+

    3.4%
  11. D

    3.8%
  12. D-

    2.7%
  13. F

    1.5%
  1. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

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    In this reality Zor-El was the founder of the house. So Kara is Kal's great X 10^30 aunt ... or something.
     
  2. CaptainCanada

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    Minor amusement: The Kryptonians take direct strafing from the 30mm cannons of a flight of Thunderbolt IIs, and aren't even scratched. At which point, the soldiers decide to land and confront them with assault rifles and handguns.

    Quite liked the movie, overall.
     
  3. davejames

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    Yeah that's how it appeared to me as well. Obviously Zod could have easily sliced that family in two with his heat vision, but he realized he was beaten and had no more purpose left with Krypton gone, and so he put Superman in a place where he had no choice but to kill him.
     
  4. flavaflav

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    B+

    Very good movie. Not too much I can complain about. The complete destruction of Metropolis was a bit much, but I guess that's gonna happen when you have two Kryptonians going at it. Not really a complaint, but I was very surprised by Supes breaking Zod's neck. I was very disappointed Clark would kill, but he was really backed into a corner, in the context of the story, and had no choice. So I can live with it. I can't place my finger on it, but there was a little something missing. Maybe it dragged a bit during the end battle? I'll have to think about it more. And that's it on the complaints, if you can even call them that.

    Anyway, imo, this is easily the best Superman movie ever made and completely craps all over the god awful Donner version and Returns. The guy who played Supes was perfect. How he played Clark was very well done. The fight scenes were sick. No slow-mo!!!! Woo hoo!!! Loved how fast all the Kryptonians were. It was like fight scenes from the animated series, and that is how a Superman movie should be. Lois was a worthwhile character, and much better than I thought she'd be. Zod was badass. I mentioned the destruction of Metropolis and death of Zod as slight nitpicks, but I think those two things will make the sequel even better in regard to Lex Luthor's inevitable grudge against Supes. I really liked all the little twists they did with the backstory, and thought they made the whole movie better.

    As I said before, best Superman movie ever by far. Can't wait for the sequel and see how they use Lex. I'm thinking he'll be very close to the animated version that i'm familiar with. I really hope they do some set up for Brainiac too.
     
  5. Enterprise is Great

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    Just got back from seeing it...one word review...AWESOME!
    A+++++++ Best Superman movie ever.
     
  6. davejames

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    I have to admit, I haven't felt this energized after a movie in quite a while. And it's not so much because of the story or the action (both of which I loved); it's just because Cavill inhabited the character so damn well-- and was so damn likeable and human and badass-- that he really makes me want to see more of this Clark and Superman.
     
  7. Shazam!

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    Absolutely. It's always a good sign when you want to see the next one immediately.
     
  8. Captrek

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    Like many, I was a little disappointed in the film. The spectacular CGI and sound effects kept it from being boring, but in terms of character and plot I thought it was nothing groundbreaking. I've been thinking, if we had it to do over again and were rebooting the DC universe anew with a Superman movie, how else could we approach it? I came up with kind of a genre-bending approach that I think could have been great if done right.

    In my concept, the protagonist is Lois Lane. She's an investigative reporter. Updating the character for modern times, she probably works for a television news network rather than a daily newspaper. She's gorgeous, which is an asset on television, but also a liability because many people assume that she got where she is on looks alone.

    She gets a new colleague, Clark Kent. He's a good reporter and a really nice guy, a man of remarkable kindness and compassion. He quickly falls head over heels for Lois. She greatly respects him as a colleague, a friend and a good person, but she does not return his romantic feelings.

    One day a crisis threatens Metropolis and a superhero shows up to save the day. Lois begins investigating this Superman. He has better ways of disguising his face and voice than Christopher Reeve, so it's believable that even when she meets Superman she doesn't recognize him. As she gets to know him better, she falls in love with him. Only after falling in love with him does she figure out that he's Clark Kent. She already has his heart, but in order to make love work she must convince him, and more importantly herself, that she loves him for who he is as a person, and not just for his superpowers.​

    It's a chick flick crossed with a superhero movie. The superheroics are a subplot and exist to serve the main story, rather than the story being constructed as an excuse for the superheroics. It's a human story about human characters, establishing a human world before introducing an alien superhero into it and focusing on how his presence affects the humans, rather than spending a lot of time on the elaborate backstory of an alien civilization and alien characters who will soon be disposed of. Because it reveals only as much of the alien backstory as the human characters need to know, it provides a lot of flexibility to further develop that backstory to serve the needs of sequels (or to leave it mysterious if it is not needed). In the hands of writers and directors who understand women (or are women), it could be a film that appeals directly to women instead of relying on men to drag women to the theater.

    [Story-wise, the concept draws from existing material. Most of what I described up there happens in the Donner films, but those films don't explore these themes, and they tell the story from the perspective of Jor-El and Clark rather than the human characters. Plus they make Clark and Superman similar in appearance but very different in personality, while I suggest the reverse.]

    What do you think? Would this have been a good approach for the reboot?
     
  9. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Damn straight.

    I want to see more of what the guys who conceived this movie can do with the premise as well.
     
  10. Lapis Exilis

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    I love it! And since it focuses on Lois, and on the romance angle, and the human emotion of the characters, you'd want something for the title like... I don't know, like...

    Lois & Clark!

    Sorry - I don't mean to be too obnoxious, truly - I just couldn't resist. What you describe was done as a television series in the 1990s, launching the career of Teri Hatcher as Lois. You sound like you may not be aware of that show.
     
  11. Captrek

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    I had heard of the show but never seen it and don't know much about it.

    So the idea isn't unprecedented. The question stands: would such a film have been a good vehicle for the reboot?
     
  12. Guy Gardener

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    Wow, even when Kryptonian's wet the bed, they super-wet-the-bed.
     
  13. Greg Cox

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    If anyone's interested, io9.com has just posted an excerpt from the book. Chapter Two, to be exact, featuring Jor-El's adventures on Krypton.
     
  14. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

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    Kryptonians also like skimpy bed clothes.
     
  15. CorporalClegg

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    It's an excellent premise of a TV series, but I don't know how it would sell as a feature. Plus it's totally dependent on who they cast as Lois. I still think Hatcher is the best Lois to date, and I think whoever would be cast in such a film would have to be even better.
     
  16. davejames

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    I'm open to seeing a Superman film done in a different style and genre, but not as a chick flick romantic comedy.
     
  17. Captrek

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    I hadn't thought much of casting. Certainly, elevating the character to main protagonist would make demands of the actress not made of other actresses who have played Lois. Any ideas of who would be a good candidate for the role?

    I wasn't thinking romcom. A romance, yes, but taken seriously.

    And the conventional superheroics and big action sequences would still be there, but in the service of a more down-to-earth anthropocentric story.
     
  18. CorporalClegg

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    It's hard to say. Unfortunately, Dana Delany is almost 60. She still looks amazing and not a day over 40, but I think any chance of her playing Lois has passed, sadly.

    Otherwise, Adams certainly has the chops, but it's more a matter of fit. And that's hard to judge without a frame of reference. Also, the chemistry would have to be better. Her and Cavil's chemistry wasn't that great. It wasn't terrible by any means, but in that type of environment, it would have to be much better. Nothing kills a romantic movie faster than a lack of chemistry between leads.

    Cain and Hatcher's chemistry was so good that there were types you'd think they'd just run off for a snog between takes.

    And say what you will about Smallville, but Welling and Durance also had amazing chemistry. Their relationship was the one thing the show can say it did really well, and was holding things together those last few meandering seasons.

    All that said, it's only fair to point out Cavil and Adams didn't really have much romantic screen-time together. For all we know, MoS2 could focus primarily on their relationship and their chemistry my turn out to be great.
     
  19. Captrek

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    Speaking of actresses for whom it is too late, the STM DVD extras include screen tests of Margot Kidder and other actresses auditioning for the part. I loved what Stockard Channing brought to it. It would have been interesting to see those films with her instead of Kidder. Apparently Donner felt that she came across as too tough and smart to be an effective damsel in distress.
     
  20. BillJ

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    This just sounds really dull.

    When I go and plop down $15-a-ticket, I want to see a spectacle with amazing special effects and earth-shattering sound.

    Man of Steel was exactly what I was looking for.