The long awaited Superman reboot Man Of Steel opened at the weekend. I liked it in parts but some people seem to REALLY hate it. Where do you stand?

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  • Comment number 129. Posted by Cool Hand Smiley

    on 19 Jul 2013 21:53

    I have to confess I am not a fan of comic book superheroes or movies for that matter.

    However I liked what Christopher Nolan did with Batman and because he was attached to this film I thought maybe I can be convinced that Superman can be serious and grown up.

    I really enjoyed the first hour and a half, however like most people I found the last 45 minutes a let down. The CGI was OTT and not that convincing in which we witness a city reduced to ruins. There is too much going on - superman fighting Michael Shannon (who is excellently miscast and has no villain presence) and the US military/Lois Lane entangled in it all.

    Overall the film is good but I cannot understand why Warner Brothers hired Zack Snyder to direct. If there is to be a sequel Nolan should take the reigns. I think the film has been wrongly criticised for not showing enough character development, like with most first chapters it introduces us to characters the development comes later.

    Like with Prometheus I avoided the hype - but I am an outsider to both franchises and maybe that's why I enjoyed the films more!

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  • Comment number 128. Posted by craigely

    on 10 Jul 2013 20:06

    A fantastic film all round I thought.
    Admittedly the interpretation deviates from the known norms. It's a fantastic effort to initiate the New generation to the world of superman. In my opinion. A gud choice of cast n crew. So many people blame the actors for bad acting. 99% is down to the director. Zach gives superman a human touch whilst still embodying the slight superiority of a man who's superior.

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  • Comment number 127. Posted by Moon Cat

    on 8 Jul 2013 13:19

    For the most part I enjoyed it. As others have said, it's a film of distinct parts. The origin tale and background stuff had a the feel of a "Superman Begins" all over it and I enjoyed this version of Krypton and the life and times of the early Clark Kent. It's just a shame that the film lurched jarringly into an SFX overkill orgy of migraine inducing destruction that even Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay might think was a little over the top. And how loud was this film?
    Sure, I want to see Superman doing, you know, Supertsuff - something "Superman Returns" lacked somewhat in favour of soul-searching - but this seemed like over compensation on a grand scale.
    I think all the actors did well with what they had, although characterisations seemed a bit sketchy rather than fully rounded. Henry Cavill looked and sounded the part and it seemed to end just as he was beginning to shine. I'll look forward to another instalment with the fervent hope that the director and producers know when to put the brakes on!

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  • Comment number 126. Posted by Dicky

    on 8 Jul 2013 01:26

    I pretty much agree with Mark on this one except the word 'dull' is the wrong word to describe it. I would describe it as Diet Batman Begins as in it seems to have modelled itself on Nolan's Batman Begins but comes up less in every department. Batman Begins had issues with the action at times, not by the quantity but the way in which the cameras are positions, here in Man of Steel the action is over the top, noisy, too indulgent and ultimately just wrong. I think most of Man of Steel works really well but the action does ruin it.

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  • Comment number 125. Posted by Mark

    on 5 Jul 2013 17:23

    A typical Hollywood block-buster action-packed effort stuffed full of millions of dollars of high end, state-of-the-art special effects - and franky the poorer for it. Because although this flick leaves one's senses reeling from a stunning full-frontal assault the heart in this 'epic' is sadly lacking. When one compares this to the original Chris Reeve/ Marlon Brando movie I find myself harking back to the fun, charm and 'heart' of the 1978 Richard Donner classic. And to be perfectly honest there were times during the movie that I just wanted The Man of Steel to 'knock-out' the baddy and get on with the actual story rather than engaging in a seemingly endless onslaught of frantic crashing and head-bashing causing more damage to the city and its bewildered citizens than 'General Zod' and his dark cold lieutenants ever could! A great 'effect effort' but a dry, dessicated story with little spark and definitely no glow.

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  • Comment number 124. Posted by D_A_I_S_Y

    on 2 Jul 2013 22:41

    I really loved the Bryan Singer one, so this was always going to be difficult for me despite the lovely Henry Cavill, but it managed to bug me for reasons totally unrelated to my love of 'Superman Returns'. For example, there were random decisions to provide a rationale for certain things but not others - so they made a joke about the 'S' on his costume, but didn't seem to have much to say about why the Kryptonians all spoke English. There were some totally stupid bits of dialogue - 'It's not the first time Clarke has done something like this' from one of the parents of the school bus crash survivors. Really? What? And no-one was sufficiently bothered about his previous humanly-impossible stunts? Miscasting, e.g. General Zod - weird and un-scary. And all the stuff that was missing, like the pants, Kryptonite, the theme tune (I know they were trying to break away from that, but it really interfered with the feeling that the movie was an 'event' for me, at least). And Superman was quite destructive - I sort of thought that he was meant to be more honourable and caring, but he came across as a bit like Hulk from the Avengers, just scooting around crashing into buildings. The best bit in the whole thing, was the storm flashback - actually really emotional. But I didn't really think much of this version of Superman. I suppose it was better than the original 3 and 4 films, but it was nowhere near as good as 'Superman Returns', in my humble opinion.

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  • Comment number 123. Posted by Alex_Temple

    on 29 Jun 2013 19:51

    I agree with you, Mark: Man of Steel is not great, but not bad either.

    What's good about it?

    1. Excellent action (mainly at the end)

    2. Beautiful photography.

    3. Nice direction.

    Bad about it:

    1. A complete lack of humour or romance. Especially from Superman himself.

    2. Too much action. And very loud.

    3. Lack of depth in supporting cast. We didn't know or care about them.

    It looks like Christopher Nolan tried to make another Batman movie. Big mistake: they are two different animals. Batman is dark; Superman bright. And Superman would NEVER deliberately kill anybody.

    The Christopher Reeve ones were much better.

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  • Comment number 122. Posted by Malcolm MacLaren

    on 29 Jun 2013 00:06

    Good in parts (the gentler, understated parts - I though Kevin Costner was particularly good and Henry Cavill was engaging and charismatic) but too long and far too repetitive in the latter action sequences. Seriously, less is more; I like exciting action as much as the next person but all we had here was a succession of formulaic sequences. The flying was good though!

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  • Comment number 121. Posted by Anthony Quinn

    on 28 Jun 2013 11:36

    If you are a superman fan then you want superman to do super things, not laying on a sofa pouring his heart out to a Psychiatrist for two and a half hours. If you want all that soul searching thing go out and buy Smallville, it's well covered in there. You want to see Superman flying around smashing through walls and fighting Aliens. I have never been a DC fan, always a marvel fan but I think this is as good as it gets as far as Superman goes. The bit with his dad the dog and the tornado, Naaaaa!!!! wasn't having that.

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  • Comment number 120. Posted by Dexter

    on 27 Jun 2013 20:26

    I went into Man of Steel trying to avoid the reviews so that I could have an open mind and make my opinion my own, so this was my impression on it:

    It was not Superman, it was a man with Super Powers I was watching. I felt that the opening was poorly done and boring to watch, and I kept noticing that they used eliminates from other sci-fi films (The Matrix and Avatar most noticeably), and I found it difficult for me to care who Superman's parents were and where he came from.
    Then the middle segment could have been so much more interesting if it didn't jitter back and forth and had more Kevin Costner. And I don't mind films cutting back and forth if I find it relevant like Memento or Inception...and yes I did use Christopher Nolan films for that purpose, seeing that he produced this film.
    Than the last third of the film was at it's dullest with the banging and the fighting and the crashing and the flying and the shouting and the explosions turned up to volume 13+.
    None of it felt like Superman, and it left me disappointed.
    Where was his weaknesses and his limitations and his personality (Henry Cavill didn't seem to put much into it).

    Then I watched Superman Returns and tried to figure out how it was a box office flop, because with that film it had so much more than I could have wanted with a Superman film. It had his strengths and weaknesses, his personality (Brandon Routh was a much better Superman than people gave him credit for) and it made you care about each character.
    In my opinion, people will have a much better time purchasing Superman Returns on DVD or Blu-Ray than buying a 3D showing of Man of Zzzzteel.

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