Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Man of Steel by Zack Snyder, 2013 (PG-13)
with Henry Cavill (Immortals), Amy Adams (Julie and Julia, The Master, Trouble with the Curve, The Fighter), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Mud), Diane Lane (The Legend of Bagger Vance), Russell Crowe (Robin Hood, American Gangster, The Next Three Days, Broken City), Antje Traue (Pandorum), Harry J. Lennix, Richard Schiff (Solitary Man), Christopher Meloni (True Blood), Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard), Ayelet Zurer, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Contagion), Dylan Sprayberry, Cooper Timberline, Richard Cetrone, Mackenzie Gray, Julian Richings, Mary Black, Samantha Jo, Michael Kelly (Now You See Me, Did you Hear About The Morgans?, The Adjustment Bureau, House of Cards - season 1), Rebecca Buller, Christina Wren, David Lewis, Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Doug Abrahams, Brad Kelly, Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Mike Dopud (Battlestar Galactica)
From the director of "300"
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Man of steel is the symbol of a new generation of movies made to make us feed from violence, special effect and faked induced essential emotions, such as fear, nostalgia, loss, love. Everything is shifting from one combat of extraordinary destruction to a tiny moment of dialogue, summarizing a pretending relationship we are supposed to bound to, or a very intelligent strategy we cannot understand so there is no need to expand on, then back to violence, back and forth, with no sense of storytelling, nor humor. It is not a drama, it is not a comedy, it is definitely not intelligent, and it doesn't make anyone feel better about humans, or superheroes, it is a useless cold made movie from templates. It is an action movie. Or perhaps action is good enough, destruction movie might do then. Terrible and tiring.
Oh, and worst of all, the cast is amazing, which makes it even more of a waste...
Most relevant reviews read afterwards:
"The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence."
- David Denby, New Yorker, July 1, 2013