Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Being Superman is hard

  • From the trailer alone, I could already sense that this was going to be a serious movie. From the voice over to the slow-motion shots, it was all so unnecessarily dramatic.
  • There's such palpable pall cast over this entire film, from the script down to the actors, that no one was allowed to make a joke, save for a police officer in the last 10 minutes of the film.
  • Everyone is so gaddamn grim and serious. Even serious journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) just had to make it known that she is a Pulitzer winner, as if the other Lois Lanes in the Superman franchise had a BA degree in lipstick, minor in miniskirts.
  • Even Superman (Henry Cavill) is not happy because he is not allowed to use his powers, because his dad told him so.
  • <sarcasm>There is so much to feel sorry for Superman; my heart goes out to him. :-( </sarcasm>
  • It was depressing. The world has Superman and all the filmmakers could focus on--pessimistically--was the weight of such a 'problem' -- how a child could possibly process, much more, bear such responsibility; how governments could trust one man having alien powers*. This is a fantasy movie--if we really are going to take everything so seriously, deal with existential problems, and take an academic approach to Superman, etc. then WHY MAKE HIM WEAR A CAPE? (Though I won't be surprised if the DVD extra does include a feature on the science behind the cape.)
  • In an attempt to humanize Superman, we get this convoluted prologue and epilogue (the movie felt that long), and everyone is explaining everything in detail, even the science behind science fiction, and so I look at my watch.
  • In a few words: This movie is trying hard to be Dark Knight/Watchmen, which is ironic since the men responsible for those movies are both involved in this one.
  • I will ascribe this to birth pains and pressure. The sequel should give them more freedom since they won't have to explain Superman's back story any longer.
  • On a positive note, the fight scenes were what it would probably look like if superheroes did fight.
  • Also, Superman is hot. And I like it how he doesn't even seem to be aware of it.
  • By the way, no need to splurge on 3D or IMAX - the 3D effects were not that heavy.
*Recent film portrayals of Spiderman and Batman also gave credence to these issues but they worked--I felt sorry for them.

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Geosef Garcia said...

Comparing 'Man of Steel' with 'Batman Begins' (both are firsts of their respective trilogy), which for you is better?

Jason D. said...

Hello :-)

I think the very fact that Man of Steel got Christopher Nolan onboard meant they wanted it to be somber and dark as Nolan did it for Batman, hence, it's the blueprint for this latest Superman franchise.

It was much easier, for me at least, to understand Bruce Wayne's angst, as compared to Clark Kent's. I felt Man of Steel ended up having this convoluted storyline just to introduce the mythology and justify the angst, whereas with Batman, it was easier to psychoanalyze the character yourself.

Geosef Garcia said...

Yes, it was easier for me to sympathize with Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent. Batman was better in harvesting emotions from us, but I'm giving Superman a chance; movies 2 and 3 are yet to be shown anyways. :)

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