We watched Man of Steel this evening. I’m not going to post a review as my opinion of the movie pretty much falls on the fence between good and bad. I found it rather uneven on the whole, though very entertaining, and I’m too tired to be more specific / detailed about that.
On a superficial level, (a) I’ve always loved the Krypton back story and still think that Superman has the best origin story of the superheroes I’m familiar with (obviously, I’m no expert, but there you go), and (b) the one-on-one battle between Kal-El and Zod were the best action moments (airborne fistfights at hyper speed, YEAH!), though the movie’s destruction sequences took up a pretty big chunk of the time. Overall, I’d rank Man of Steel a little above Star Trek: Into Darkness and way above Iron Man 3 in entertainment value.
Writing and plot? I find the three movies to be the same. But they’re blockbusters meant to be pure escapist entertainment, and they all delivered in different ways, regardless of glaring plot holes, the directors’ ADHD techniques, and some unsympathetic characters.
That said, Andy and I are now all escapist entertainment’d out, and we’ve been eyeing August for sci-fi entertainment with more heft. Oh, look, social commentary! And it’s Neil Blomkamp! He gave us District 9 (hello, District 9 fangirl here!)!
Though Elysium has that obvious Hollywood polish that District 9 didn’t – one of the many reasons why I love D9 – it looks like it’ll be offering us something different even if it’s not as radically different as D9, plot-wise. At the very least, hopefully, a different approach to pretty common and pressing issues that concern us nowadays.
Have I mentioned how much the cast rocks? Sharlto Copley even plays the villain this time around. I’m crossing my fingers for this baby.