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Superman: Man of Boring
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/24/13 9:11 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

I went with a friend last night to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. This is not a review, it is just my personal venting. Also, warning: Some of this blog post may be considered SPOILERS.

So, let me just say, that I'm not a really big comic book fan, but I have generally enjoyed modern super-hero movies, including the original Superman movies, and other flicks like Batman and Robin and X-Men, and more recently Spiderman and Captain America.

But Man of Steel gets off to a bad start, I was genuinely bored by the first 45 minutes. OK, we know Zod (that's General Zod to you) is going to be the bad guy, but the film spends way too much time establishing the beginning of the story on the planet Krypton. There's no new information here, only graphic representations of life on Krypton which, frankly, did not impress me.

The town of Smallville being destroyed in Man of Steel

When they finally do get to earth, somewhat confusingly interspersed with flashbacks to Clark's childhood, literally all they do for the rest of the film is crash people into stuff, destroy towns and blow stuff up. I wasn't appalled by the violence, I was just extremely tired by it.

I do not generally go to see movies with bloody violence, but for me, occasional blow-em-up violence is OK, for example, the kind of blow-em-up violence in the last two Star Trek films (which I originally disliked for completely different reasons). However, Man of Steel just way overdoes it.

There were some good parts of the movie. Russell Crowe was good as Jor-El, but there wasn't enough of him. Had they done a whole movie about Jor-El starring Russell Crowe, I'd pay good money to see that.

The world's not ready for you yet, son.

Similarly, the bits of the movie involving Kevin Coster as Clark's dad and the teenage Clark were interesting and might make a good movie, alas, they already did a whole TV series about that.

I never walk out of movies, but I did last night, with somewhat less than an hour left to go. How does the movie end? I don't know, and I don't care, because nothing in the movie caused me to care about any of those people. I was too distracted by the constant cataclysmic big orange fire-balls.

So, if you like movies with LOTS of stuff that blows up, go see this movie. Otherwise, save your money and watch Captain America on Netflix.


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