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'Man of Steel' (Superman) Reviews
Multiple links in body of thread | June 14, 2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT by EveningStar

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Man Of Steel - Official Teaser Trailer

Man of Steel - Official Trailer #2

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The movie opened today. Here are some reviews:

Rotten Tomatoes

Metacritic

E Online: Man of Steel Reviews Are In-Superman Flies High With Critics

Yahoo: First Reviews Are In: Is 'Man of Steel' Too Dark, Too Big, Too Much?

The Independent (UK): Man of Steel: Reviews round-up - S is for Serious not Superman as Henry Cavill dons the tights

CBS News: "Man of Steel" critics' reviews: Film wallows in sorrow more than soars

New York Post: Supes soars to new heights in 'Man of Steel'

Fox News: 'Man of Steel' review: Special effects overkill, thin story ground latest Superman

IGN: Superman's reborn in grand fashion.

The Guardian: Man of Steel - review

Forbes: Review: 'Man Of Steel' Fails To Take Flight

USA Today: 'Man of Steel' leaves destruction in superhero quest

The Hollywood Reporter: Man of Steel: Film Review

Total Film: Man Of Steel

Digital Trends: Review: 'Man Of Steel' is an epic, angsty Superman reboot

Screen Crush: 'Man of Steel' Review

Digital Spy: 'Man of Steel' review: Henry Cavill soars in new Superman movie

The Washington Post: 'Man of Steel': Henry Cavill stars as Superman in this bombastic reboot

The New York Times: Movie Review: 'Man of Steel' (video)

Los Angeles Times: Review: In 'Man of Steel,' Henry Cavill soars over an erratic plot

IMDb: User Reviews

IMDb: External Reviews


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1 posted on 06/14/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 06/14/2013 8:02:47 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar
Fox News interviewed a lady from Rotten Tomatoes about the weekend box office and she was perplexed about the number of negative reviews. She loved the movie.

IMO, the Superman character is so ingrained into society that everyone has their own opinion as to how he should be portrayed. It's doubtful you'd ever get universal praise or criticism, not matter how good or bad a movie about him might be.

Remember, some folks loved Superman Returns.

3 posted on 06/14/2013 8:10:07 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: EveningStar

I liked it....A!!!


4 posted on 06/14/2013 8:10:25 PM PDT by ak267 (THORIUM....ENERGY OF THE FUTURE!!!!)
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To: EveningStar

I’m going to see it tomorrow. I have two friends who’ve already seen it and they gave it very good marks.

It seems that most of the critics who have panned it wanted it to be more like Richard Donner’s “Superman.” Well, that was a very good film. But it has already been done, and “Superman Returns” showed us what happens when you try to make it again.


5 posted on 06/14/2013 8:11:46 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: EveningStar

I just saw it. Not bad at all. MILES better than previous Superman movies, which were mostly unwatchable. Some of the fight scenes had too many fast action closeups, but all in all a good movie. It took decades but technology can finally do justice to superhero movies.


6 posted on 06/14/2013 8:12:24 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: EveningStar

Saw it tonight. Loved it.


7 posted on 06/14/2013 8:14:22 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: Bratch

I liked Superman Returns, but I hated Broadway Lex Luthor. I was convinced that Kevin Spacey was going to break out in a song.


8 posted on 06/14/2013 8:16:24 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: EveningStar

Any gay scenes...like the James Bond movie?


9 posted on 06/14/2013 8:17:48 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: GrootheWanderer

A guy I work with saw this movie and gave it a hearty thumbs up. I might just have to go see it.


10 posted on 06/14/2013 8:20:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jonty30

If only Marlon Brandon were still around!


11 posted on 06/14/2013 8:22:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: EveningStar
Comments from last night's premiere postings on another thread...

All in all my wife & I liked it - really good story and character development actually, and good casting - especially Superman. I liked it a lot more than expected.

However, for a 2:28 minute movie they could have cut out at least 28 minutes of gratuitous property and building smashing and explosions, still had tons of such action left, and the movie would have lost nothing.

I swear if they'd smashed another couple dozen buildings more than the couple thousand they smashed throughout the movie, I would have lost it. Toward the end when they got tired of trashing all the cities on Earth and decided to take the fighting into orbit and start smashing satellites, I almost started laughing.

Regardless, a good movie overall and probably the best Superman movie yet. I'd recommend it.

12 posted on 06/14/2013 8:22:39 PM PDT by MCH
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To: EveningStar

Best Superman movie ever!


13 posted on 06/14/2013 8:26:44 PM PDT by Ruger1099
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To: BobL
FWIW, the Superman books introduced one of the first gay characters in comics back in the 1980's.


14 posted on 06/14/2013 8:32:04 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; skinkinthegrass; ...

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15 posted on 06/14/2013 8:32:49 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Perdogg

“’Man of Steel’ is really the Obama story ‘cause it’s about a guy who’s not from here & has the power to see & hear everything you’re doing.”
-Jeff Dunham


16 posted on 06/14/2013 9:12:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: EveningStar

I saw it this afternoon.

All these good reviews surprise me.

If a good movie is all about effects and choreography, and wall to wall fist fighting then the movie was great.

Plotwise it totally bombed

There was hardly ANY character development

There was 10 times more alien technology than there was Superman saving the day.

Too many flashbacks to cover early years.

WAY too much collateral damage. NO WAY all those buildings fall without killing thousands of people. Virtually nothing left of the city which Superman didn’t seem to mind punching holes in. Where did all the people go??? the city looked like a nuke hit it, but no dead people on the streets.

WAY too much emphasis on Zod and this new element of Kryptonians being a bunch of test tube breeders.

I was totally disappointed in it overall.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 9:31:03 PM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: EveningStar

Almost 26,000 reviewers have reviewed it on imdb.com, with a score of 8.4/10.0 ... An excellent overall rating. I ignore what critics say, and reliably count on what viewers my age have said...

See review:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/ratings?ref_=tt_ov_rt


18 posted on 06/14/2013 9:45:50 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: EveningStar

Loved it. Loved the character development but really loved the Christian imagery.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 10:03:01 PM PDT by Frapster (Forgive the typos... They know not why they are there.)
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To: Ruger1099

Who was the villain?


20 posted on 06/14/2013 10:04:03 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: Safrguns

In this day and age, you can watch the trailer beforehand and know exactly what you were getting, which is mainly special effects.


21 posted on 06/14/2013 10:10:06 PM PDT by MitchSeaGull
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To: EveningStar

Really enjoyed the movie. The casting was excellent. Really was great to see Jor-El do more in this movie. Job well done by Russell Crowe. My only complaint would be the shaky camera and the end seemed to drag on a bit too long.

The Jesus allegory was definitely in this movie. Couldn’t escape it.

Can’t wait for the next one and where they take this.


22 posted on 06/14/2013 10:10:58 PM PDT by Revelation Concepts
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To: diamond6

General Zod


23 posted on 06/14/2013 10:11:41 PM PDT by Revelation Concepts
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To: EveningStar
I'm to old to watch this steaming pile of cow flop. The very thought of such Orwellian new-age revisionism makes me ill.
24 posted on 06/14/2013 10:27:19 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: EveningStar
Saw it today. I gave it an 8, my wife gave it a 9. It was a little slow getting started, but had a good ending. The middle was special effect utopia. Overload? Can you have “too much” ice cream?

It isn't “Gone With The Wind”, IT'S A SUPERMAN MOVIE! You know, like in comic books.

I must say Diane Lane had a stand out performance worthy of an Oscar. Not likely in a Superman Movie.

I would characterize this Superman movie as the “Chronicles of Superman” or Superman meets “The Chronicles of Riddick”, with a few Avatar flying things.

This is one of “THE BEST” Superman movies. If you like Superman, you won't be disappointed.

We saw the 3D version. As with most 3D movies I've seen, there just isn't enough 3D STUFF in it.

Go see it. Take the kids. Have some popcorn and enjoy the show.

25 posted on 06/14/2013 10:41:22 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Revelation Concepts

i saw it tonight. i, too, loved the Christian allegory. in the beginning i loved the brief ‘anti-population control’ mention which was almost pro-life/anti-abortion considering all the developing babies in the shot.


26 posted on 06/14/2013 10:53:41 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

Plus the end of the movie where the government tries to spy on him and what he does to the drone.


27 posted on 06/14/2013 11:07:52 PM PDT by Revelation Concepts
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To: Bratch

I had an interesting learning experience back in 1978. I had always been a huge fan of Superman comics. I had a friend who was mentally challenged and couldn’t read, but he absolutely loved the old TV series with George Reeves. When we talked about the movie, he didn’t like it because it was so different from the series, while I loved it because it was so close to the comics. It’s all a matter of perspective.


28 posted on 06/15/2013 12:44:34 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: Revelation Concepts

Oh, God...


29 posted on 06/15/2013 12:50:59 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: EveningStar

I just got back from seeing it. Overall, I was happy I saw it, but I was also conflicted. I would say it was at least 100 times better than Superman Returns from a few years ago, but it was only about half as compelling as the first Christopher Reeve 1978 Superman movie. On a scale of 1-10, this was a 6.

Maybe I’m just getting old (44) but I have to agree with many of the previous posters who have noted the gratuitous length of the fight scenes. It literally becomes boring as the special-effects artists find ways to destroy building after building across the New York/Metropolis skyline (by the way, why is every superhero movie taking out their wrath on the buildings of New York? Can’t we get just one super villain taking out Chicago or LA for a change?).

I get it, General Zod and Superman don’t like each other. You don’t have to beat the audience over the head with it. I could have happily traded ALL of the highly CGI-ed fight scenes for a few reasons to care about the characters:

- Lois was just a prop, the movie didn’t provide a reason to care about her relationship with Superman/Clark. She could have died at any time and the movie would have provided the same emotional relevance as a nameless extra dying.
- The movie didn’t offer reasons to deeply care about General Zod, or his crew, other than that they were wrecking lots of stuff, and it would be nice to stop them.
- Perry White, see Lois.
- Even the adult Superman himself. You always gotta root for the guy in the red cape, but beyond the suit, the man himself didn’t make you fall in love with the character. Having said that, the flashbacks in which we see Clark as a child DOES offer some emotional resonance.

On the other hand the movie offers a world of reasons to care about Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and he did not disappoint. Looking back I think he is really the star of this movie, even if his screen time is limited. Also Jor-El’s wife does a decent job, as do Clark’s earth parents. And a special call out to Christopher Meloni. As an army colonel who was basically reprising the same character he plays on Law & Order SVU, nobody glares at everyone like him.

Overall, I would say it was really nice to see Superman flying across the screen again. My hope is that the sequel will invest a little more in the characters and a lot less in fights that go on for seemingly hours at a time. I understand that is what superhero movies are about, but (as
Iron Man, Spider Man and Batman did extremely well) give us some reasons to care deeply about the characters and the people they care about before you start breaking everything in sight.


30 posted on 06/15/2013 2:14:25 AM PDT by TooMuchCowbell
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To: Bratch
Remember, some folks loved Superman Returns.

These are the same people that like to eat liver and think France has actually won a recent war.

31 posted on 06/15/2013 3:22:00 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: TooMuchCowbell

I’ll state up front I’ve not seen the movie and most of the reviews have not given me a reason to see it, including yours. Your closing thoughts on character development vs. CGI are spot-on for many of Hollywood’s efforts today. You can easily spend multi-bucks to get great CGI and be confident of the result. The same cannot be said for good writing, directing, or acting. Since those involve humans, it’s a crap shoot on the outcome.


32 posted on 06/15/2013 3:26:38 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45
...I’ve not seen the movie and most of the reviews have not given me a reason to see it...

It has flaws - what movie doesn't - but it's worth the price of admission - once. Go to a matinee. I'm gonna see it again today. I missed some things returning the Coca-Cola I borrowed.

33 posted on 06/15/2013 4:27:41 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Tonytitan
I'm gonna see it again today. I missed some things returning the Coca-Cola I borrowed.

I might go again to a matinee just to see some of the Easter eggs I missed. I caught the LexCorp trucks and building but missed "Wayne Towers". there are supposed to be some more.

34 posted on 06/15/2013 4:44:14 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: GrootheWanderer
I've seen several repetitive gripes..."it wasn't fun","it reminded me of 9/11", "the Christian imagery was over the top", yada, yada, yada.

I'm sure the line from Superman "I was raised in Kansas, general...I'm as AMERICAN as it gets" didn't help, either. Other critics hate the parties in the movie.

Fans seem to love it, and the box office will be the BOTTOM line; whiny navel-gazing critics notwithstanding.

35 posted on 06/15/2013 4:44:30 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TooMuchCowbell
Can’t we get just one super villain taking out Chicago or LA for a change?

I didn't see it, but didn't the last Transformers flick trash Chicago? The there's Battle: Los Angeles...

36 posted on 06/15/2013 4:53:54 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Bratch

I really enjoyed it. The characterization of Superman felt very different this time around. In every other film/TV show, Superman always felt like a human with an exotic background and super abilities. With this film’s focus on Kryptonians, even by the end of the movie I still saw Superman as an alien living among us.

I thought that was very different and interesting.


37 posted on 06/15/2013 4:57:07 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: jdsteel
Some of the fight scenes had too many fast action closeups

They do that to make for a better transition to the small screen when it hits HBO/MAX/SHOWTIME, etc.

38 posted on 06/15/2013 6:17:26 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: Ruger1099
Best?


39 posted on 06/15/2013 6:43:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jdsteel

Superman 2 from 1980 is a minor masterpiece and better than any of the others.


40 posted on 06/15/2013 11:45:26 AM PDT by Borges
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To: EveningStar

I’ll pass...
i am completely sick of these superhero movies.
Actually I was sick of superheroes back when i was 16.


41 posted on 06/15/2013 1:01:25 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: TooMuchCowbell
Thanks for the excellent review. I'm also fed up with the "gratuitis length" of fight scenes. I've gotten to the point where I won't go to a movie that's rated R for violence.

Want the complete opposite of the movie you described? That would be "The Internship". It's the ultimate culture clash played out with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn at their having-a-good-time best.

42 posted on 06/15/2013 1:11:42 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

Thank you! And “The Internship” was on my list of movies to see, but now I’m going to put it at the top and either go see it before the weekend is over, or next weekend at the latest. Thank you for the tip!


43 posted on 06/15/2013 8:05:41 PM PDT by TooMuchCowbell
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To: TooMuchCowbell
versus

Payne/Powell looks more the part.

44 posted on 06/16/2013 7:26:45 PM PDT by inkfarmer
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To: Personal Responsibility

Hated the new “suit.” What’s wrong with the outside underwear?


45 posted on 06/18/2013 2:04:00 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: All

It was LOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooong and disjointed.

The writing might have succeeded if they had not been lost in a world of krypton rewrite.

In the end it it just an ancient greek mythology ripoff of heracles.

I would say wait for cable/netflix or whatever costs least.

you could check you emails and look for any interesting FR postings DURING the movie and not mis a single relivent point.

It was ok, not ooooh ahhh good.

not a lazy pathetic pseudo rewrite like the Star Trek II reboot.


46 posted on 06/18/2013 2:11:47 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: who knows what evil?

the illegal alien lobby is pushing this as an example of being illegal.

they forget clark kent was “a” adopted and “b” represented as the product of martha and johnathan kent depending on which incarnation.


47 posted on 06/18/2013 2:19:25 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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