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Review: Man of Steel (Chris Bumbray's take)

Man of Steel (Chris Bumbray's take)
Jun. 14, 2013by:
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PLOT: With the planet Krypton on the verge of destruction, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) defies the evil General Zod (Michael Shannon) and sends his son Kal-El to Earth. Thirty-three years later, Zod arrives on Earth, looking for the grown Kal-El, now known as Clark Kent, or rather Superman (Henry Cavill) who's only recently begun to embrace his powers. Now, he must save his new home from imminent destruction by Zod, even though the humans aren't sure he can be trusted.

REVIEW: You gotta love it when a big tent-pole blockbuster that's been hyped and hyped for well over a year finally comes along and lives up to all your expectations. For me, that's exactly what MAN OF STEEL does. I've been anxious to see this new take on the Superman mythos ever since I heard Christopher Nolan was on-board as a producer. Anyone who's read my reviews knows I'm a big fan of his, although having seen this I suspect his name being so prominently attached to the film was more for marketing purposes and branding than anything else. That said, MAN OF STEEL is as bold a departure from the previous Superman movies as BATMAN BEGINS was compared to the eighties/nineties Batman series, in that this is not the light take on the character we grew up with. While a controversial move that's already dividing fans, to my way of thinking, this was really the only possible way Superman could have ever been made relevant to a generation that- with the reception to SUPERMAN RETURNS- already proved that they weren't interested in a light, traditional take on the character.

For all the hype about this being Nolan's Superman, his influence is really only felt in the darker tone, and I imagine he also had a lot to do getting Hans Zimmer to provide the incredible percussion-heavy score (itself as different from the John Williams soundtracks as this is from the Donner films). Make no mistake though, MAN OF STEEL is a full-on Zack Snyder film, and if the fans respond positively to this, he's the one who deserves a lot of the credit (as does writer David S. Goyer). While Snyder stumbled badly with SUCKER PUNCH, his filmography up to now has been pretty good, although to me this feels like the best thing he's ever done, even next to 300.

Right from an incredible action-heavy prologue on Krypton, that plunges Russell Crowe's Jor-El into a frantic battle to save his newborn son from Zod, it's clear MAN OF STEEL is going to be a roller-coaster ride you need to strap-yourself in for. Crowe and Ayelet Zurer as Superman's Kryptonian parents make a perfect contrast to Kevin Costner and Diane Lane's earthier take on the Kents, and while his screen-time may be limited, Crowe's really at his best here, bringing the same gravitas to the part that he does in something like GLADIATOR, and seems surprisingly at home in full-on sci-fi fantasy mode, shooting laser guns, and riding flying creatures across Krypton (this whole part of the movie is like something out of HEAVY METAL- in a good way).

Once we get to Earth, the traditional way of telling Superman's origins is dropped, as we pick up on Henry Cavill's Clark Kent as an adult on the verge of discovering his roots, flashing back (LOST-style) to his picturesque upbringing in Smallville, under the nurturing guidance of his adoptive parents. Diane Lane exudes warmth as Ma Kent, while the ideally cast Kevin Costner gives a truly amazing, heartfelt performance as Jonathan Kent.

But what about Superman himself? While Christopher Reeve will always be Superman to me in the same way Sean Connery will always be James Bond, he really makes the role his own similar to how Christian Bale did in BATMAN BEGINS and Daniel Craig did for Bond in CASINO ROYALE. While a relatively fresh-face, Cavill carries MAN OF STEEL like a movie-star, and owns the screen every time he's on it. Physically, he's the perfect match for the part, with a strong jawline, jet black hair, and a truly super heroic physique. Even better, he perfectly conveys the compassion that defines the character, with Snyder getting a lot of mileage out of the Christ parallels that have always existed for the character (it's no coincidence he's 33 when he dons the cape, the same age as Jesus Christ at the crucifixion). Despite the fact that this is a much darker adventure for Superman than we're used to, the character is still portrayed as the altruistic, noble character we love. In other words, he's still recognizable, and while the movie may be dark and brooding, the character is not.

Meanwhile, Amy Adams' take on Lois Lane is the most modern the character's ever been, with her being the first actress to ever play the part that feels like she actually could be a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (here just back from being embedded in Iraq). Like Diane Lane, Adams exudes warmth, and while her romance with Superman is definitely put on the back-burner in favor of action, I imagine it will evolve over the course of the series. All in all, she feels like an excellent choice for the character. Ditto Laurence Fishburne as certainly the toughest Perry White of all time.

As for Michael Shannon, wow. He's absolutely one of the scariest superhero villains I've ever seen. While he's ferocious, Shannon doesn't play him as unhinged. In a huge departure from the power-mad take on the part by Terrence Stamp, Shannon's Zod was bred to be exactly what he is, so he's not played as some kind of raving maniac.He's a tyrant, but that's what he was made to be. The same goes for his right-hand woman, Antje Traue as Faora, who's not the psychotic Sarah Douglas/Ursa substitute we may have expected.

Of course, MAN OF STEEL will certainly divide fans. A lot of people may not like the fact that Superman's been made into such a dark film, but again I can't see any other way it would have worked. In some ways SUPERMAN RETUNRS proved that nowadays audiences are too cynical for the traditional approach to the character. Snyder's made a Superman movie that's absolutely jam-packed with action, and the set-pieces are breathtaking. The last hour of the movie is essentially all action, and yes, MAN OF STEEL is another blockbuster like THE AVENGERS/ TRANSFORMERS that has a body count that must be in the millions (the destruction heaped upon Metropolis is practically biblical) . The final battle between Zod and Superman is especially good, and surprisingly violent, pushing the boundaries of PG-13 in a way I would have never expected from a Superman movie. Also- don't expect any WATCHMEN/300-style undercranking. Snyder's approach here is more grounded.

My only real criticism for MAN OF STEEL is that once again, we have a 3D movie that doesn't feel the slightest bit three-dimensional. This could (and should) have been in 2D, and more often than not I forgot I was watching something in 3D, although I should note I saw the Real-D version, and not the IMAX 3D edition.

Otherwise, I absolutely loved MAN OF STEEL. While there's always room for improvement (I'd like more Clark/Lois in the next movie, and the scene where Superman first gets his super-suit is almost hilariously abrupt) this is remarkably assured for a first film in what's bound to be an incredibly successful series. Sure, the reaction to this is mixed so far. Folks will come around. Cavill is our generation's Superman, and he's here to stay.

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3:27AM on 08/23/2013
I felt the need to come back to this review and read it again. I can't believe the hate this movie gets. There is too much action, not enough story, blah, blah, blah. Jesus, it is a Superman movie. What do you expect. The origin was good, the action scenes were amazing, it was over the top just like it should be. I don't want another Batman movie that is trying to be more realistic. That is not what I want my comic book movies to be. Not a slam on those movies, I just prefer the all out carnage
I felt the need to come back to this review and read it again. I can't believe the hate this movie gets. There is too much action, not enough story, blah, blah, blah. Jesus, it is a Superman movie. What do you expect. The origin was good, the action scenes were amazing, it was over the top just like it should be. I don't want another Batman movie that is trying to be more realistic. That is not what I want my comic book movies to be. Not a slam on those movies, I just prefer the all out carnage and action that I feel the comics give you. I think Snyder gave us that in this movie and just enough plot to get by.
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10:57AM on 07/08/2013
I loved the film. It had real heart to it.
I loved the film. It had real heart to it.
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1:08PM on 06/23/2013

The action and destruction is justified in this movie.

****SPOILERS*******

This is an origin story, do people really not understand that this isn't a fully seasoned Superman yet? Do people really not understand that this is his first time doing anything of the sort. He is still struggling and finding out what it means to be Superman. When a group of Kryptonians (you know, same powers as Superman) that are born warriors try to invade Earth and kill everyone....then there is going to be absolute destruction and deaths. THAT'S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.
****SPOILERS*******

This is an origin story, do people really not understand that this isn't a fully seasoned Superman yet? Do people really not understand that this is his first time doing anything of the sort. He is still struggling and finding out what it means to be Superman. When a group of Kryptonians (you know, same powers as Superman) that are born warriors try to invade Earth and kill everyone....then there is going to be absolute destruction and deaths. THAT'S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. Again, this is not Superman at his full potential...at all. He doesn't know what it is to truly be a hero yet...this whole movie is a learning process with key events to help discover what that really means. Man of Steel is a fantastic way to start a franchise.

Did I forget to mention he still saved planet Earth?

9.5/10 for me.
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11:12AM on 06/23/2013

People woke up...

Please woke up after a week and this turd plummeted 80% and will continue; they'll blame it on Monster U and being a kids movie but it just sucked. Hope the sequel doesn't pan out.
Please woke up after a week and this turd plummeted 80% and will continue; they'll blame it on Monster U and being a kids movie but it just sucked. Hope the sequel doesn't pan out.
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2:44AM on 06/23/2013

AWFUL SHIT

Thought this was a pile of shit. It was a just a dumb fucking action movie in the same vein of the Transformers movies that just happened to star Superman instead of giant robots. Once Zod made it to Earth it was an hour and half of action, and boring action at that. I don't mind them changing up the origin story a bit since it's one thats existed for nearly 90 years, but what they did was just dumb. Jonathan Kent's death was so stupid and forced. I mean everyone was focusing on running to the
Thought this was a pile of shit. It was a just a dumb fucking action movie in the same vein of the Transformers movies that just happened to star Superman instead of giant robots. Once Zod made it to Earth it was an hour and half of action, and boring action at that. I don't mind them changing up the origin story a bit since it's one thats existed for nearly 90 years, but what they did was just dumb. Jonathan Kent's death was so stupid and forced. I mean everyone was focusing on running to the overpass and Clark could have ran really fast and saved the dog, but no. His father had to die so the scene becomes a plot device. The whole idea behind his John Kent's death was that even with all of his super powers, a heart attack was one of the things he couldn't stop to save his fathers life. This one all John Kent does is wave his hand and say no when Clark clearly could have saved him quickly without anyone really knowing what happened. The whole movie is just another mind numbing action movie that makes millions because the general public are mindless sheep, but it just so happens to be about Superman. Him becoming the Clark Kent identity at the end makes no logical sense as they were all introduced to him first as Superman. At least if they know Kent first they have less reason to suspect he is Superman as his awkward and clumsy person has already been present in their personification of who Superman and Kent each are. I'm done ranting now, but this movie was just god awful and it makes me really angry that this is the kind of Superman we're going to get on film for the next decade or so thanks to the public falling in love with a brain dead action porn version of a character who is deeper than just destroying whole cities while "defending" it's people!
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7:44AM on 06/22/2013

spot on

I can 100% agree with this review!
I can 100% agree with this review!
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3:56AM on 06/17/2013
Fuck dude, this movie was total Justice!
Fuck dude, this movie was total Justice!
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10:56PM on 06/15/2013

TO CHRIS

BTW....I am trusting your opinion on movies for now on...so I too will be looking for your reviews
BTW....I am trusting your opinion on movies for now on...so I too will be looking for your reviews
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10:55PM on 06/15/2013

WOOOHOOOO

THANK YOU!!! AND THANK YOU JOBLO..for letting someone else review this movie!! My god I thought the sky had fallen when I saw 7 out of 10...totally and utterly RIDICULOUS!! This was the BEST Comic Book Movie I've seen to date!! that said lightly just cause there have been really really great ones....but this one is absolutely up there with them and actually I think it has set a new bar for popular culture movies....it was FANTASTIC and deserves all the accolades it gets...its obvious that they
THANK YOU!!! AND THANK YOU JOBLO..for letting someone else review this movie!! My god I thought the sky had fallen when I saw 7 out of 10...totally and utterly RIDICULOUS!! This was the BEST Comic Book Movie I've seen to date!! that said lightly just cause there have been really really great ones....but this one is absolutely up there with them and actually I think it has set a new bar for popular culture movies....it was FANTASTIC and deserves all the accolades it gets...its obvious that they worked very hard on the script and EVERYTHING ELSE!!! Just sayin, it shows....and does not deserve a 7 by any review...especially not here on this site...I know we all have our own opinions and all but c'mon...Man of Steel DELIVERED BIG TIME!!!
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3:47AM on 06/15/2013
Man of Steel delivered in every way I had hoped & expected. This is the Superman we deserve.
Man of Steel delivered in every way I had hoped & expected. This is the Superman we deserve.
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6:53PM on 06/14/2013

Absolutely agree

While I understand a lot of the way people have reacted badly, I enjoy it because it is not my father's Superman. And I said a lot more in my own review.
While I understand a lot of the way people have reacted badly, I enjoy it because it is not my father's Superman. And I said a lot more in my own review.
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5:46PM on 06/14/2013

Thank You

No offense to the other reviewers on JoBlo.com but Chris Bumbray's opinion is the one I hold in the highest regard and will always search for in your reviews. You've gotta get this guy on every review you do for the site, please.
No offense to the other reviewers on JoBlo.com but Chris Bumbray's opinion is the one I hold in the highest regard and will always search for in your reviews. You've gotta get this guy on every review you do for the site, please.
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5:29PM on 06/14/2013

This man is not our enemy.

If I break away from all the details... I loved Man of Steel because it took me away, the way movies are suppose to - in almost record time. The Krypton intro hit me in the chest and made my imagination gasp. To fight to lean forward during a thrill meant to push your senses back into your chair is something special. Too many movies these days shoot for spectacle. That's fine. But MAN OF STEEL had heart, morals, and convictions that remind me of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
If I break away from all the details... I loved Man of Steel because it took me away, the way movies are suppose to - in almost record time. The Krypton intro hit me in the chest and made my imagination gasp. To fight to lean forward during a thrill meant to push your senses back into your chair is something special. Too many movies these days shoot for spectacle. That's fine. But MAN OF STEEL had heart, morals, and convictions that remind me of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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11:52AM on 06/14/2013
Irregardless of negative opinions, I am looking forward to this movie. I'm not a huge Superman fan, but I've always felt like the scope and scale of his films never reached far enough. People keep talking about the final hour of destruction here as being boring and repetitive, but it actually sounds quite fitting to me. It sounds like they finally achieve a level of epicness appropriate to Superman and I hope that this is only a platform from which a new series of films can be launched.
Irregardless of negative opinions, I am looking forward to this movie. I'm not a huge Superman fan, but I've always felt like the scope and scale of his films never reached far enough. People keep talking about the final hour of destruction here as being boring and repetitive, but it actually sounds quite fitting to me. It sounds like they finally achieve a level of epicness appropriate to Superman and I hope that this is only a platform from which a new series of films can be launched. Hopefully, in the future, a series of films that are more original and give us new Superman tales.
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12:43PM on 06/14/2013
While I agree... You said "Irregardless"

Thumb down.
While I agree... You said "Irregardless"

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10:40AM on 06/14/2013
This review is a breath of fresh air. This was the second opinion I needed to read.
This review is a breath of fresh air. This was the second opinion I needed to read.
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10:39AM on 06/14/2013

Don't Miss It

Agreed-that is a very well-written review Chris and you pretty much took the words right out of my mouth concerning the film. As far as two other cast members you didn't mention- I was glad to see Chris Meloni get as meaty a part as he did as L&O:SVU hasn't been the same without him and I hope we will see more of him on the big screen. The other is Rebecca Buller as Jenny Olsen. She is never referred to as Olsen in the film and even IMDB merely lists her character as "Jenny", but she really
Agreed-that is a very well-written review Chris and you pretty much took the words right out of my mouth concerning the film. As far as two other cast members you didn't mention- I was glad to see Chris Meloni get as meaty a part as he did as L&O:SVU hasn't been the same without him and I hope we will see more of him on the big screen. The other is Rebecca Buller as Jenny Olsen. She is never referred to as Olsen in the film and even IMDB merely lists her character as "Jenny", but she really makes the audience fear for her character in peril and make a connection even though she's not on screen for more than five minutes. They should have introduced her character as "Jenny Olsen" earlier in the movie, audiences would've connected with the modern take on the Jimmy Olsen character, instead half the movie going audiences won't even make the connection that that's who she is. Anyway, this movie exceeded my expectations and Hans Zimmer's score is IMO the best superhero movie score since The Dark Knight.
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10:17AM on 06/14/2013
This film is proving pretty divisive. That's not usually a good thing. I hope I fall on the side that likes it.
This film is proving pretty divisive. That's not usually a good thing. I hope I fall on the side that likes it.
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7:53AM on 06/14/2013
Fantastic review bud. The critics just can't let go of Christopher Reeve from what I've read so far.
Fantastic review bud. The critics just can't let go of Christopher Reeve from what I've read so far.
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7:28AM on 06/14/2013

9/10

This movie met my expectations and more. Costner and Crowe almost steal the show. Their limited roles are simply incredible. Cavill and Adams are wonderful. Even the kid playing Clark in high school deserves much credit. The flashbacks with the Kent's are probably my fav part, so emotional and important to learning the type of man Clark is.
This movie met my expectations and more. Costner and Crowe almost steal the show. Their limited roles are simply incredible. Cavill and Adams are wonderful. Even the kid playing Clark in high school deserves much credit. The flashbacks with the Kent's are probably my fav part, so emotional and important to learning the type of man Clark is.
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7:24AM on 06/14/2013
The 1st hour is extraordinary with scenes and
visuals of war on krypton and Batman begins
kind of character development flashbacks.2nd act
is like Roland emmerich alien invasion Disaster
film and 3rd act is like Michael bay's Transformers
3. 2nd and 3rd acts without proper story
development and emotion,messed up the
film.the movie looked very dark.there is no
spectacle wearing clark kent.it looked like clark
kent is trying to be Bruce wayne
The 1st hour is extraordinary with scenes and
visuals of war on krypton and Batman begins
kind of character development flashbacks.2nd act
is like Roland emmerich alien invasion Disaster
film and 3rd act is like Michael bay's Transformers
3. 2nd and 3rd acts without proper story
development and emotion,messed up the
film.the movie looked very dark.there is no
spectacle wearing clark kent.it looked like clark
kent is trying to be Bruce wayne
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7:12AM on 06/14/2013

Amazing flick.

Just got back from the theater. Had a lot of fun and I can honestly die happy now that I've finally seen a great Superman movie. The originals are fun (I and II of the Donner flicks), but this is what I've wanted my whole life.
Just got back from the theater. Had a lot of fun and I can honestly die happy now that I've finally seen a great Superman movie. The originals are fun (I and II of the Donner flicks), but this is what I've wanted my whole life.
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6:08AM on 06/14/2013
Man Of Steel is so tonally different when compared to what the first two trailers painted it to be. If you can get past that expectation in your head, it's an awesome, awesome film. If you keep expecting a Nolan film instead of a Zack Snyder visual extravaganza, you're bound to be let down. Simple as that.
Man Of Steel is so tonally different when compared to what the first two trailers painted it to be. If you can get past that expectation in your head, it's an awesome, awesome film. If you keep expecting a Nolan film instead of a Zack Snyder visual extravaganza, you're bound to be let down. Simple as that.
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5:12AM on 06/14/2013

Finally Brumbrays review is here!!!

Just sawit earlier tonight. Your review is spot on. Your reviews are just always soo well done. Thanks again Chris!!
Just sawit earlier tonight. Your review is spot on. Your reviews are just always soo well done. Thanks again Chris!!
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4:32AM on 06/14/2013
I'm booked to go watch this on imax 3d, I've never wished for a Monday morning to get here so quick!

Good review though. I don't care that much for begins or casino, they were 'ok' for me but I've not had many repeat viewings. To be honest, after a day/week at work I just want to melt in my seat and catch a good popcorn flick, and mos looks like a perfect remedy.
I'm booked to go watch this on imax 3d, I've never wished for a Monday morning to get here so quick!

Good review though. I don't care that much for begins or casino, they were 'ok' for me but I've not had many repeat viewings. To be honest, after a day/week at work I just want to melt in my seat and catch a good popcorn flick, and mos looks like a perfect remedy.
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9:08AM on 06/14/2013
How dare I say such things about the beloved Batman Begins and Casino Royale, thumb me down some more, this blasphemy!
How dare I say such things about the beloved Batman Begins and Casino Royale, thumb me down some more, this blasphemy!
3:35AM on 06/14/2013
I'm seeing it on the biggest screen I can get to as soon as possible. From the reviewers who are savvy enough to recognize quality in superhero-material, it sounds like a mega winner. Seems like Snyder,nailed it and made something similar to artist Alex Ross's portrayal of the supers, realistic yet heightened, as if they were modern-day demigods.
I'm seeing it on the biggest screen I can get to as soon as possible. From the reviewers who are savvy enough to recognize quality in superhero-material, it sounds like a mega winner. Seems like Snyder,nailed it and made something similar to artist Alex Ross's portrayal of the supers, realistic yet heightened, as if they were modern-day demigods.
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3:16AM on 06/14/2013

No undercranking?!?!!!'

No undercranking was really disappointing! Cavil, Costner, Crowe, and Traue were awesome! Product placement was worse than a Bay film, I was expecting Supes to sit down at IHOP and order some B & E during a fight.
No undercranking was really disappointing! Cavil, Costner, Crowe, and Traue were awesome! Product placement was worse than a Bay film, I was expecting Supes to sit down at IHOP and order some B & E during a fight.
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8:01AM on 06/14/2013
Not worse than a Bay film, but I chuckled that in the midst of the chaos Sears was left standing.
Not worse than a Bay film, but I chuckled that in the midst of the chaos Sears was left standing.
2:41AM on 06/14/2013

A new kinda supes

MOS is a mix of sci fi and super hero movie imo..a lot of details havent been touched by previous superman movie..you'll love it..
MOS is a mix of sci fi and super hero movie imo..a lot of details havent been touched by previous superman movie..you'll love it..
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7:58AM on 06/14/2013
Not worse than in a Bay film, but I chuckled at the fact that in the midst of so much destruction Sears was still standing.
Not worse than in a Bay film, but I chuckled at the fact that in the midst of so much destruction Sears was still standing.
8:02AM on 06/14/2013
Whoops, posted in the wrong place.
Whoops, posted in the wrong place.
8:53AM on 06/14/2013
no worries bumbray..still dig ur review .. :)
no worries bumbray..still dig ur review .. :)
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2:13AM on 06/14/2013

I didn't hate Superman Returns, but I didn't love it either.

It was a decent enough flick for a follow up to Donner's films, but otherwise, it was a little old fashioned, and therefore missed the charm that the late 70's and early 80's films had. Roth did a fine job with his Reeves' impersonation, and Spacey was terrific as Luthor (Shocking! I know.), but nothing really shined about it. I like Snyder, and I think he's got a lot of potential. Visually, he's always been solid, but he's lacked a bit intellectually, which will hopefully be made up for
It was a decent enough flick for a follow up to Donner's films, but otherwise, it was a little old fashioned, and therefore missed the charm that the late 70's and early 80's films had. Roth did a fine job with his Reeves' impersonation, and Spacey was terrific as Luthor (Shocking! I know.), but nothing really shined about it. I like Snyder, and I think he's got a lot of potential. Visually, he's always been solid, but he's lacked a bit intellectually, which will hopefully be made up for with Nolan producing. I'm hoping to catch it this weekend, but I'm expecting a decent film. Not a great film, but an entertaining couple hours nonetheless. Whether this will live up to it's comparisons to Casino Royale or Batman Begins is yet to be seen, but I'm betting at the very least, it will be what most people were hoping Returns would've been. Don't let me down Chris! You've been dead on with my opinions as of late.
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2:25AM on 06/14/2013
I agree about Superman Returns. It was okay and Kevin Spacey was actually a really entertaining Luthor, but it clung too slavishly to what went before and didn't push the Superman franchise forward - something which I think Man of Steel has finally accomplished.
I agree about Superman Returns. It was okay and Kevin Spacey was actually a really entertaining Luthor, but it clung too slavishly to what went before and didn't push the Superman franchise forward - something which I think Man of Steel has finally accomplished.
2:12AM on 06/14/2013
Glad Chris Brumbray liked it this much. I'd say it's about an 8. There are some really good character moments, particularly in the flashbacks, and there isn't any actor who is really out of place. Henry Cavill's Superman put my fears about him being an inept leading man to rest, and Amy Adams was a much better Lois than Kate Bosworth was. While I'm glad that this is an action-packed Superman movie, it does get a little bit too blockbuster-y destruction wise in the final act, but thankfully it
Glad Chris Brumbray liked it this much. I'd say it's about an 8. There are some really good character moments, particularly in the flashbacks, and there isn't any actor who is really out of place. Henry Cavill's Superman put my fears about him being an inept leading man to rest, and Amy Adams was a much better Lois than Kate Bosworth was. While I'm glad that this is an action-packed Superman movie, it does get a little bit too blockbuster-y destruction wise in the final act, but thankfully it doesn't become as incomprehensible as Revenge of the Fallen or anything. All in all, a step in the right direction for DC movies.
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1:22AM on 06/14/2013

The critical reaction to Batman Begins and Casino Royale was NEVER mixed.

I see filmaddict has already beaten me to the punch on this one, but its opening weekend Casino Royale was at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and gradually dropped down to 94% before creeping back up to 95%. Man of Steel is at 58%. There's really not much comparison, both of those films you cited were acclaimed from the time the advanced reviews hit.
I see filmaddict has already beaten me to the punch on this one, but its opening weekend Casino Royale was at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and gradually dropped down to 94% before creeping back up to 95%. Man of Steel is at 58%. There's really not much comparison, both of those films you cited were acclaimed from the time the advanced reviews hit.
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1:28AM on 06/14/2013
Ok, point taken. It's outta there.
Ok, point taken. It's outta there.
1:17AM on 06/14/2013
With earlier review of 7/10 and now Chris' review of 9/10, so let's say it's 8/10 - That's Good Enough For Me!
With earlier review of 7/10 and now Chris' review of 9/10, so let's say it's 8/10 - That's Good Enough For Me!
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1:02AM on 06/14/2013

YES YES YES!

This is the review I expected from JoBlo.com, the first was such a fanboy joke. Now this one definitely gets me pumped up to seeing it. This is coming from someone who has been criticial of Bumbray's reviews in the past, yet I still expected his review of MOS to be more honest.
This is the review I expected from JoBlo.com, the first was such a fanboy joke. Now this one definitely gets me pumped up to seeing it. This is coming from someone who has been criticial of Bumbray's reviews in the past, yet I still expected his review of MOS to be more honest.
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12:55AM on 06/14/2013

Ya fuckin' kiddin me??

Your review claims, "Sure, the reaction to this is mixed so far, but the reaction to BATMAN BEGINS and CASINO ROYALE was too at first." This is blatantly false. Casino Royale and Batman Begins were BOTH universally lauded by critics. BB had a high-80s score on RT with an 8/10 average rating, and Casino Royale had a 90-something rating with an 8+ average rating. Man of Steel has (as of my writing this) a 56% with a 6.2/10 average. Sure, some people may come around to it, but let's not pretend
Your review claims, "Sure, the reaction to this is mixed so far, but the reaction to BATMAN BEGINS and CASINO ROYALE was too at first." This is blatantly false. Casino Royale and Batman Begins were BOTH universally lauded by critics. BB had a high-80s score on RT with an 8/10 average rating, and Casino Royale had a 90-something rating with an 8+ average rating. Man of Steel has (as of my writing this) a 56% with a 6.2/10 average. Sure, some people may come around to it, but let's not pretend for a moment that those other two films were ANYWHERE near as 'mixed' in their reviews; in fact, they're pretty much the polar opposite (indeed, they were even both credited by critics for successfully restarting tired franchises -- I'm sort of in awe that you chose those two films as examples in your argument; am I missing the joke or something?). Sorry for the outraged tone, I'm just, like, confused.
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1:07AM on 06/14/2013
I don't think he meant strictly critics. Reaction can refer to fans, movie lovers, and the average movie goer who probably sees 4 to 5 movies a year max in the cinema. Batman Begins and Casino Royale were positively received by critics, but not universally, unanimously by fans and the average moviegoer. Sure, I'd argue the reaction was quite positive, but honestly did you not hear the occasional complaints of the whole "realism" angle of Batman Begins, or the darker tone of Casino Royale by
I don't think he meant strictly critics. Reaction can refer to fans, movie lovers, and the average movie goer who probably sees 4 to 5 movies a year max in the cinema. Batman Begins and Casino Royale were positively received by critics, but not universally, unanimously by fans and the average moviegoer. Sure, I'd argue the reaction was quite positive, but honestly did you not hear the occasional complaints of the whole "realism" angle of Batman Begins, or the darker tone of Casino Royale by making Bond more of a cold blooded killer? Hell even critics nowadays complain that Bond and Batman iare too dark and serious for their own good with the recent sequels (Skyfall not withstanding, but Quantum got blasted for that). No need to be outraged, he had a sort of point that wasn't completely expanded.
1:20AM on 06/14/2013
I agree. Begins & Royal were LOVED by fans and critics. I hate it whenever reviewers put in blatantly false information just to hype a movie.
I agree. Begins & Royal were LOVED by fans and critics. I hate it whenever reviewers put in blatantly false information just to hype a movie.
1:20AM on 06/14/2013
Rt reviews are not only added before opening weekend. Tons of the Begins reviews have been added in the years since. Begins was very well-received, but no unanimously so. And ROYALE, let's not forget all those anti-Daniel Craig websites (which seem like such a joke in hindsight).
Rt reviews are not only added before opening weekend. Tons of the Begins reviews have been added in the years since. Begins was very well-received, but no unanimously so. And ROYALE, let's not forget all those anti-Daniel Craig websites (which seem like such a joke in hindsight).
1:23AM on 06/14/2013
What anti-Craig websites? Maybe before the movie was released. But I wasn't a fan of Craig as Bond before seeing it. In fact it was the glowing reviews that got me to see the movie, and I loved it.
What anti-Craig websites? Maybe before the movie was released. But I wasn't a fan of Craig as Bond before seeing it. In fact it was the glowing reviews that got me to see the movie, and I loved it.
1:24AM on 06/14/2013
And absolutely I mean fan reaction. Heck, even when I did my top superhero movies list people were commenting against Begins. Also- most fans have yet to see Man of Steel. So far the reception is not as positive as Begins, but that could change after this weekend.
And absolutely I mean fan reaction. Heck, even when I did my top superhero movies list people were commenting against Begins. Also- most fans have yet to see Man of Steel. So far the reception is not as positive as Begins, but that could change after this weekend.
1:27AM on 06/14/2013
People were complaining about too much Nolan in your top superhero list, not against Begins specifically. :)
People were complaining about too much Nolan in your top superhero list, not against Begins specifically. :)
1:33AM on 06/14/2013
Fair enough. I think my reference was misinterpreted a bit, but it's been removed.
Fair enough. I think my reference was misinterpreted a bit, but it's been removed.
1:48AM on 06/14/2013
Chris, you pointed out that RT continues adding reviews after films' releases; I'm aware of this, and I was referring to opening weekend for both of those films. I know, because I saw them both in theaters, and remember looking at RottenTomatoes. I remember being incredibly hyped for both films BECAUSE of the reviews, BECAUSE guys like Ebert (who didn't dig all the previous films in the series) were giving 4/4 star ratings, BECAUSE they were both on the IMDb Top 250 straight away. BB basically
Chris, you pointed out that RT continues adding reviews after films' releases; I'm aware of this, and I was referring to opening weekend for both of those films. I know, because I saw them both in theaters, and remember looking at RottenTomatoes. I remember being incredibly hyped for both films BECAUSE of the reviews, BECAUSE guys like Ebert (who didn't dig all the previous films in the series) were giving 4/4 star ratings, BECAUSE they were both on the IMDb Top 250 straight away. BB basically reinvigorated the Batman series, and the idea that "some fans" didn't like it is rubbish since it opened rather weak (thanks to the lack of interest in the series at the time) but held strong at the box office due to great word of mouth. (It also only barely made profit in theaters, but was a huge smash on home video due to word of mouth, and that was the main reason WB greenlit the Dark Knight sequel - because of audience goodwill.) Sorry for the rant, I'm just sayin', those movies are basically the definition of 'universally praised' films - especially when you consider how poorly their predecessors/genres are typically treated by critics.
8:06AM on 06/14/2013
No prob ;)
No prob ;)
12:45AM on 06/14/2013

dammmmn

good to hear!
good to hear!
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12:41AM on 06/14/2013
Glad some people are happy with the review. Guess as long as someone says it is great that's good enough for some. Just a few points though, a compassionate superman would have taken the fight outside of the city with Zod. If the Avengers ended up taking a lot of the blame after what happened with New York, Superman should get it much worse. The government has every right to be worried. Hard to imagine why Supes would worry about a family getting killed after he's basically leveled entire
Glad some people are happy with the review. Guess as long as someone says it is great that's good enough for some. Just a few points though, a compassionate superman would have taken the fight outside of the city with Zod. If the Avengers ended up taking a lot of the blame after what happened with New York, Superman should get it much worse. The government has every right to be worried. Hard to imagine why Supes would worry about a family getting killed after he's basically leveled entire buildings with countless people inside. Is it also really compassionate of Supes to turn the other cheek in the beer scene when he had every right to smack the guy around a bit, only then to go outside and ruin his whole livelihood? That's not being a hero, and it tells me he didn't learn all that much from Pa Kent.
Yes, the last hour of the movie was all action, and that's what made it all boring for an hour. The set pieces were all essentially the same. If you've seen the destruction of Chicago in Transformers, and the destruction of New York in Avengers, a longer version once again is far from entertaining. 300 was way better from Snyder.
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1:08AM on 06/14/2013
who cares?
who cares?
3:31AM on 06/14/2013
I thought it was pretty obvious that Zod was trying to keep the fight in the city and that if Superman left, Zod would have started killing people. I guess if you weren't paying attention you wouldn't understand that however.
I thought it was pretty obvious that Zod was trying to keep the fight in the city and that if Superman left, Zod would have started killing people. I guess if you weren't paying attention you wouldn't understand that however.
4:53AM on 06/14/2013
You make some absolutely valid points. I loved the movie, but the ridiculous destruction in Metropolis bothered me. Not that I'm comparing the two or saying that Snyder was intentionally referencing it, but how long did it take NY to clean up, recover from, and rebuild after the 9/11 attacks? Now multiply that by a few thousands, and that's Metropolis. Realistically it'd take lifetimes to rebuild, and that's just not believable. Also I think the point of the bar scene was that Clark could've
You make some absolutely valid points. I loved the movie, but the ridiculous destruction in Metropolis bothered me. Not that I'm comparing the two or saying that Snyder was intentionally referencing it, but how long did it take NY to clean up, recover from, and rebuild after the 9/11 attacks? Now multiply that by a few thousands, and that's Metropolis. Realistically it'd take lifetimes to rebuild, and that's just not believable. Also I think the point of the bar scene was that Clark could've torn the guy apart with his bare hands where he stood, but instead took it out on the guy's truck. It showed he was growing up and maturing, but not quite there yet. And lets face it, the guy deserved it.
5:15AM on 06/14/2013
Zod was left behind in the city when his ship left. Superman could have picked him up and flew him to the moon or off to the desert. It would have taken all of about 5 seconds as fast as he could fly. From my point of view, and I'm not saying I hated the movie (I'd give it a 6 or 7 personally) but I see a lot of inconsistencies in this movie and that hurt it for me. I see a Krypton that was not in immediate danger, that given their technology could have been evacuated. I see a Superman who
Zod was left behind in the city when his ship left. Superman could have picked him up and flew him to the moon or off to the desert. It would have taken all of about 5 seconds as fast as he could fly. From my point of view, and I'm not saying I hated the movie (I'd give it a 6 or 7 personally) but I see a lot of inconsistencies in this movie and that hurt it for me. I see a Krypton that was not in immediate danger, that given their technology could have been evacuated. I see a Superman who pretends to be handcuffed to satisfy human safety concerns only to turn around and break those concerns two seconds after making his point, a Superman who won't save his father, but will risk exposing himself to save oil rig workers, who won't speak face to face to a drunk, but will wreck his 100 000$ truck out of spite, a Superman who just totaled a city but is disappointed when the army is tracking him after. Hell, I see Christopher Meloni's character being an overall better hero in the movie, standing up to super villains and ultimately making a bigger sacrifice than the main man himself. To be honest I would love to see a Superman-Batman movie now. They set it up perfectly, surely the Dark Knight was keeping up on the carnage that was taking place in Metropolis.
12:37AM on 06/14/2013
Great review Chris, and I cannot wait for 7pm tomorrow.
Great review Chris, and I cannot wait for 7pm tomorrow.
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12:27AM on 06/14/2013

So glad to read your review...

I've been saying this will be the movie of the year, money wise anyway. And I've yet to see a trailer I disliked! Looks awesome, can't wait to see it tomorrow!
I've been saying this will be the movie of the year, money wise anyway. And I've yet to see a trailer I disliked! Looks awesome, can't wait to see it tomorrow!
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12:25AM on 06/14/2013

Fuck yea!!

Gonna be amazing!!
Gonna be amazing!!
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