‘Man of Steel’: A Transform(eriz)ed Son of Krypton

man of steelGeneral Zod is a pure bred warrior and self-proclaimed war machine, yet he is rather easily beaten, first by a middle-aged scientist, and much later by a farm boy who was never raised a fist to a person before in his whole life.
The Smallville flashbacks are golden. If only the story could stay there a while, giving us enough time to immerse in young Clark’s troubles and probably shed a tear or two together with him. The filmmakers want to humanize Kal-El, right? So that’s their perfect chance, the reboot’s real heart and soul. Batman Begins dedicated almost an entire film to achieve this. But Man of Steel always have to hurriedly jump right back to its present day dreary mindless destructions, back to predictable action sequences that have no real thrill value.
In Sucker Punch, with all those bland videogame-ish actions, we still didn’t have a solid clue of what will become of Babydoll. Sure we knew she’ll eventually win, but we didn’t know how, and then we were never really sure that she would even survive the movie. But in a Superman story we already know 100% sure that every time Martha Kent and Lois Lane in danger, the Man in Blue will certainly be there, just in the nick of time, to save them (Nevermind those thousands of poor innocent Smallville’s and Metropolis’ nameless citizens. They all can die quite horribly just like that, anytime, anywhere, buried beneath the rubbles of collapsing buildings, another collapsing buildings, and yet another collapsing buildings. May their celluloid souls rest in peace).
Zack, don’t you realize that Goyer dan Nolan have given you a second-hand recycled Transformers 3 plot? Sentinel Prime wants to resurrect ‘Cybertron’, Zod wants to resurrect ‘Krypton’, ring a bell? A sequel is already on the way? So get yourself a better screenplay, or some better writers. Superman is a 75 freaking years old franchise, it should be quite easy to pick up good story–Superman story–ideas. Sometimes, most of the times, less is more. A big action movie doesn’t always have to include massive maximum mayhem to be great. And one more thing: please do hire a proper fight choreographer. Characters like Zod must always have superior fighting skills. And it will be better to have one well-scripted normal-speed fight scene than having a few jumbled high-speed brawls.

My Rating: 6/10


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