Man of steel -Quick thoughts

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Forget saving the world, I’m going to get a Slurpee.

 

I took my son to see Man of steel today. I’m not going to do a review of it because I like to focus on older films and I’m lazy. Here’s some quick thoughts on both sides

 Negatives-

Not sure that the opening scene added a lot to the film and Russell Crowe probably just demanded some action for his part.

I’m still not sold on the Superman costume. The old suit is kind of like a classic football uniform like the Colts or Bears, it’s classic and doesn’t need to be made darker or more metallic.

I can kind of understand the idea of Superman not being trusted by the people of earth as I guess we humans are like that. However out of all Super Heroes over the years Supes was accepted pretty easily and he may be in the next film, but this film kind of goes against an idea that’s existed for Super for decades.

The idea of devastating a city in a fight in the comics is nothing new. They go to great lengths to do it in this film, but I kept thinking Superman would try to end this as quickly as he could without damaging and endangering humans. Maybe he couldn’t because of the threat, but the filmmakers seem to relish in the destruction.

The part where Lois and this scientist are supposed to arm this missile but it doesn’t work and they don’t know why it isn’t happening. Turns out they didn’t have a lined up right the first time. The scientist eventually figures it out, but everybody on the plane except Lois dies because they couldn’t see that it was not lined up. Seemed like a stretch to me.

The positives far outweigh the negatives overall, here’s a  few-

Once it gets going the action is stellar.

The leads of the films are solid.

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner were particularly good as the Kents even though they were smaller roles.

The visuals are spectacular all the way through.

I like how the film goes back and forth with flashbacks to show Clark’s background.

The blending of  sci-fi and Super Hero elements are well done and that’s not an easy task.

Amy Adams has somehow gotten more attractive as she’s gotten older.

The settings particularly the snow regions were great.

Battles, battles and more battles if you’re patient.

 

 

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Those Phantom Zone barbers sure did a poor job!

 

Dr. Smith’s Insult of the week

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Never fear Smith is here to pass on another insult to you. At this point I feel that you are ready for a more complicated insult. This week it is Hard-headed Harbinger of Evil. You may have to be patient and wait for just the proper moment to use this one, but it will be well worth the wait.

Lois and Clark- Vatman

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“You’re a Superdork”             “No, you are”

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What’s this about?

Superman is in France saving a plane from crashing. Meanwhile back in big old Metropolis Lois, Perry, Jimmy and Clark watch it on TV. Wait, a minute… Clark? How could that be? Some thing is loopy here. So Clark wants to find out what the heck is going on. Eventually he runs into the other Superman who acts like a really little kid only you know with super strength and stuff. Lois suspects this Superman is not real either because he looks at her like she’s a slug. Turns out Lex Luthor is behind this, no surprise there. Lex hired a corrupt scientist to make a close of Superpest with the reason being to train him to whoop the real Superstinker. However as with all evil plans there’s a flaw in the slaw-seems Superclone is fading and so he’ll die so Lex launches him after the real big guy. Eventually there’s a big showdown on an old western town movie set after phoney Supes takes Lois there to lure the real hero in. They battle but pretty soon imitation Supes gets winded and knows he’s not long for this world. He has a change of heart and gets back the lock of hair Lex used to make the clone. Superman (the real one) has to burn the fake Superdude and the lock of hair so there be no more clones. Roll the credits.

 

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What’s up?

The negatives-This show always had a fair amount of humor and that may not be for everyone.

The positives-I make no secrets about being a big fan of this season and season one was my favorite because it had Lex, a developing relationship between Lois and Clark, the better Jimmy plus Clark and Supes are both still figuring out their roles in life. This was a good episode that focused on those roles. I like that Clark and Supes struggle to figure things out at times in this show. Lex is a great villain here as he always has an evil plot brewing and just shows the cocky, nasty attitude that make him a great villain.