First Man of Steel Reactions: From "Awesome" to "Abysmal"

#1 Edited by novi_homines (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

Positive

-"Short version: Looks amazing, action is awesome, Cavill & cast are excellent. Unlike any Superman film we’ve seen so far…

Long version: More of an origin story of Kal-El than Clark Kent - if that makes sense - from the opening scenes on Krypton to the arrival of General Zod and the threatened genocide of humanity, Man of Steel is about what it means to be human - how Kal-El finally accepts he is Clark Kent, and how human kind accept Superman as one of our own. It’s a film about being an outsider - being different, and accepting yourself whether others do or not. It’s a film about fathers and sons, and - with more than a few sly biblical references - it’s a film about faith. Not necessarily religious faith, but faith in others. Faith in yourself. Negatives would be the lack of character development in anyone other than Kal/Clark - Martha Kent and Lois Lane both suffer from underwriting, and Lois Lane especially is denied the chance to develop beyond two strong scenes, becoming a damsel in distress/love interest by film’s end. Not quite at the same level as Batman Begins, but gives a stronger platform for sequel development than Superman Returns did."

Some reactions from "movie people" and one second-hand account sent his way:

"One dm I got for MOS stated that it made him weep it was that great. He wishes he could write about it and break this embargo."

"MOS is awesome:) Best Summer movie yet.

"I loved MOS. Completely disagree with people nit picking "not enough personality". It's different: Bigger action, tight, VERY focused story."

Negative

This is a second hand account from an unnamed movie blogger:

"I haven't seen Man Of Steel yet, but from those that have (and are under embargo) I've heard it's abysmal. 4 or 5 said go in with way, way lowered expectation, and that they've removed all sense of character from the film"

Jenn Murphy

"There's a reason why they told us not to tweet about the movie we just saw: IT'S TERRIBLE!!!
Also it definitely fails the Bechdel Test. Seriously can big budget movies create a decent role for a woman? It's getting pretty ridiculous."

Source

Seems to be some mixed reactions. One thing that seems to be consistent though, even with the positive reactions, is that this movie doesn't seem to have as much character development as we might have thought.

- "Negatives would be the lack of character development in anyone other than Kal/Clark"

- "removed all sense of character"

- Completely disagree with people nit picking "not enough personality". It's different: Bigger action, tight,VERY focused story."

- "can big budget movies create a decent role for a woman? It's getting pretty ridiculous."

This is only the first wave of people who've seen the movie. More reactions will be incoming in the next few weeks.

#2 Edited by zenden566 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Some critics will just say its awful just to cause a bit of a uproar and drama.

#3 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio
#4 Posted by longbowhunter (7689 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm...I don't like the no character development part. But it is a Superman story. The focus should be on Kal. At least for the first one.

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