I absolutely loved this episode. It was absolutely phenomenal (easily one of the top 3 episodes of this TV season) and in my opinion it definitely deserved a 5 star rating. It was tense, taut, funny, thrilling and horrifying all at the same time. It was also a great use of the entire cast (seriously, Raina was like the only character who didn't appear) and the writing really just was fantastic.
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While I really enjoyed Man of Steel I don't think it deserves to win Best Script Poor pacing, poor structure, just completely amateurish on Goyer's part (Then again that is how I find most of his work). One of the biggest issues here is the flashbacks. Just like in Batman Begins he tries to use flashbacks to flesh out Clark as a character but here they are just hollow. They are poorly placed and don't have anywhere near as good as a mechanism to call to a flashback like Begins did, and they only ended up hurting the pacing and flow of the movie.
Totally agree even though I thought it was best CBM of 2013
The flashbacks fleshed out his character very well, showing how he's always felt alienated because of who he is. Saying they are "Hollow" and "poorly placed" Sounds to me like: "I can't give a legitimate complaint, so I'll toss out some cliches." I have no idea how they "hurt the flow" of the movie. The "flow" was never meant to be chronological. I know the movie had issues (they all do, I think The Avengers had a ton of issues), and wasn't to everyone's liking, but I've never seen a film (Not just on CV, but anywhere) get so many generic complaints. Most of the complaints are just cliches folks are throwing out.
I almost never agree with the Huffington Post, but,
Except it is a legitimate complaint and not a cliche.The flashbacks seriously hurt the pacing of the movie. While they do flesh out Clark more the transitions to them are jarring. Their placement doesn't feel natural because the connections between the scenes and the flashbacks were often tenuous at best. It was jarring and really took me out of the scene. The content of them really wasn't that bad (Possibly Goyer's best writing of the film) but they just felt so out of place that it failed to either inspire any real emotion or feelings for them. There really wasn't a good reason to flashback most of the time and the ONLY purpose they served was to flesh out Clark as a character and it was obvious.
Also did you ever think that the reason the complaints are generic are simply because Goyer's writing was generic? He failed to actually explore the character or even clearly define him. He was stuck between recreating his success with Batman and making a Superman movie, and never really quite achieved either. I enjoyed the movie but it was in spite of Goyer's script, not because of it.
While I really enjoyed Man of Steel I don't think it deserves to win Best Script (and by extension Best Movie). The script was just a complete and total mess. Poor pacing, poor structure, just completely amateurish on Goyer's part (Then again that is how I find most of his work). All his characters do is speak each other, never to each other. They give big monologues but there are never real exchanges between them. People don't speak in speeches. It just created a huge disconnect for a lot of viewers.
He tried to copy his success of Batman Begins but it doesn't work with this movie. Put them side by side and they have almost the same progression. One of the biggest issues here is the flashbacks. Just like in Batman Begins he tries to use flashbacks to flesh out Clark as a character but here they are just hollow. They are poorly placed and don't have anywhere near as good as a mechanism to call to a flashback like Begins did, and they only ended up hurting the pacing and flow of the movie.
While I think that Guillermo Del Toro or Peter Jackson deserved to win for Best Director I can't deny that Snyder did a great job with the poor script he had.
I think that if any of the Man of Steel fights should have won for best fight, it's the Smallville fight. While I don't mind the destruction I think that Zod vs Superman was too grandiose and destructive for its own good. There was more depth to the Smallville fight the Zod v. Superman fight was just them throwing and hitting each other through things. The choreography and execution of the Smallville fight was simply better.
@cyberwarrior: Grayson was definitely more skilled than Jason Todd. I'd even go as far to say that, at the end of the Pre52 he could have gone up against Bruce and hold his own, or even pull a surprise win. He is, how I've always seen it, a younger and better version of Bruce. Then again I also think Grayson was a better Batman than Bruce ever was. He's gone up against most of the people Bruce has gone up against and has beaten them all and even gotten the better of many meta-humans. His abilities all around have always been very undervalued by people and I'm confident he could win against almost any street level character and even beat many powered heroes.
I don't think Phase 2 needs saving at all.
-Thor 2 has generally positive reviews all around.
-Iron Man 3 was a very good film and people need to stop complaining about the Mandarin twist. Aldrich Killian was, technically, your Mandarin. Ben Kingsly's Trevor was the public face of the Mandarin, but Killian even says "You wanted the Mandarin? You're looking right at him.". A different take on it, but I loved how it turned out.
-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have had a rough start but it's improved with every episode and the last two were very good. Don't judge an entire show on just a couple of episodes. There's been a lot of seeds planted in only 5 episodes and the show just seems to keep getting better. It's not great yet but people have to remember Arrow had a weak start as well but it really grew into it's own as it went on.
On the topic of this teaser, it looks great! I see they changed out the old turbines for Arc Reactor like engines.
@allstarsuperman: I thought this week's episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. was great from start to finish. People tend to forget that Arrow also had a very rough start as well, only really picking up momentum halfway through the first season.
I really liked tonight's episode of Arrow as well, a solid 4/5. It wasn't perfect but I didn't really have any major issues with it.
Although Season 9 had it's ups and downs I thoroughly enjoyed it and Angel & Faith was one of my favorite books. I'm so unbelievably excited for this. I love Rebekah Isaacs art, and I hope she's talking over for Buffy Season 10 since Jeanty is drawing Serenity.
Sad to see them leave but I hope Christos is there for more than one issue. I absolutely loved his work on Angel & Faith and I think he'd be a great choice for Flash.