Friday, October 04, 2013

Two films in four days

In the space of just four days, I have seen the best film I've seen for a long time, and the very worst film seen for a very long time.

When "Man of Steel" came to local cinemas, we were enjoying our long cruise, so we missed it. We regretted it, but thought we'd probably hire the DVD on some occasion. I was a little suspicious when the film had such a short run at Rugby Cineworld, but happily took the opportunity to see it when it returned for one day, as part of Cineworld's "Take 2 Thursday" series.
A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

I'm no film critic. I just know what I like and dislike, and why. This film is dross. It has very little human interest - and not really much Kryptonian interest, either - no humour, little pathos. It has a lot of special effects, most of them conveniently high-speed (it must be much easier for the effects guys to do), with Superman and Zod throwing each other around Metropolis, destroying huge swathes of it as they do so. The Man of Steel may have amazing strength, but there doesn't seem to be a lot going on between his ears. A brighter superman would have taken the fight elsewhere and saved millions of lives, and destruction such as gives insurance companies nightmares. Those sequences were dramatic for the first two minutes, but I sympathised entirely with the under-12s in the audience who were very bored after the first half hour.

This is a film to miss.


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