Excerpt: Man of Steel is a bit of an anomaly among summer blockbusters in that its most successful passages are the quiet ones, its dialogue scenes and Malick-ian montages (The Fortress of Solitude of Life?) far more memorable than the actions beats — which amount to an ugly blur of sped-up punches, shaky cam, and blown-out lighting.
Excerpt: Director Zack Snyder gets mired down in origin story-itis, dwelling on the science fiction aspects that have less to do with the Superman than his planet’s story. It’s telling that the film’s most emotional and heroic scene belongs to Kevin Costner.
Excerpt: Viendo la película, no sólo me parece que la estructura es un desastre (Zod debería llegar mucho antes a la Tierra, así como Clark Kent ser Superman), sino que me parece que se les iban ocurriendo cosas sobre la marcha, sin tener en cuenta si narrativamente eran coherentes con lo contado anteriormente, o detenerse a plantar elementos en la trama.
Excerpt: Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL, which was written and produced by the “Dark Knight” team of Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, is absolutely a reaction, if not an outright rebuttal, to Bryah Singer “Superman Returns.” Fans apparently wanted an edgier, grittier and modern take on Superman; not a love letter to a nearly 30 year old movie, and they’ve gotten it here.
Excerpt: he big, make-or-break difference between Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and Man of Steel lies in who’s actually doing the filmmaking. Zack Snyder is a technical wizard and messy, dramatic filmmaker, with a compensating passion for the big screen as an expressive space. He has more sense of cinematic show and shape and in his little toe than Nolan and most of his ilk have in their whole bodies.
Excerpt: It could lead to a super franchise, but aside from a few smiles and flashes of humor, “Man of Steel” never surrenders the long face.
Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
Excerpt: You have to give Christopher Nolan, David Goyer and Zach Snyder an A for effort. Man of Steel, the second attempt to drag the Superman legend into the 21st century may be a bit unfocused and reliant on too much CGI eye candy, but it really takes a shot at extracting some originality and edge from the most moral of all superheroes.
Excerpt: When you look at films like 300 and Watchmen, it’s hard to believe a director with such visceral style, yet devoid of literary capabilities could craft a mainstream picture like Man of Steel. Zack Snyder is maturing, but still has a long way to go before adulthood.
Excerpt: There is an emptiness to Man of Steel, like Snyder is working his way around a blueprint provided for him and he’s hoping no one will notice that he has no idea how to lay the foundation. The movie is visually stunning, but all of Snyder’s movies are pretty.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: The intentions are good, but the movie is a super-mess.
Excerpt: As a life-long comic book fanatic – particularly of Superman – it is with a heavy-heart to report to you that Man of Steel (opening today) is another swing-and-miss take on the world’s most well-known, iconic superhero.
Excerpt: I like this movie in spite of itself, I guess. At the very least I have to hand it to the film that it’s not as awful as its 2006 predecessor. I will look, up in the sky, with hope the next time a film in the series comes around. Rather than dread.