Waylon reviews…Man of Steel.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 17, 2013
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Just back from Man of Steel. A few observations.

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1. Century Theatre pretty much ruined half the movie by having the ads and movie way too loud. Wasn’t just me–at least half our row and everyone we talked to on way out was as deaf as if we’d just spent the night in a club on Landsdowne.

2. Speaking of ads, there shouldn’t be ads. Previews are awesome. Ads are for TVs. I’m paying $10.75 or whatever to get in.

3. Cavill was an awesome Superman. Except he needed his red underwear and curly hair thing. But he was awesome. Look forward to the sequel.

4. Lois Lane was a bit…homely. Good actress, though. But…also, not bitchy enough. Lois is well known for being dominant, headstrong, funny, brilliant. This one was…nice.

5. Gorgeous film. Very Terrence Malick. A little more space, slowing down at moments, getting to know the nobility and sadness of Superman woulda be nice.

6. At the end there was way too much human loss of life. I feel like we’re inured to 9/11 x 1000 scenes. I don’t enjoy seeing skyscrapers fall or the Capitol explode (in preview for White House Down) or mass destruction of NYC in every other effing movie. Less is more–we feel the loss of life of one or two just as much as the CGI loss of 1,000s. Epic is epic only when it’s not overused, just as in a musical score. Edit: as mentioned in comments, Superman (and Batman) always managed not to kill. That was part of their moral leadership and fundamental character. And, as with the new, moral-lite Star Trek movies, that spirit of heroism is being lost.

Update: Man Of Steel collateral damage assesment to Metropolis: $750 BILLION dollars, 129,000 dead, and 1 million injured. (uk.movies.yahoo.com)

7. Kids these days: my seat got kicked for half the effing movie, until I grabbed the punk behind me and flew off with him, dropping him into the dead quiet of black, cold, lifeless Space.

8. Overall, awesome.

PS: What?


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Waylon reviews…Man of Steel.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    ya lots of exploding crap. It hurt my eyes. I was exhausted.

    Joel Davis Haven't seen the movie but agree with #6 – unless the destruction is the story (Cloverfield, e.g,). Was not expecting #7. Nice one.

    Angela Bowman For those of you who haven't seen it yet, head on up to the Nederland Backdoor Theater. Small theater, low prices, community spirit, and absolutely no ads! For now, always shown in 35mm. http://www.backdoortheater.org/

    Waylon Lewis Awesome, Angela! Also of course Boulder Outdoor Cinema is fave ever.

    Angela Bowman Backdoor Theater show first run films, though, not old movies. Man of Steel is coming out soon.

    Waylon Lewis Oh! Now I just need to figure out the bus. Sweet.

    Angela Bowman Get on their email list. They end a notice the first of the week for that weekend's films. Sadly, Hollywood will no longer offer 35mm after the first of the year. Only digital will be distributed. No options for 35mm. Bummer!

    Tamara Levitt Seriously? Ads in a film? That's a whole new level of tacky.

    Summer Rayne Oakes I love #7

    Michelle Berman Marchildon I should be Lois Lane.

    Gautam Chopra $10.75? Ha – those were the days! $18.75 on the left coast!

    Kate Baker Linsley Whoa. Did you seriously just refer to Amy Adams as homely?! You know that means, "plain or unattractive," right?

    Anne B. Butterfield Point 6 – excellent. I can't bear super violent films anymore, not only cause they're offensive but mostly cause they're BORING – and I think you showed that in your comment. I pretty much boycott them in response to the CT shooting.

    Gene Malowany I think everyone here is too young to understand the significance of Superman killing. I don't care who it was. This is a hallmark trait of Superman. As I said in my first diatribe about the awfulness of this film, Superman and Batman ALWAYS found a way NOT TO KILL which was a great message. This ending was killing for killing's sake. This is Snyder's interpretation of a 21st century Superman – very poor concept when the world needs just the opposite. And…Amy Adams homely? Never, ever. You must not see very many films to not know who she is or her talent level. But I will agree that, except for Zod, all performances were lackluster. But that's the indication that the director was out of touch with his tools – the actors.

    Matthew Teague Miller I presumed since there were no images of people in those buildings, there was an evacuation. Maybe not, but that's what I was assuming, since there wasn't any depiction of people dying in those buildings. Though that certainly happened in the Avengers, too. Also, FWIW, that wasn't New York City. Superman has killed before in the comics, but only in an extreme situation. Finally, this is Superman via Goyer and Nolan, who have some very different ideas about Superman and Batman than those we grew up with.

    Barbara Marion Krieg-Kitzis #7 gets my vote as the funniest of all kid removing fantasies…Oh, did I forget to say "Just Kidding", ha, ha….

    L.R. Laggy If you don't mind sitting on the close side…back row of front section=no kicked chair

    Gene Malowany Metropolis is NYC. Always was. The killing I was referring to is the neck breaking…not the people in the buildings…although that was never addressed, was it. At least in the Avengers, you saw people being rescued.

    Matthew Teague Miller What city is Gotham then? I too was referring to the killing at the end. That was similar to his killing of Doomsday in the comics. I feel like the destruction at the end of MoS needs to be address in the sequel. It definitely doesn't sit well with me at all.

    Waylon Lewis Kate, Gene, this is just my view. Amy is a great actress–she was amazzzzzing in The Fighter. She's won plenty of awards. But I didn't refer to her acting chops, I referred to her looks and character. I'd do the same if they cast an inappropriate Superman, say Russell Crowe. I'd say WTF, Russell is great, but too old, doesn't have black hair, doesn't look right, not handsome enough in a Supermanny way…yadayada.

    I'm not here to be universally agreeable, just sharing my view. My buddy next to me said something less PC. PS:

    I just watched Russell Crowe, Amy Adams and Fat Cavill on that great gay talk show in the UK and the subject of half the interview was talking about Cavill as being hot, sexy to the women, about Amy touching him inappropriately, about everyone lusting after him, and about Amy being a mom and all. So the imbalance is even acknowledged within the cast itself.

    Finally, can't we see it's probably possible when, once in a blue moon, the gent in a movie is the cheesecake/beefcake? I just wanted someone strong and dominant and funny and lovely, like say what's-her-face from Silver Linings Playbook, to play Lois. Amy's a great actress, again, but though she had a strong role her character wasn't as fleshed out as in the old Superman movies.

    Finally, homely doesn't mean unattractive. It means not attractive. There's a difference. Plain, yes. Ugly, no.

  2. Can't wait to see this movie, will surely revive the DC genre.