Man of Steel (2013)

Posted by The Zodiac | Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Monday 17 June 2013 3:35 am

Man of Steel (2013)

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Nothing is perfect and my rating system doesn’t deal with halves so I gave this flick the benefit of the doubt and upped it .5 for visual effects.¬¨‚Ć “Man of Steel” is the most updated version of a Superman flick.¬¨‚Ć After the last “reboot” a few years back, they went back to the drawing board after seeing the success of the Marvel flicks and how they dealt with their character arcs.¬¨‚Ć Don’t lie, DC and pretend you didn’t.¬¨‚Ć Then again, with Christopher Nolan helping with writing and producing the film, I’m sure his influence was projected.¬¨‚Ć After all, he brought a darkness to Batman that others (for whatever reason) didn’t think to do previously on film.

So, we now have a more serious version of Superman with a background story.¬¨‚Ć See, in this, the “S” means “hope” on his original home planet, Krypton.¬¨‚Ć It’s not an “S” at all, but a symbol of his family name.¬¨‚Ć Or something like that.¬¨‚Ć Anyway, he’s sent by his parents via spaceship from his doomed planet after a coup has begun by General Zod.¬¨‚Ć Zod is different from Superman 2’s Zod.¬¨‚Ć Unfortunately, “Kneel before Zod” isn’t uttered once.¬¨‚Ć That’s a positive because you can’t pull it off like “Previous Zod”.¬¨‚Ć Current Zod is pretty good, though. He seems pissed and hell-bent to find the baby that was sent so long ago because he possesses the formula to bring Krypton back to life.¬¨‚Ć See,…Zod is obsessed with Krypton and trying to re-birth it.¬¨‚Ć Hence….the conflict.

After discovering his Earth dad (Kevin Costner) and mom (Diane Lane) adopted him, young Clark always felt different than the other kids.¬¨‚Ć Probably because his eyes could melt things, he could look at his teachers boobs wobble, and he could lift vehicles up.¬¨‚Ć Some of these acts made him feel like he wasn’t like the others.¬¨‚Ć So, when he’s old enough, he ventures out to discover himself.¬¨‚Ć On his first real lead, he’s discovered by Lois Lane, a nosy, thrill-seeking reporter ready for that big scoop.¬¨‚Ć And when she busts in on him…all hell breaks loose.¬¨‚Ć We get ship launches, Ghost-Dad, alien visits, and a pissed off Zod and his very attractive and sexy-when-she’s-kicking-all-kinds-of-ass assistant/wife, Faora-Ul played by actress Antje Traue who also seems to have a Kryptonian name.¬¨‚Ć Alien or not, she might make it on the Hulk Smash list.

Once everything comes into play, and Earth is threatened, Superman is sent to save the day.¬¨‚Ć Director Zack Snyder made sure that your visual experience would be shocking to the system.¬¨‚Ć You felt like Zod when he felt the effects of Earth’s atmosphere.¬¨‚Ć It was a thrill-ride and they didn’t let you rest a bit.¬¨‚Ć It was suspenseful and exciting.¬¨‚Ć I watched the 3-D version so I’m sure the regular version is just as good.

Go see it.¬¨‚Ć I’m a Batman and Hulk fan but this was a great story and well-done.¬¨‚Ć There were a few nuances that had me saying “WTF?” but I looked past them since this was just a super-hero story re-done…again and nothing is perfect.¬¨‚Ć Henry Cavill did a great job as Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent.¬¨‚Ć Dude looked like he spent half the summer in the gym preparing for the role.¬¨‚Ć Question: How does Superman shave?¬¨‚Ć Back on topic…good flick.¬¨‚Ć See it with someone you hate who believes Marvel does a better job.¬¨‚Ć Then get drunk and discuss the flick. Ha!

Happy JUNEXIIITH! *New #MUSIC*!!

Posted by The Zodiac | Notes and Thoughts | Thursday 13 June 2013 12:17 pm

Well, another year is coming for me in this sign of Gemini and this is a doozy!¬¨‚Ć Another decade in the books and to celebrate, I’m dropping this song, “I See The World” from the upcoming CD, ZODDITY!¬¨‚Ć It’s been a whirlwind life so far and there are no signs of slowing down so shout outs to those who have influenced me and hope they all celebrate this birthday in spirit!¬¨‚Ć Soon, it’s off to see one of my influences, Scarface in Las Vegas so I’m off for the 4 hour drive!¬¨‚Ć Geto Boys concert tonight!¬¨‚Ć Whoo!!¬¨‚Ć Peace!