Originally Posted by CP1708
Ill, you've been away a while, can you list those thoughts of yours on TDKR and Man of Steel somewhere.....saaaay, a movie thread?
I've seen you reference some thoughts, but not what they actually were.
Disclaimer: This is going to be long and unorganized. May also be interpreted as the ramblings of a pseudo fan boy. Read at your own risk.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The third act ruined, what could have been, the best superhero origin film ever. It's almost as if Zack Snyder became a bizarro Bryan Singer. Nothing but action and special effects. I can accept that in a Michael Bay Transformer's film, but not here. I also can't believe how they completely mismanaged Zod. Michael Shannon is one of the best actors working right now and they wrote squat for him. Matter of fact Supes' fight scene w/ Faora and Namek was far better than the final confrontation through the city.
And for the life of me, I still don't understand why Zod wanted Lois in the ship, other than to be a plot device for their escape. I understand that you don't want a "damsel in distress" Lois Lane, and I get that, but I just couldn't get past it, especially after multiple viewings. What was even more egregious is putting her in the plane for the final mission. I almost laughed in the theater when she couldn't put the "key" into Kal's ship and Emil Hamilton ultimately had to push it in.
Then there's the focus on the air quality. Zod makes a huge deal to Jor-El about not wanting to suffer through adjusting to Earth's atmosphere yet it only takes him less than 24 hours to adjust. They also make it a point to say that Superman can't breathe on the ship for the same reason, yet he can breathe in space after the escape. They also make a point to have Lois wear a breathing apparatus to further their point. In any other Superman film, I could care less, but the fact they made it such a plot point made it irritating when they broke their own rules.
Back to the final battle. I have no qualms with Superman killing Zod. It actually provides an interesting dynamic to this Superman. Killing the only other living Kryptonian (well, there's also that mystery Kryptonian that was vacant from the pod). I'm good with that. What I didn't like was how Superman was so free to crash into buildings. I hate to compare this to Superman II, but there is a poignant moment where Zod realizes Supes' weakness for the human race. Ultimately he decides to kill Zod to save that family, but only after engaging in battle royale that obliterated most of the city.
Even worse, they didn't even reference the destruction at the end of the movie. Matter of fact right after Supes kills Zod, it cuts to a scene where Supes' is being a smart-a to the General and Carol Ferris throws in that joke. I mean, even in the Avengers at least they had the montage of citizens' reaction to the chaos. I'm sure they will address this in the sequel, but at least mention it in this film.
I know a lot of what I mentioned are admittedly "nitpicks," but I just couldn't get past it, espcially after multiple viewings. Ironically, I probably would rate Man of Steel as one of the better superhero films, but in the end, I can only think about its' failed potential