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[Movie Review] Saving Mr Banks – The Movie That Only Disney Could Make March 17, 2014


IMDB: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Certified Fresh

Metacritics: 65%

A topic like this is sensitive, especially since Walt Disney Pictures is one of the biggest companies out there in the showbiz, to ever have Walt Disney being represented by an actor in any movie, is pretty much a miracle of our age.

Disney, or Walt, as he would like you to call him, is a legend, he’s the guy who made revolutionary animated movies, the person who brought us so many wonderful motions pictures, someone who practically paved the path for the standing of animation today.

However, as we grow up, after we learn more about this world, we would slowly realise that, Walt Disney, is a human being too, and no one is perfect.

Surprising as it is, this movie is not about Walt, but about P.L. Travars, the author of Mary Poppins.

The entire story is basically centred around her, and because of that, this movie became a roller coaster of emotions, and a really relatable movie.

P.L. Travars is the person who you would hate to work alongside with, she’s cranky and rude, always appearing as a step higher than you, does not care what you think and only cares about how she feels… But I’m pretty sure a lot of us can see a part of us in her.

Which was one of the reason why I really loved this movie, I could relate to her, I actually do care for her, despite all her flaws and the fact I’ll probably still hate her if I met her in real life, I forgave her for all that she’s doing, because I know she’s only human.

The portrayal of family problems is by far the best I’ve seen in recent blockbusters, it did not entirely paint a bad picture for anyone in the family, instead it simply showed the struggles they were going through and bad decisions being made, it looked at these problems through the eye of the child, and how it still clings on to the child even after she grew up.

Which was the key thing that made this movie very personal to a lot of people who had experienced similar things in their childhood.

I was surprised that the movie was actually pretty fair to Mrs Travars, considering they seem to all hated her and till the day she died she still never forgave them for what they’ve done to Mary Poppins.

The representation of Walt Disney was also fair enough, but you could still feel the utmost love and admiration the people who were involved in this movie had towards him.

I have to say I was slightly disappointed that they chose to not mention Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, instead simply went with Mickey when talking about the topic of rights of a character being taken away. However I could guess it’s because they don’t want any feud with Universal, and not everyone knows about Oswald.

I like the parallel storyline of Mrs Travars and her childhood, and how they link together, it’s a very interesting method of storytelling.

Another thing I really like about this movie is the characters, you can’t outrightly hate anyone in this movie, at the same time you don’t immediately love them either, it’s very grey when you look at it.

Now let’s get onto the topic of the reality of this movie.

This movie pretty much have a smooth ride since it’s based on one of the most classic in film history, a lot of people would come to watch it simply because they could relive the wonders of Mary Poppins.

However, as much as we hate to admit it, this movie is once again Disney fluffing up a story that they’re adapting.

This movie, albeit for all that it’s talking about, is doing exactly the same thing as what it’s main character is defending against.

Is that is not real irony I don’t know what is.

However my opinion on this issue is conflicted because in one of my scriptwriting lecture, one very important thing taught to us about adapting from a source material, is that we have to think for the final picture, instead of being thoughtful for everyone stuffing in content that’s not going to help the film.

Or the fact that when adapting from another source, it’s perfectly acceptable to change things here and there to enhance it.

Which was exactly what Walt Disney and the production team of this movie did.

This movie is about the struggles of working in the creative industry, having conflict with people who sees a different picture, and the money, contract, legal rights issue behind the scene.

I think you can add this movie to the whole list of ‘good movies about making movies’, because despite several parts of it being fictionalised, looking at the irony of it or the actual content of the movie, gives you the insight to what happens behind the screen.

Especially since many times, those movies about the struggles of making a movies, tend to focus more heavily on the actual production, while the pre-production stage can actually be just as much of a battlefield as that.

Overall, looking at the movie itself, it’s not the best as it could have been, but knowing the limitations, it’s already the best it could have been.

PS: We all know what will happen if Disney doesn’t actually acquire the rights to make a movie, just look at Lion King.

 

[Movie Review] Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie: The Rebellion Story February 10, 2014


It’s actually pretty rare for me to do reviews for Anime movies, because I have a very different scale for them, I’m a lot more lenient and forgiving to the mistakes Anime may have made, as compared to a live action movie.

However, this movie really had me stunned for a really long time after watching it, so I had to write a post about it.

Still, this movie will not be like my other review, it’ll be more of my ramblings about this movie.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica(I’m just gonna type Madoka Magica from now on) is a very popular Anime, that experiments and challenges the concept of the Mahou Shojo(Magical girls) genre, it also deals with teenage girls’ emotions and feelings in a very believable and relatable manner.

It’s a series that makes you think it’s something, but turns out to be a completely different thing, and I guarantee you, it’s a pleasant surprise.

This movie is the third instalment for the series’ movie trilogy, all new events and storyline, also, the grand finale.

At first I thought this movie is going to be a happy conclusion of the whole series, something that marks the end of this journey, that we can contently tuck it into our collection folder and move on.

And… I was wrong, so very wrong.

I really should have expected it considering that was exactly what I felt when I first watched the Anime series, expecting rainbows and butterflies, but what I got was me looking down at my chest to see my heart shatter into a thousand pieces.

I love the visual in the entire series, when the magical girls are fighting against their enemies, the visual design for the enemies is shown in a very classical, dark fairytale kinda design.

It’s one of the reason why I love Anime, even despite of being someone who studies film, and kinda do a little bit of Animation here and there.

Anime dares to go beyond the norm, the only animated movie that was nominated for the Oscar in the last 10 years that actually made me feel that it was being bold and dared to reach beyond the limits of the norms for it’s visual design, is Coraline.

However anyone who watched more than 5 different Anime in a year, can tell you that, experimenting and reaching beyond what is expected of them, is a pretty typical thing in Anime.

Madoka Magica is a solid example of that, it’s not the best animated movie ever, it can’t be compared to Miyazaki’s films, but the effort put into it to make this movie, this entire series, special, is greatly commendable.

Another thing I’d like to talk about, is how the movie deals with emotions of the characters.

For a series centered around the topic of ‘hope’ and ‘despair’, you’d expect melodramatic plots of teenage girls crying over boys, and you’d get exactly NOT that.

Not sure about the male audience, but as a female, there’s a lot of things the characters go through in this series, that I can relate really well to.

Even for the ultimate despair, you can feel the character’s last shred of hope disappearing in front of your eyes, you feel for them.

Which was why when a character does a really terrible thing, you don’t completely hate them, because you knew how much pain they were going through, and so you forgive them a little bit for the bad things they do.

The character Kyubey, despite our ultimate hatred towards him, I actually really like his existence in the series.

He is the existence that sees a picture so big, he can’t be bothered to care for the smaller pictures. It makes him a cruel existence that exploits and manipulates teenage girls, for the greater good that only he know about.

The only reason why Kyubey is cruel and cold blooded to us, is because we don’t see what he sees.

We relate to the magical girls easily, they’re humans, they have emotions, we have emotions, we can sympathize with people who experience the same thing as us.

But for Kyubey, he is bigger than us, his goal is to maintain stability in the universe, we would probably never be given such a huge responsibility, so we can never understand his actions, which makes him look like an asshole.

When you really think about it, he’s just doing his job, to make sure this entire universe still exist.

That doesn’t mean I like him though, I still hate him.

The ending of this movie, is what made this movie complete.

It’s shocking and heart wrenching, but in a way, it’s not completely unexpected or unreasonable.

Following the lives of these girls, there’s a part of you that will eventually realise that, this is exactly what is gonna happen.

All the things every character did, were logical, and all these actions, eventually leads up to the climax of this story.

I love the direction they took with this, it’s a great decision, it breaks my heart, but that just means they succeeded in achieving what this series is striving for.

What is frustrating me about this movie, is whether will there be a sequel.

The ending left you at a point, that if this is the final end, it will be despair for the fans forever, it can actually be considered a bad ending, a tragedy. It leaves you empty, they take away what we hold preciously and throws it in the shredder, when reminded of this series again, a void will always appear within ourselves.

However, if there is gonna be a sequel, it would drive the whole series back up to a different direction, a hopeful inspiring story that will etched onto the memories of the fans for a really long time, giving the audience a complete conclusion. It will become a classic, something that does not die off even with the test of time.

In conclusion, The Rebellion Story is a perfect movie for the trilogy, however, I won’t consider it an actual ending to the story.

I wish everyone could give this trilogy a chance, and look beyond the fact that it’s Anime.

That’s all, and I’d really like to thank my friend BPRX(Cosplay Meme’s page admin) for helping me buy the tickets for this movie, I’m terrible at booking tickets for limited showings, without his help I wouldn’t be able to have such a great experience watching this movie on the big screen.

Rating: 10/10 – Well designed, well planned, a movie that is here because of the success of the franchise, but not here just for the money.

 

[Movie Review] Frozen December 26, 2013


IMDB – 8.1

Rotten Tomatoes – 89% [Certified Fresh]

Metacritic – 43%

My Rating – 7/10

I’m gonna be honest with you guys… I didn’t love it.

I liked it, it’s a fun Christmas/Thanksgiving/winter season movie, but I gotta say, I expected a lot more than what they had given me.

You see, sometimes expectations play a big role in how much you end up actually liking a movie.

I walked into the theatre with the expectation of Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, two of Disney’s latest successful 3D animated movie.

However the movie lacked the depth I was looking for, and thus I couldn’t bring myself to love it.

But I’m still gonna be fair and look at it as a movie itself, rather than as a Disney package.

First of all, the animation is gorgeous.

They knew they had the potential to make this movie visually stunning, and they made full use of it.

I particularly liked the design of Elsa’s ice castle, and how the color scheme inside the castle changed along with her mood, it’s subtle, but I appreciate the effort.

The characters in this movie… I’ll be frank, I didn’t like Anna during the first one third of this movie, I found her really annoying.

I’m thinking it might be done on purpose, that they wanted to portray her as the annoying younger sister who you both love and hate, if that’s the case, it’s actually done well.

On the other hand, Elsa was presented as the mature older sister, who is always given the responsibility to take care of the younger sibling, becoming selfless.

This aspect is actually pretty clever, I don’t have a sibling, but I feel that people with siblings, and have this silent rivalry or role positioning casted by their parents, would relate really well to the two sisters in the movie.

But my favorite has to be Olaf, I don’t care how people kept thinking he’s an annoying comic relief character, I love him, I really do.

He is the best comic relief character I’ve seen for a really long time, he has all the best lines in this movie, he is caring, you can kick him around and he won’t get angry.

I actually felt the most protective of him because I was worried they’d let him melt away, because of what they did to the comic relief character in Princess and the Frog.

As for the two male characters, they’re pretty lacking in terms of depth, however it’s pretty understandable considering that the focus of this movie is still mainly on the two sisters.

But they definitely could’ve been given more characteristics that make them more memorable, the evidence of that is the fact that I can’t even remember their names at this point of time.

The musical aspect of it felt amateur, I only remember half of the songs, and only 2-3 of them really clicked with me.

One being the opening sequence, the song that perfectly set the mood and background.

Another is ‘Let It Go’, but I’d give credits to Idina Menzel, she’s one of the main reason why I was so eager to step into the theatre to see this movie.

The other one is Olaf’s song, it wasn’t particularly memorable, but I just really liked it, it’s one of the few songs in this movie I didn’t cringe at the awkward timing or childish lyrics.

I have heard people mentioning that the sound track includes several other songs that were cut from the movie, and actually presents more depth, like Elsa and Anna confronting each other having conflict because Anna ask Elsa to put back the gloves, and Anna singing about feeling like she’s less important because her sister is the queen.

I haven’t heard them, but I’d definitely hear it one day, because those two scene might have actually made me love this movie.

The pacing of this movie feels a little bit rushed, that this huge conflict between the sisters that had existed and grew for more than 10 years, is suddenly resolved in just one day.

Part of me really wanted to see Elsa being wild with her powers for a longer time, the misunderstanding towards her would have been more serious and harder to deal with, she would have to do something even more epic to redeem herself.

In conclusion, this movie had the potential to be a classic, but they chose the family-friendly route instead.

It is a pretty decent film for the entire family to enjoy, but not exactly something I’d die to make my kids watch in the future.

For those of you who really loved the film, don’t get angry at me, you know what, I’m envious of you.

I was really really excited to see this movie, you have no idea how much I was looking forward to it.

It’s not fun to not love a movie you’ve been this excited to see, I really wish I did love it, I wish I saw the magic you see in it, I really really want to love it.

But there’s just something that is missing, something I was hoping it’s there, but it’s not, and I’m disappointed, and so I start to see the flaw in it.

I actually do hope they make a sequel, and introduce new threats to this world they had build, maybe a villain with fire power?

 

[Movie Review] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – A True Revolution December 7, 2013


IMDB: 8.2

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% [Certified Fresh]

Metacritics: 75%

My rating: 9/10

For many years, teenage fiction film adaptions were always judged on another scale.

A different scale from the usual movies, one that is arguably more lenient and taken less seriously.

With past examples like Twilight and Percy Jackson, the first Hunger Games movie created a good impression, increased book sales, brought in some money…

But this one, Catching Fire, is where the real revolution begins.

This film just straight up leapt the franchise onto a whole new level.

The last time this happened, I remember it was Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, where the first Batman Begins was pretty good, but the second just reached such a new height that it impressed everyone, including those who initially were doubtful about it.

A clarification, I’ve read part of the first book, didn’t finish it due to time issues, so I went into this movie with the minimum expectation of the first movie. It’s one of the things I like doing, it allows me to judge a movie as a movie itself, without prior prejudice and expectations because of the book.

One of the first thing I have to praise, is the pacing of this movie.

This movie is just so engaging that I didn’t realise how much time went past by the time this movie ended.

I remember a secondary school teacher told me once before, that a good movie, is supposed to make you not think about anything else, but the movie itself, while you’re watching it. It’s like marrying yourself to the movie for that short moment of time, fully getting inside the world.

And this movie did exactly that, I was into this movie the whole entire time I’m watching it.

It’s a roller coaster ride of events, and a real exciting one.

Another thing is the characters. One of the minor problem I had with the previous Hunger Games movie was that, I didn’t care much for the characters, only a few like Rue and Katniss, but the rest of them you don’t feel that attached to.

However in this one, some of the character’s death just outright breaks your heart, and even if it didn’t, you wish they didn’t die.

They portrayed these character in a way that you start feeling empathy for them, you start to like them, get attached to them, and so losing them became a big deal.

Many had praised Jena Malone’s performance, and I must say, she is amazing, she killed it in every scene, I really want to see more of her, I can’t get enough of her.

I want her to become the next big thing in Hollywood so I can see more of her performance, I think The Hunger Games franchise has the potential to help many uprising stars to become Hollywood’s next big star, like what it did for Jennifer Lawrence.

Talking about characters, in this one, the chemistry between the casts is greatly improved.

You could really feel Katniss and Peeta being stuck in this awkward position where things were supposed to be an act, but it hurts Peeta, and Katniss doesn’t know how to handle it.

In the last one I barely felt anything when Katniss kissed Peeta, but for this one, I actually could feel the tension between them, and I could see the feelings growing between them.

You see the growth in Effie’s character, you see the interaction between President Snow and his granddaughter, which are all really really well established, even though it’s just a few sentences, or a look on their faces.

One thing I’m very grateful about is that they no longer used the same amount of shaky-cam, I’m really not a fan of the misuse of shaky-cam, and I can’t be more grateful for this movie to be more stable than the previous one.

I’m not sure is it just me, or the lack of shaky-cam actually made this movie feel a lot more cinematic, it feels more big-scale, and I guess when you have enough money for a movie, you don’t have to hide things with shaky-cam.

The world of Panem becomes a little more familiar to us in this one.

In the previous one, we just know one or two things about it, but in this one, we get a little more details to the different districts, mainly thanks to the more significant existence of the tributes this time.

The director, Francis Lawrence, I’ve never watched any other movie of his, I just know he directed I Am Legend, and he started off as a music video director before stepping into film.

I have a feeling that this franchise is going to help his career, he’s definitely going to be one of the names people will start looking out for, at least I will have some faith in him when I see his name on a movie poster.

This movie proves that he can take on blockbuster movie and present a masterpiece in a short amount of time.

I am really excited for the next one, I think I’m definitely gonna pick up the books again and finish it.

I want to dive deeper into the world of Panem, I want to find out more about each of the characters, I wish Suzanne Collins continue the franchise and write more spin-off books. Maybe about the first Hunger Games ever, or just the history of the first rebellion.

Of course we don’t know will that ever happen, but that definitely shows that this franchise is getting successful.

 

[Movie Review] The Bling Ring – Shallow and a Waste of Time October 15, 2013


IMDB: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

(Seriously how much money did they spend on buying critics?)

There’s two kinds of movies that can be made from real life events, those that are like Argo, focusing on an event itself, and those that are like Jobs, focusing on the story of a person’s life.

Then there is this movie, focusing on something that nobody cares anymore, and did a terrible job, making no one else to care about it ever again.

This movie felt more like a news broadcast than a movie re-telling the in-depth details of the shocking crimes of a few teenagers.

The entire movie is a huge waste of a good opportunity, it barely focused on the emotions and psychological reasons behind the teens’ actions, or other key things like how teenagers today are heavily influenced by the media and celebrity lifestyles, instead it felt more like a movie to condemn these teenagers’ vain lifestyle and childishness, and also the hypocrisy of Alexis Neisers’ public and open attitude towards the whole issue.

It is a rare case in which I could actually criticize a movie’s technical aspects, such as the way it was shot, the editing, the camera angles…

It’s made every mistake that my camera and editing lecturers told us to never make.

For example, a particular scene shot in the car, with a time-lapse sorta thing of the girl singing and having fun, the editing there was really choppy and in some ways, amateur.

Or other scenes where they just throw google image searches at you without even the slightest effort to make those picture blend into the film.

The acting is terrible, because of this movie, I’m not going to trust Emma Watson’s judgement ever again.

It feels like she’s trying too hard to break away from the Hermione image, and is desperate to try anything that strikes an opposing image to Hermione.

Actually the only actress in the movie who didn’t feel like she just wandered onto the set randomly

Like I have mentioned above, this movie was based on a real event, but after doing a little bit of research, apparently this movie made very little attempt to be true to the story.

After some Googling, I found out that one of their main information provider is a police officer who was in-charge of the case previously.

That is actually… secondary source isn’t it.

After reading Alexis Neisers’ blog, I also found out that they did not bother to interview the one person involved in this incident who is still pretty public.

Most of the members involved have went public and stated that they only found out that people were making this movie through others, which definitely shows that the movie production team did not bother to approach these people at all.

Yes the entire crime itself is stupid, but it’s worst when you want to make a movie of such an event based on stupidity, and take it too seriously, does not try to adjust it a little to make it better, and insist on insulting the people involved in the incident rather than helping them tell their story.

Been a long time since I last gave a movie 1/10.

Yes Emma Watson is hot, but she sure is terrible at picking scripts.

PS: You know a movie is sad when the only name they can present to the people is Emma Watson, and no one else, and all anyone ever talks about this movie is Emma Watson.

 

[Movie Review] Pacific Rim – It Served It’s Purpose Well August 21, 2013

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Imagine the wide-spread horror among Tokusatsu fans when this movie was announce, Hollywood is tapping into another classic media entertainment category of Japan, how are they going to ruin it this time?

To most fans’ relief, this movie was not as bad as it could have been.

Let me tell a joke before I begin my review.

In the sequel the Kaijus are gonna come from the sky this time… and the movie will be called Skyrim! 8D

Okay I’m sorry, moving on.

Overall, the movie served it’s purpose well, it’s a movie about giant robots piloted by humans fighting against giant alien monsters, there really isn’t much you could expect from this movie except a lot of epic fight scenes.

And so yes, this movie is exactly about that, there’s nothing exceptionally or surprisingly good about this movie, also nothing bad enough to make people cringe.

It’s exactly what it promised to be, and it gave you what you expected, that’s all.

However, as someone who’s been going to movies pretty frequently, I sort of wanted more.

You see, Pacific Rim had potential to become a classic, one that defines a category, instead it chose to be just another Transformers, except with giant lizards.

Personally, I enjoyed the movie, a lot, but I just knew it could have been something more than what it is.

I also felt that some characters needed more screen time, such as the Russian duo, or the Chinese triplets.

It felt that their entire purpose in the movie, was being an iconic interesting character, which weren’t explored enough.

They were just there to make the audience feel interested, but the movie’s not gonna show you enough of them and will just kill them off very quickly.

Even though they told you how amazing these pilots were, how they had went through so many battles without fail, they still didn’t last as long as someone who had not piloted a Jaeger for 5 years, along with someone who’s never even piloted one before.

Yeah I’m pretty sore about that, and knowing their death is confirmed, we’ll probably never get to see these amazingly interesting characters again, ever.

Another problem I had with the movie is that most of the fighting sequence between the Jaeger and the Kaijus, happens during the night.

One very significant thing about these Kaiju films in Japan, is that they often happen during the day.

This is because Japanese usually don’t fake their fighting and would prefer if the audience can see every bit of detail the actors and production team is putting into it.

While this movie, like every other Hollywood action movie, is not particularly proud of their fighting sequences.

I can understand, it makes sense if you’re talking about logic such as Kaijus will most likely attack during the night, they’re lizards, night works better for them…

But throughout the movie, the best fighting scene that happened, was the one shown on the television.

It was during the day, we see every move of the Kaiju and Jaeger very clearly, and there weren’t much camera movements trying to blur the screen.

I strongly believe that, that is how you do a movie like this, and I hope they improve on it.

Another concern of mine was that, I don’t feel particularly involved in this, the opening sequence did make me feel this sense of justice, and as a world we unite, but as the movie goes on, when they go undercover, I start to disconnect with the movie, and it no longer gives me this sense of belonging to the world, and why I should protect it.

Perhaps it might have been a better decision to not make the Jaeger program a rebel against the government, and stop portraying politicians as stupid people(cause most of them are pretty darn smart), it might become a lot more cheesier and less of a movie about the underdogs, but it will definitely make the audience a lot more pumped.

News about the sequel has already been spreading around, I do want to see a sequel, but it’s not the kind that’s making me super excited.

The movie ended on a pretty positive note, I can already imagine what sort of problem the world will face in the next movie, so there’s really not much they can do to surprise the audience.

One negative thing about such movie is that, they’re pretty predictable, there’s nothing much you can do about it.

However, not many are completely against predictable plots, after all it’s going to be a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, and that element itself, will bring the money in.

I kind of hope they develop the story more, turn this into one of those classic franchises that have a lot of areas to explore, new things to look forward to, or just a few key element that bring the audience back to the theatre.

It definitely has the potential, but I just don’t see it being fully explored yet, and if they’re going to make a sequel, it better do it this time because box office hasn’t been very kind to it.

 

[Movie Review] Man of Steel – The New Age of DC July 21, 2013


IMDB: 7.7

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

My rating: 8/10

When Marvel/Disney got big with Avengers, DC/Warner Brothers got anxious.

They needed to catch up with this golden age of superheroes(aka perfect money-grabbing opportunity), but the situation wasn’t so good for them since they were already done with Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

They tried what they can with Green Lantern, which got a huge amount of hate from both critics and viewers.

Then they decided to team up with Legendary Pictures again, got the director of the considerably successful Watchmen, and try again with the world’s most famous hero of all – Superman.

Why Superman? Because no one, not anyone can ever possibly fail with Superman, it a guaranteed box office success no matter how bad the movie is.

Okay enough with the introduction, I’ll start with the actual review.

I’ve always admired Zack Snyder’s visual style, his movies usually have a color tone given to the entire film, that makes you feel more immersed in it.

Because the color tone is different from reality, you feel like half of you is in a comic book, the other half in the movie.

It also enhances the visual effect, making them blend in much easier than other movies.

He chose a very gloomy dark-blueish color tone for Superman, which is a good choice because Superman’s costume is blue, and it brings an entire serious atmosphere around it.

Throughout the years, one very big problem about Superman, is that no one takes him seriously anymore.

People always ridiculed Superman’s costume, saying that he wears his underwear outside and stuff like that.

This movie made the choice to give Henry Cavill the new costume in the comics, which loses the underwear.

Man of Steel also chose to take itself very seriously, with almost no lightened moment throughout the entire movie.

Some of the choices the movie made, in term of plot, had mixed reception from fans and critics alike.

[Spoilers alert.]

One of it being making Superman kill Zod.

Many are starting to lose faith in Zack Snyder because he was the one who came up with the idea, Christopher Nolan objected the idea initially, and many felt that he should have persisted with his opinion.

In my personal opinion, I think it’s a good choice they made.

Throughout the years, one of Superman’s legacy is to never kill.

However, until today, I have never understood why.

Was it just the teaching of Ma and Pa Kent? Being a good natured person?

Man of Steel chose to give an even stronger reason to why Superman chose to never kill, again.

After he had snapped Zod’s neck, he appeared traumatized by what he had done, and it would be reasonable to think that he would never kill again, because he had killed someone before, he know how it is, and so he won’t do it again.

I believe Warner Brothers are not going to make Superman an ultimate killing machine, I’d really want to tell all the fans to calm down with this one.

[Spoiler end]

The other decision they made that annoyed fans, was their decision to separate itself entirely from the original series.

We did not hear even the slightest hint of the iconic Superman theme, and Zack Snyder also mentioned that he wants this to be a whole new different thing from the series in the past.

Because of this, many felt disconnected with this movie.

A large portion of the fan base are strongly connected with the original Superman movies, and it’s understandable that they would feel a little abandoned when Warner Brothers chose to redo the movie in a completely unconnected manner from the past Superman films.

However, on the other hand, I felt that they needed to do this.

I have a friend, who would cringe whenever she hears of Superman’s name.

It’s heartbreaking, especially when she ridiculed him and tell me why she thinks that Superman sucks.

Like I had mentioned before, Superman is no longer taken seriously.

Most of the people would treat Captain America more seriously than Superman, even though Captain America’s costume in Avengers looked ridiculous as hell.(Really I loved the army costume in First Avenger a lot more)

Man of Steel needed to create a whole new image for Superman, to be taken seriously once again, as the most iconic hero in the entire world.

No longer just the goody two-shoe boy scout, but a hero who everyone can look up to.

The third thing that angered the fans, was how much damage was done to the entire city.

On this one, perhaps I agree with the fans a little bit more.

The movie chose to show very few scenes of Superman actually saving people, instead they show more scenes of him fighting with the villains.

That is not an absolutely wrong choice, but one of the things you can’t take away from Superman, is his strong will of wanting to save people.

If Zod doesn’t want to harm the humans on Earth at all, and simply wanted Kal El to hand him the codex, and would leave immediately afterwards, I bet Superman would gladly hand him the codex and wave goodbye to them all.

But Superman chose to fight against Zod because Zod is going to harm the humans.

This is a point I would really wish to see being improved on in the future sequels.

I must also mention that I absolutely love Lois Lane in this one.

Ever since at the age of 6, when I bought my first Superman cartoon box set DVD, I’ve hated Lois Lane, all the way until this movie, where I finally begin to love her, a lot.

One of the many things that made Lois Lane annoying, was how she’s supposed to be a great journalist, but can’t see through a pair of glasses and a single strand of hair.

She was supposed to be based on Nellie Bly, one of the greatest female journalist of all time, someone who pretended she was crazy, just so she could investigate a mental institute from within.

And in this movie, I finally see that part being portrayed out of Lois Lane, I finally see that fearless journalist, who sometimes may need Superman to save her, but in the most dire times, would aid Superman to save humanity.

I also really like the idea of not making Superman a hero that everyone trust(yet), one of my favorite comics of Superman and Batman, was the Public Enemies story, which touches on the aspect of people’s trust in these heroes.

It has a lot of potential, we get to see Superman earning that trust from everyone, instead of being told that everyone just loved Superman, because he is told to be a hero.

In conclusion, I believe this is a great Superman film, this was what the DC movie-verse needed, and would hang onto for a very long time in a box office fight against Marvel.

I can’t wait to see what DC has to offer next, would it be a whole new Batman franchise? Or will they work on other Justice League members like Flash or Wonder Woman?

On another note, I sort of feel like they should have pushed the release date of this movie a bit later, so that they can have a bigger show than what they have during San Diego Comic Con.

Marvel is sweeping the SDCC like it was entirely dedicated for them, and I’ve actually not heard much news from DC.

Frankly, it’s a bit worrying, whether can DC put up a fight on the cinematic stage with Marvel.

(Especially after the news that they’re splitting with Legendary Pictures)

EDIT:

Right after publishing this review, it’s been announced during SDCC that a Batman Superman film is to be made for 2015 release.

I can’t possibly tell you guys how excited I am for this.

Even though it’s going head to head with Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, I now believe they really can put up this fight with Marvel.

Come on, it’s Superman and Batman team up, how many of us had wanted this for decades?

 

 
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