It’s impressive how quickly a workload increases when you hand in your notice. This week is my last before I’m a free man, and then I might have time to move around some minis again. My twitter account got hacked, and while I regained control of it, the site now refuses to update the feed, which is just another one of those things that will have to wait for next week.
I did get around to watching Man of Steel with a bunch of friends. I had declared before watching it, that no matter what it would be the best Superman movie to date, because all the others were so incredibly bad, and it was the best, but fairly disappointing as well. The first 20 minutes were wasted, and the promises it made in the trailer were not fulfilled.
I had hoped for a movie where they really went into detail about his upbringing, and the trailer promised some heavy moral conflicts about saving people vs. staying hidden, but the entire issue was presented in flashbacks, and poorly at that. I could have lived with an entire movie without at epic battle, but what we got was an epic battle without a movie.
There were plenty of easter eggs for the hardcore fans (me being one of them), which I won’t spoil if you haven’t seen it yet. There were some seriously impressive battles though, and the audience really got into them, flinching and shouting when people got hit with trains or destroyed entire buildings, but in the end this just makes it a beer and buddies movie. The trailer promised a Superman version of the Batman reboot, but it almost completely lacked the darkness and conflict it needed to succeed.
Man of Steel does sort of vindicate itself at the very end, with a twist to the hero we know (seems like every superhero movie needs one these days). I absolutely hated the ending of Iron Man, but this particular twist is one that I’ve been wanting for more than 20 years, and I had no idea it was coming. I won’t spoil it, and for non-hardcore fans it might not be something special, but for me it was a twist that could lead to something special if there’s a sequel.
Now I’m of to work again…