Zack Snyder

Man of Steel

Amber and I had the opportunity to get out to the movie theater today for the first time all summer.  We haven’t had the chance to see many summer blockbusters yet but this weekend this movie was an easy choice.  I’m not going to go too far into it right now other than to tell you that it was worth it and it was awesome. Of course it was right? Warner Brothers knew what they were doing when they put Christopher Nolan in charge and when this is all said and done I think it will have paid off handsomely

I expected this movie to be good. I have the utmost respect for Christopher Nolan and David Goyer both, I think Zack Snyder is an OK director but regardless what I think his future is a lot brighter now. I think you can clearly see Nolan’s influence in this film and that is a great thing.  Henry Cavill impressed me, Kevin Costner impressed me, and Christopher Meloni really impressed me.  I thought Michael Shannon was every bit as good as I expected and of course Russell Crowe always brings it, he brought a lot to this film.  Amy Adams was OK, Laurence Fishburne has gained a lot of weight, and it’s a sad and unfortunate reality that Diane Lane has aged enough to play the role she had in this movie(she is still a gorgeous woman and she was great in the movie but I will miss her youth). I have never seen Antje Traue in anything else, but as Faora she was a complete and utter badass.  Now this isn’t enough about any of these people.  They all deserve more here but all that will come in time. I am already reserving a spot on the movie rack for this movie and can’t wait to see it again and give it a better review.

A lot hinges on the success of this movie.  More or less this movie represents the future of films about DC Comic characters.  Warner Brothers owns the rights to these people and they have got to be interested in one-upping Disney and what they did with The Avengers.  This movie is the first step in what will ultimately be a goal of making an equally successful Justice League movie.  Along the way we should see films about The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and the inevitable next Batman reboot. These movies will be on a new platform and set up to all tie together, or at least that should be what is done.  In the end we will hopefully see something really incredible in Warner Brothers answer to The Avengers. This was an awesome movie and a nice step in the right direction.  If you are on the fence about it at all let me erase any doubts you have and please share your own thoughts on the film.  I will give it a much deeper review when we buy it, until then let me insist that this is a movie worth seeing in the theater and encourage you to get out there and see it for yourself.

300

Year: 2006
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Graphic Novel Written By: Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

RYAN’S REVIEW:

This movie works for me on two levels.  I graduated college with a history degree, even teaching high school world history briefly.  I taught the specific story that 300 is based on and while the movie isn’t really historically accurate it did serve as a perfect base to get the kids interested in the topic.  300 is recent enough that most of the high school freshmen knew of the movie and all liked it. I always enjoyed popular movies I could use while teaching because the kids really respond to them.  This movie also works well for me because it is based on a comic book, and I am a lifelong comic fan.  I haven’t read the specific comic that 300 is based on but I have recently read Frank Miller’s Batman graphic novels, The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. Both were very good, and I have also been impressed by other Miller stories such as Sin City.

As for 300, it was both aesthetically pleasing and financially successful.  It made a name for Zack Snyder who has slowly become a comic book movie specialist. Since 300 he has also done two other DC Comics titles, The Watchmen and Suckerpunch.  He is in fact exceptional at taking the images from the comics and putting them on film.  His skills have brought him the reward/burden of trying to revive the Superman franchise as he is slated to direct the latest installment coming in 2012.  This current installment of Superman is entitled Superman: Man of Steel and is being taken very seriously by the studio, which is a credit to Snyder’s success.  Christopher Nolan has actually been brought into the fold as well, he has a strange role that was first referred to as “Godfather” of the film.  Warner Brothers is obviously hoping Superman will be as successful as Nolan’s Batman films. 300 also made Gerard Butler a instant star. Personally I feel he failed to capitalize on the success 300 brought him, but I’m sure many people would disagree with me there.  I can’t speak to it with any authority because I haven’t seen many of his films, but they have all appeared to be mainly ridiculous movies, Bounty Hunter, The Ugly Truth, and so on.  Michael Fassbender is a total badass in this film, and he is well on his way to being a great actor since his role in Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming X-men film coming out this summer.

300 is a very good film, I would call it good but not great though.  It is perfect for what it is I suppose.  It’s a little over the top at times but that’s appropriate for a comic book film.  It looks cool, the action is awesome, and the actors deliver great performances.  I don’t like the infidelity by Queen Gorgo and I found myself getting bored during the breaks in action.  The action makes it all worth wild though, the actors went through rigorous training to prepare for the film and it paid off.  In the end this movie will have its own place in film history, just as the actual story has its own place in world history.  If nothing else this tale of Spartans is one that inspires bravery, strength, and what can be done alone by determination and will power.

AMBER’S REVIEW:

FOR ME PERSONALLY I FELT LIKE I WAS BEING YELLED AT THE ENTIRE TIME. I THINK FRANK MILLER IS A GENIUS WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING GRAPHIC NOVELS, BUT THIS FILM WAS ALMOST TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE. EVERY SCENE SEEMS TO PAUSE TO SHOW A SLOW MOTION SCENE AS IF IT WERE A SHOT IN A COMIC BOOK, WHICH IS COOL, BUT WHEN YOU DO THIS IN FILM IT HAS A VERY 2D FEEL TO IT, AND FOR ME THAT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF A “MOVING PICTURE.” DON’T YOU WORRY, I KNOW I AM THE ODD ONE OUT ON THIS AS ALL OF MY FRIENDS LOVE THIS FILM, EVEN PAID TWICE TO SEE IT IN THE THEATER.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN YELLING AT YOU THIS WHOLE TIME? YOU DO! WELL, I FELT LIKE GERARD BUTLER YELLED AT ME THE ENTIRE FILM. I WOULD LIKE TO END THIS NOW BY SAY..ERR YELLING…”RAHHHHHHH THIS IS MY BLOG POST!!!!!!!!!”