Review: Man of Steel

Title: Man of Steel (M)

Rating: VFX/10

Genre: Action

I hate to disappoint, people, but this is pretty much a remake of the first entry in the Superman series. Yes, I know, but I bet you, it’s one that has immense re-watch value. Ignoring the fact that I arrived maybe 20 minutes early and saw the final sequence (damn, spoilers!), Man of Steel won’t disappoint, except in the plot department. With a whole lot of supersonic bashing, sci-fi “semantic reprogramming”, dead bodies and a final, climactic heat-ray sequence, this VFX-heavy will beat you around the head with Kryptonian superpowers then come from behind and knock you out with some killer action. However, Man of Steel is also tinged with the emotion that’s been slightly absent from the whole general action-bash-up-baddies recipes that have driven other action movies. Overall, it’s a contender for a Kabam Award (see the page here) but slightly contrived and stereotypical plot sequences let it down a bit, but it flies well and thankfully for Superman, there’s no Kryptonite! 8.5/10 it is, for this movie. Happy reboot, Superman.

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Review: Iron Man 3

Title: Iron Man 3 (M)

Rating: 9/10

Genre: Action

Wow: what a belter. One of the most VFX laden movies this year (not as laden as Man of Steel, though, see here), Iron Man 3, I am loathe to say, is the end of the Iron Man trilogy. It’s sad to see Stark go, but anyone who even remotely admires the trilogy, even though apparently the second was pretty forgettable, is going to love this. Combining repulsor beams, Extremis (but not as you know it) flashbacks, more armors, actual emotion that isn’t arrogance or desperation from Downey Jr. and some hardcore baddie blasting, this makes for an explosive ending- and just what makes the Mark 42 armor so special? Don’t forget to make sure you can stand looking at bright lights for a long amount of time- cause damn, the VFX here are overpowering! A good plot with a final twist(s) and more emotion from Stark than just the usual arrogance make for a hell of a ride that will leave you dreaming of repulsors. The ending, however is a little bit disappointing in that- well,

THAT’S ALL FROM IRON MAN, FOLKS!

Yes, the trilogy comes to an end in this one, but you never know. Because this is the sequel to The Avengers (NOT Iron Man 2) maybe, as I look into my crystal ball, I predict that The Avengers 2 may be the sequel to Iron Man 3, and then maybe we’ll see another Iron Man film. But, well who knows? You never know what the whims of Marvel Comics may create; so be on guard for another Iron Man sequel.