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Man of Steel (2013)
Boring waste of budget.
OK, maybe it looks better with all the fancy CGI on a big screen (when you have nothing better to do other than stare at it), but it took me three days to get to the end watching it at home. I just involuntarily searched for anything more entertaining to be distracted with. And almost anything seemed more entertaining than this.
I'm not going to debate over the take on the canon story or Superman character, neither the general lack of common sense in superhero- comic-based scripts; what's more important for me is this movie failed to keep me interested for more than first hour or even less (and I've seen Lawrence of Arabia XD ). I'm not a big fan of any superheroes comics, but that's hardly an excuse, since many movies based on them still managed to entertain me. And when I'm not watching documentaries, I want a movie to entertain me first of all.
Cast - Henry Cavill worked hard on his physique, yet I'd love to see him paying a little more attention to acting. His facial expressions sometimes just don't work for me. As well as generally I like Amy Adams, but it isn't her best role, she needs something more lively. Right here it's just dry cardboard 'acting', even compared to the usual level of 'cardboard-ness' in comic-movies. I bet Christopher Reeve could do a better job as Superman even in the wheelchair if he was alive.
5/10 for the FX and shirtless scenes, which never made any movie good. They worked so hard on them they forgot about the movie, the story, the acting and Superman himself.
The World's End (2013)
Many people blame it to not be funny enough - well, it isn't about being funny.
Many people, as I've noticed, blame this movie for not being funny enough. That's their point of view I'm not going to argue with. Yes, this movie isn't funny enough compared to the other Simon Pegg's works. But it's not about being funny anymore, and maybe that is why I respect him even more - because of growing, maturing.
The general topic on the mature/immature take on life in total prevails, and the ending shows us how fragile the so-called-mature state is. Maybe this movie isn't that much about laughs, but about a little bit of thinking?
I totally admit I'm with the 'Gary King's team, the idea of freedom, even though I'm working within the corporate standards - the skills, experience and knowledge make up for the anarchist position. I only wish for people in charge to notice our strengths, not our 'questionable' affiliations.