Man of Steel

Superman receives the same treatment Spiderman did in Amazing Spiderman.

Let’s start off by saying that this is one noisy movie. As it is, every squeak in a movie is amplified six times when watching in a theatre, but when the original sounds are so loud, the result is two steps short of deafening.

Another thing that must be pointed out is that this movie has one of the most brutal fight scenes I’ve seen in recent superhero movies. As opposed to shooting rockets, or laser beams, these guys are actually trading proper blows. The only movie which comes even remotely close to this kind of action is the Transformers series.¬†And there, it was more or less acceptable, considering that they were, you know, building-sized robots, as opposed human-looking aliens.

The story is pretty similar to Transformers 2, instead with the bad guys trying to shape Earth to match their needs, that is to mould Earth into Krypton II, with no regard to the hapless humans who live there. The distribution of the story-line is lopsided, with maybe 40 minutes going into introduction, back-story, budding romance, discovery of powers, and meeting dad’s hologram. The rest of the 2 hour film is devoted to the aforementioned conflict.

We see Jor-El in a more expanded role than the original series, but the one out of three of the bad guys from Superman II return in a more modern avatar. The other two, Ursa and Non, are replaced by the more brutal Faora and Nam-Ek.

Similar to Amazing Spiderman, the reboot of Superman is a darker version. Superman is far less romantic, and equally less comic. Christopher Reeve’s trademark kiss-curl is non existent. Finally, Superman’s underwear is on the inside now (shock! horror!).

Man of Steel is a great movie, but I’d advise you to watch it at home, where you can control the volume. This is for your own good. If you must watch it a theatre, try and book it for 2D, because there’s no real difference in the two.

The Amazing Spider-Man

The so-called franchise ‘reboot’ released a couple of days ago and ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ seems to be the big-boy version of the original trilogy. Put in a simpler way, the original series was the wading pool for kids, with a relatively happy ending, while this is the deep end. Darker and much more violent, this isn’t a movie for the smaller kids, but is a must watch for die-hard Spiderman fans.

‘The Amazing Spiderman’ tells the same well known story of “your friendly neighbourhood, Spiderman”, but in a darker, edgier and faster-paced form. For the first time, to my knowledge Peter Parker’s biological parents are mentioned. They abandon poor little Peter for some unkown reason (which we find out later in the movie) and turn up dead much later. Fast forward to the future, where a 17-year old Parker searches for clues about his father after finding his old satchel in his uncle and aunt’s attic. He finds much more than he intends to…

There are several differences from the old trilogy, most notable of which are:

  • A younger Uncle Ben and Aunt May: Peter’s aunt and uncle aren’t as ancient as in the old movies, and one can see that May must have been quite a bomb when she was younger.
  • Artificial Webs: Peter invents a device which shoots webs, as opposed to having the ability to shoot webs because of the mutation.
  • No immediate retribution for Uncle Ben’s murderer: Spidey does embark on a mission to find him, looking for a star tattoo on his right hand, beating thugs left, right and center which brings him to the attention of the police, but he fails to capture the murderer.
  • A different lady love: Instead of Mary-Jane Watson as Peter’s love interest, we see a certain Gwen Stacey, which makes for an refreshing change.
  • No J.Jonah Jameson: The Daily Bugle’s ever angry editor doesn’t make an appearance!

Differences aside, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ is an excellent picture. Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ilfans, in particular seem to have ‘brought it’ to their respective roles as Peter Parker and Curt Connors (the Lizard). Also, I found a surprise waiting for me in the form of Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor playing a small role, as Dr Rajit Ratha, one of Oscorp’s employees and Connors’ boss.

I loved the fight scenes, as well as the web slinging action, shown in a first-person perspective. However, Peter’s constant stammering in front of Stacey becomes annoying and repetitive. There also seems to be some inspiration taken from Hitchcock, with a humourous interlude inside an action-packed fight scene.

So, all in all, an awesome, solid-entertainment action flick. Also, be prepared for possible sequels, since there is a snippet of video right after the credits which implies so.