Valdosta Daily Times


June 19, 2013

'Man of Steel' still needs work



Cavill looks the part of Superman. He is handsome and buffed for the role. He works as the typical image people have become to think of when visualizing the Man of Steel. However, this story does not give Cavil — or anyone else for that matter — enough time to relate to the character. Cavill and others do a good job, but their characters are hollow and overpowered by an action-packed script of generic blockbuster fight scenes and destruction of two cities.
After all of this, “Man of Steel” is a likable production. Its story has its faults, but it remains grand. It is definitely worth the money if one wants pure entertainment and cares little about story continuity and character development. Entertainment quantity is super at the expense of a quality story.  
Grade: C+ (Superman is great entertainment, but the story is not solid steel.)
“This Is the End” (Action/Comedy: 1 hour, 47 minutes)
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride
Directors: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Rated: R (Profanity, nudity, violence, sexual innuendo, sexuality, and drug usage and crude humor)
Movie Review: This is not the movie to take your grandparents or the pastor at your church to see. This is truly an adult film with all the risqué antics, profanity and crude humor in tow. However, this comedy is funny. It is a sly adaptation of Jason Stone’s short film, "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse."
Playing themselves somewhat, James, Seth, Jay, Jonah, Craig and Danny are celebrities who find themselves at James Franco’s house in Los Angeles. They are there to party. Drugs, alcohol, sex and rowdy behavior is ever-present. The party quickly ends when beams of light take people into the sky and multiple earthquakes, sinkholes and monsters or aliens appear. The guys find themselves barricaded in James Franco’s bachelor pad. They are afraid to return to the outside world for fear what is out there will harm them. Therefore, they stay in the large house irritated by each other.

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