Man of Steel Preview

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Everyone’s favourite red caped superhero flies back onto our screens in June with the Zack Snyder directed ‘Man of Steel’. The franchise has been dormant ever since the 2006 film, ‘Superman Returns’, a film that left many disappointed. However, with Snyder in the director’s chair and Christopher Nolan, the director of the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy attached as producer, this film has the potential to be a storming success.

The trailers we have seen so far offer a fascinating look into the direction that Snyder has taken on the franchise, as he appears to have humanised Superman. He is not the invincible and unstoppable force that we have come to see from so many Superman films of the past.

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Instead, Snyder has a darker perspective on the film, as Superman struggles to adapt to life on his new home, Earth. There are some superb moments in the trailer as we see the iconic red cape, the destruction of a city, and finally Superman together with his love interest Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. We also have glimpses of Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s father, and of Michael Shannon as General Zod, the villain All in all, this trailer is very exciting.

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From what we have seen from the trailers, the film certainly seems to offer a new and promising direction for the Superman franchise. Snyder’s films of the past include the visually magnificent ‘Watchmen’ and ‘300’. With Nolan producing, and Snyder directing, this film has got what it takes to be the best Superhero film of 2013 and could be the first part of a ‘Justice League’ film, which is currently in development. 

Martin Richmond

 

The Probably Less Than Great Gatsby

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Has Baz Luhrmann declared a war on good literature? Or is it that he is just that inept at making anything worth taking the time out of one of your not so busy days to watch?
He is the man that brought us an updated version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which is quite hard to cock up, yet I would argue he did seem to go out of his way to attempt so. I mean even the light-hearted, animated feature; ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ was way more fun.

It doesn’t look like Mr. Luhrmann is finished badly turning great literature into annoyingly bad films. This year will see the release of his interpretation of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Again like ‘Romeo + Juliet’ ­it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, whom is a remarkable actor and will pull of an outstanding performance again, it is just a shame that the film is, at least I’m betting it is going to be a mire of terrible drivel.

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The book itself is considered to be a masterpiece of American literature, written by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.  It has already had at least two movie adaptations, one with Alan Ladd, another with Robert Redford and I am sure that watching these two, will be better than paying to see Luhrmann’s massacre of the book.

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Lewis Butler

After Earth Preview

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This is going to be one of those years isn’t it. We survived a predicted apocalypse and now Hollywood is attempting to fill the void and imagine the world ending.

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’ is about a Father and Son returning to an earth that the human race abandoned centuries before, only to find it completely inhabited by creatures that were bred to kill humans.

I would question why Shyamalan’s been allowed back behind the camera after a string of not very good films and a horrendous adaptation of the much acclaimed kids animated television series. However the promotional videos look pretty promising, but I would say that I am cautious about this film, with Shyamalan comes both Will and Jayden Smith, both of whom are well likable and convincing action stars.

Benjamin Pinsent, Deputy Film Editor