Niagara Gazette

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June 18, 2013

CALLERI: New Superman movie tries out a new reality


Niagara Gazette — It’s the loudest movie I've experienced in years, and that's saying something. Not bothersome, but what few words there are get lost and the music can't compete with the explosions and ka-pow of the many, many punches in too many fights.

Regarding Superman flying, for some reason director Snyder decided that long shots were called for. Most of the time, Superman is a speck on the horizon. There's no wow moment in the entire film. Also, the word "Superman" is used only once. As for any comedy, only one line, almost at the end, is geared to generating a laugh. And it's a weak line. It tells the audience what it has already recognized.

The shallow, unsatisfying movie lacks depth. Overall, it's more an extended episode of "Smallville" than it is an entertaining and exciting action adventure, only louder and with more effects, which are never that special.

This Superman turns into a chore. You feel as if you have to see it because it exists. This murky, repetitive "Man of Steel" is not a coherent experience. Ultimately, the fun is missing.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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