Posted by: Alyssa
I already sang my praise for Chronicle actor Dane DaHann, now it is time for the encore for his co-star Mr. Michael B. Jordan (not the basketball player). There is a reason he shares his name with someone who is legendary. Jordan has been getting a lot of buzz for his starring role in the festival favorite Fruitvale Station, which has also been getting a lot of Academy Award buzz.
Jordan, whose first-ever role was a bit part on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” started gaining his attention with roles on high-profile television series “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood,” “All my Children,” and “The Wire.” His first film role was in George Lucas’ easily-forgettable Red Tails. However, he gained real attention after the success of the sleeper hit Chronicle, where he played good friend with superpowers Steve Montgomery.
Fruitvale Station will be the role that catapults him to the next level. Next up for the actor with an extraordinary future is the comedy Are We Officially Dating? with Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots and the drama Pretenders with Anton Yelchin, David Schwimmer, and Imogen Poots.
Posted by Alyssa
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Superman may be indestructible, but he has had a hard time appealing to audiences in movies over the year. This time around, Kal-El has left Krypton and flew into the 21st century in the hands of gifted visual filmmakers Zack Snyder and writer/producer Christopher Nolan. I’m sad to report that this version of Superman doesn’t fly too high.
Sent to Earth for his own protection after his planet is destroyed Kal-El falls under the alias Clark Kent (Cavill) and lives in Kansas. He is trying to adjust to the American life even though he has extraordinary abilities. At the same time, he is trying to understand who he is and where he came from. Plus, reporter Lois Lane (Adams) catches his fancy. His father (Crowe) sacrificed himself so his son could have a better life, but it was also for a greater cause. Attempting to capture the boy who escaped to Earth is an angry warrior with a Caesar-haircut named General Zod (Shannon). Clark must come to grips with who he is (both sides of his being) and try to understand his purpose on Earth before it’s too late.
This movie could have used some super-style writing and it just wasn’t there. It is a neatly packaged superhero movie with characters that feel stale. I don’t have a better understanding of Superman or Lois Lane for that matter. I wasn’t convinced of their relationship. The problem is every character is flat and boring. In fact, the whole Zod is going to take over the whole world shtick does not feel nearly as suspenseful or life-threatening as I’m sure they wanted it to. Speed is also a factor in this film. There is too much time spent diving into Kent’s childhood and not enough time establishing who he is as a human today. With the lack of character development, by the time they reach the ultimate battle (which is visually-exciting) we don’t care. It’s hard to care about Superman as a character when we don’t know who he is.