Before you blurt, "Not another superhero movie!" just wait… from the looks of the two latest clips for this summer's Man of Steel, this is not just any old superhero flick.
Man of Steel, which will revive the Superman film franchise, stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity. Under Zack Snyder's direction, the film allows Clark Kent to unveiling his exterrestrial history as members of his race threatening to invade earth. The future of mankind is put into jeopardy and it's up to Superman to come to the rescue.
In the first clip of the action-packed film, which you can watch above, we get a look at Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Clark Kent's love interest. While at work at the Daily Planet newspaper, Lois' Editor-in-Chief Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) derides her for pursuing a story that she was warned to back off from reporting:
Now we're in for quite the treat when we get the chance to see Superman in all his glory: hair swept back, slick and gelled as he sits across from Lois Lane. And oh yeah, he's handcuffed. Lois questions Superman about what the "S" on his tight, abs-snugging costume stands for. Superman mushily says in his sexy, grizzle tone "In my world, it means 'hope,'" which leaves Louis with a gleeful grin. But then just as the clip cuts off, Lois starts to suggest his "S" could stand for "Superman." Once again, we're left wanting more.
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At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.