Man of Steel and The Bling Ring

Superman returns yet again, and teenage fame junkies make housecalls.

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The movie is sleekly rendered, and contains some memorable shots. In one scene, we watch from afar as the group ransacks a house, seeing only their shadows flitting past windows. The film is a pleasure to look at, but the nagging question of why we’re doing so never recedes.

Alexis Neiers, the real-life Bling girl on whom Watson’s character is modeled, scored her own reality TV show on the E! channel and had just shot the first episode when police moved in to bring the group’s larcenous career to an end. Interviewed by Sales afterward, she conveyed some strikingly vacuous thoughts, which are voiced by Watson, in the movie, verbatim.

“I’m a firm believer in Karma,” Neiers said, “and I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I see myself being like an Angelina Jolie, but even stronger, pushing even harder for the universe and for peace and for the health of our planet. God didn’t give me these talents and looks to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country, for all I know.”

This statement tells us a lot about the Bling Ring kids. Maybe all we need to know.

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  • LynchPin1477||

    Damn you Loder, I was really looking forward to Superman. *lalalala* I can't hear you *lalalala*

  • CE||

    I'm still looking forward to it. Too much action? Not enough cheesy poetry and romance and camp? Finally.

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  • Jim in Denver||

    The critics are going full retard on their Man of Steel reviews. I saw it the other night and it is quite easily the best attempt at Superman. If Loder wants to wax nostalgic over start night romantic flights and the camp from the Donner version why not go watch that one again. The only complaint I'd voice is that the fights were too long and no one really gets hurt.

    Though it thankfully lacked all of the idiotic one-liners that writers seem to think are charming it was far from dark or brooding. I thought it was a good and entertaining movie, not an award winner but what do you expect for a movie about an extraterrestrial boy scout with parallels to Christ?

  • Srynerson||

    I give Loder points for not complaining about a certain scene toward the end of Man of Steel the way I'm seeing lots of other critics complain.

  • An0nB0t||

    From what I've read, the end is the best part.

    But did we expect anything else out of Snyder? I enjoyed Dawn of the Dead, but everything he's touched since has been juvenile and muddled. He doesn't know how to make good movies.

  • JWatts||

    Here she learns that fact early on; and because Cavill and Adams, hobbled by the movie’s PG-13 rating, are unable to generate much of an amorous glow, their romance is stillborn.

    That's a pretty silly statement. A lot of movies manage to convey a sense of romantic attraction with a PG-13 or lower rating. That they failed in this case is a failure of the movie not of the PG-13 rating.

  • KL||

    You're right. ("Casablanca" leaps immediately to mind.) Was trying to avoid the cliche judgement that "they don't have any chemistry." Although they don't. Should've just said it...

  • JWatts||

    Fair enough.

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    The first ten minutes of Pixar's G-rated "Up" springs to mind.

  • ||

    In The Bling Ring, on the other hand...

    He ALWAYS does that! I forgot who it was that pointed that out a couple weeks ago (Lord Hummungus maybe?), but I look for it every time now.

  • CE||

    But at least it makes sense for a ring to be on the other hand.

  • KL||

    Again, I don't write those little introductory summaries that link to the actual reviews....

  • Deathromp666||

    Sofia Coppola IS deadpan remove... in the flesh.

  • ||

    Rock Hudson would have made the perfect Superman.

  • JWatts||

    He'd have made a better Green Lantern. ;)

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    no pop poetry along the lines of Christopher Reeve’s starry-eyed cruise across the night skies with Margot Kidder in the earlier picture

    Which actually is a point in its favor.

  • 0rwell||

    I saw it this evening and I think some of these reviews are a little nuts. What did you expect, really? I thought it was a fun movie. I thought the CG was awesome and I really liked Zod. I think the movie was a 9.3/10 for me, as an action-type movie. But I'm not an artsy type of person, I guess.

  • TheZeitgeist||

    Saw Man of Steel last night and generally agree with Loder's review. The editing of the movie, like so many recent mega-movies, is seriously wanting. The last grinding hour is predictable (it is a superhero flick) but it goes like this: Tiny bit of story - Five-to-ten minute cut of CGI-gasm - Tiny bit of story - Five-to-ten-minute cut of CGI-gasm, and so forth. By the time the battle with Zod vs. Superman was going on, I was checking my watch.

    Frankly, I like video games you can play instead of just watch, and movies like this are just non-interactive demo reels for Playstation VI.

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