Coming Soon-Ish: Tom Cruise, Superman, and Giant Robots Vs Giant Monsters


I actually don’t hate Tom Cruise the way a lot of people do — there are a number of his movies that I like — but I’d probably be a little more interested in this if he wasn’t in it. And I have some other concerns too: I’m not always crazy about big conspiracy stories, even if they’re set in the future, and the Mysterious, Beautiful Female really has to be done well for me to like it. So, it’s a maybe rental, but I doubt I’ll pay ten bucks for this.

Man of Steel

Despite watching Lois and Clark as a kid, I was never a big Superman fan, and I don’t know that this movie is going to make me into one. But unless I hear terrible things about it, I’ll probably watch it in theaters. Because Zack Snyder is hit or miss, but if you’re going to watch his work, then you might as well watch it on the big screen. Whether the story is a convoluted mess or not — read: Sucker Punch — you know it’s going to at least look pretty damn awesome.

After Earth

Unlike everyone else in the world, I actually don’t hate M. Night Shyamalan — he’s got a 4-1-2 track record with me. (The two “ties” are really just the movies I haven’t seen — Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender. I’m being a little generous with The Village, putting it in the positives, because even though I think it’s a hugely flawed movie . . . I like it enough to own it. Yeah, I own The Village. Suck it.)

But I’m not sure how I feel about this trailer itself. That opening shot sure sucked me in (pardon the pun) and I find Will Smith’s speech about fear sort of interesting . . . but I don’t know that the actual story is doing anything much for me. I guess it’s a maybe.

Pacific Rim

Oh, I’ll watch this. I mean, the voiceover horrifies me a bit — hopefully, it’s just for trailer exposition — but come on. This is like a live action Power Rangers movie! Who doesn’t want to see a giant robots versus giant monsters movie. (Yes, yes, lots of people, but clearly those people have no wonder in their souls 🙂 )

Besides, I like Guillermo del Toro. And if if you’re going to have an inspirational battle speech, well, I can think of worse people to deliver it than Idris Elba.

And finally . . . The Lone Ranger

This continues to look terrible. That is all.

6 thoughts on “Coming Soon-Ish: Tom Cruise, Superman, and Giant Robots Vs Giant Monsters

  1. I’d like to give the Tron Legacy director a break. Tron Legacy was his debut movie, so with that in mind I don’t think it was a bad first try. “Oblivion” appears to be much closer to what he actually WANTS to make and the presence of Andrea Riseborough is enough to get me interested. She’s an absolutely fantastic actress (who unfortunately was mainly working on a Madonna’s fascist-royals apologetics movie last year).

    It’s been suggested that the main problem with Suckerpunch was that Zack Snyder actually WROTE it. He’s not writing this time. Still, I’m getting seriously nagging “Superman Returns” vibes off this trailer. I have a lot of respect for the first Superman movie, particularly the first half of it, but I’m not sure about this. I can’t exactly put my finger on the big problem, but to take one nagging doubt let’s look at this: he lifts a bus out of the water, but no one remembers this later when he’s a superhero with a ‘hidden’ identity? To be quite frank, if a whole busload of kids saw you lift up a bus, there is no way that is staying a secret….

    I’ve only seen Shyamalan’s early movies: Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village. I really really enjoyed “Unbreakable”, but the others felt a bit ‘meh’. I think “After Earth” could turn out to be a bit meh. Also, when we’ve just been told that everything on the planet has evolved to kill humans, why is that kid then happily breathing in spores? Have they not SEEN “Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind”???

    Pacific Rim looks AWESOME!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    • You know, I never did see Superman Returns. I always meant to, but I never got around to it, and now I have considerably less interest.

      LOL — possibly a bad call on the whole spore-breathing bit. Although here’s a bit of blasphemy for today: I was not really a big fan of Nausicca. I don’t know why. It just did nothing for me.

      Pacific Rim! I really want that one to be good 🙂

  2. I’m pretty much sold on anything directed by Guillermo del Toro, and Pacific Rim looks like it’s gonna be awesome. Ironically given the mention of Oblivion here, Tom Cruise was actually considered for Idris Elba’s role in Pacific Rim, but del Toro decided he didn’t want the typical WASP-y white guy for the lead role. Which I personally think is a good decision, since we already have plenty of those in nearly every other movie.

    Also I saw the trailer when he aired it during New York Comic Con and it was badass. Some guy actually yelled out “Play it again!” when it was over, lol.

  3. Did you ever watch Superman: The Animated Series? It’s by the same team behind the beloved Batman: TAS. It was an excellent show and the best representation of Superman I’ve seen. Many episodes, especially the Darkesied stuff, is better than any of the movies, imo. I’m cautiously optimistic about Man of Steel. Despite disliking or outright hating every movie Snyder has directed so far, the tone of the trailers intrigue me.

    Pacific Rim, on the other hand, looks like it might be the equivalent of watching two friends play a Godzilla video game for two hours, which wouldn’t be very fun.

    • I think I’ve seen a few, but I didn’t watch them regularly, no. I DID watch a Batman and Superman team-up movie, Public Enemies and enjoyed that — Tim Daly did the voice of Superman, and I believe he did the voice work in the animated series as well . . . although I’m not sure about that. Maybe I’ll get around to trying to watching it at some point — I think there’s just something about Superman’s storyline that I find less compelling.

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