Movie review: Man of Steel

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Ratings: 3/5
Okay, so this review is going to be pretty straightforward, as the movie was pretty straightforward too. The movie has a simple plot, and the premise was similar to so many superhero movies. So basically Man of Steel is a resident of the planet Krypton, and he is born at the epicentre of his planet’s destruction. Sent to planet Earth for his own safety and for the survival of his race, he grows up as a regular child hiding his supernatural powers.

Although he and his human parents are well aware of his extraordinary strength and capabilities, he is forced to shroud them so as to not scare away regular human beings, and ensure his undetected existence. But as all superhero movies must have a villain, Man of Steel does too, and he is no other than the mighty General Zod, who is the commander of the military forces of Krypton. He and Man of Steel’s biological father have fundamental arguments about the destruction of their planet and the survival of their race.

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This is the general plot, and then you can guess the remaining. The bottom line is that an alien comes to planet earth, falls in love with the planet and its people, and when his own race threatens the existence of the human race, he does everything in his power and more to prevent that from happening. I liked how they concentrated on his childhood, and showed the struggles he had been through. It was very realistic, and as a viewer you will be glad that they did not portray something as generic and as pathetic as some typical road-side Romeo who suddenly discovers his powers one fine morning on his way to workplace which would of course be a construction site.

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Henry Cavill very well fits the bill of the troubled and brooding youth with a heavy burden to bear. He is good looking, I will give him that, but he is no Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, sorry, I had to bring that up (not so sorry actually). Michel Shannon has really outshone himself as the mighty and violent psychopath General Zod. Loki, honey, I am sorry, but your fans are going to look the other way when General Zod walks by now. If you are looking for an entertainer with some breathtaking action sequences, then Man of Steel fits the bill. It is spectacular, quite awe striking, and hopefully, maybe, fingers crossed, he could be added to the Avengers team, if anyone from Marvel is listening in!

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 I know not all of them feature in The Avengers, but a girl can hope, can’t she?

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Almost Human: An Upcoming TV Series by the Makers of Fringe

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This three and a half minute trailer takes you through the basic concept behind Almost Human; the show is about the law and order enforcers have created a set of ‘people’ who are more like robots, but are also ‘Almost Human’. They kind of reminded me of the robots in the movie I Robot starring Will Smith, only here the robots look human with the skin and everything.

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I am quite excited about watching this show, since I have been a really huge fan of the show Fringe, which was also created by J.J Abrams. Not until recently did I realise that the main premise of the show that relied on the concept of a universe parallel to us, with the same kind of people (exact same, with the looks and the lives and everything), and the whole thing about teleporting-between-universes-caused-a-rift-in-the-fabric-of-the-universe had been derived from Doctor Who.

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Never mind that, I really adore Fringe, and it has been one of my all time favourite shows. It has the perfect blend of thrill and hard science, along with some amazing actors and screenplay. However, I wish the Observers hadn’t turned out to be the villains, they were always supposed to be the peaceful ones, quietly observing the progress of the human race. J.J Abrams is a genius, and so I am really looking forward to Almost Human and all the possible awesomeness it is going to land on me.

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Doctor Who Life Lessons

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Yeah, I know I have been going on about how Doctor Who changed my life; but does one really ever stop? Nah, cos once the Doctor enters your life, there is no end to the number of marvellous things that you can learn from him. However, there are some things that get seared onto your mind so much so that they become your guideline for life. Here are some of the things that I have learnt from the Doctor and the show.

Growing up is no fun if you can’t act childish sometimes. Yeah, that’s true, cos being all grown up and serious all the time is no fun at all. You will probably die with a permanent frown on your forehead. The Doctor has lived for over a thousand years and yet he has a glimmer of child-like innocence and enthusiasm in him that is so lovable and necessary; necessary because if he didn’t have that his long life and all the things that he had seen would have made him a very old and bitter man. So don’t be old and boring and bitter, be spectacular like the Doctor.

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Change is the only constant in life. The whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the concept of change, and yes, I agree, most Whovians do not adapt to change easily, but can you blame them? Wouldn’t it rip your heart apart when you come to love a Doctor, or rather a version of the Doctor and then he leaves and regenerates into someone entirely different? Well, let’s leave that discussion to another rainy day, what I am trying to say is that change is all around us, we only have to be accepting. We are changing, people around us change, and we have to accept that if we wish to be happy.

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Everything has its time and everything ends. Yes, this is one of the saddest things in all of time and space, and yet the ultimate truth. Old things must end and make way for new ones, be it a relationship, a phase in life, even the life of the Doctor, it all eventually ends. Nothing goes on forever, it is more of a ‘till it lasts’. Time can be rewritten, but not all of it, not the fixed times, and not the end.

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Goodbyes are important. I say this not just as something that I learnt from the 10th Doctor who burnt up the sun just to say goodbye to Rose Tyler (bitch please, that was adorable), but because I personally know how gut wrenching it can be when someone you love and adore with all your heart and soul just leaves without having the decency to utter a simple ‘goodbye’. It may not rip a hole in the universe, but it sure as hell rips a hole in the core of that person’s soul, and you can’t have that on your conscience, can you?

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Being weird is really a good thing. Yeah, all the bowties and the Stetsons and the suspenders and the long coats may seem like the thing of the past, but not really. These quirks and eccentric behaviour is what makes you different from all the millions of humans who behave more like clones of the Cybermen, what with their same old boring rules and their constant need to ‘fit in’. Name one person who is well loved and well known, and is not unique or weird is one way or another. There is none.

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A Sonnet the Doctor Who Way

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If you were to woo a Whovian, how would you do it? Cos mind you, the usual stuff just isn’t going to cut it. Here is a helping hand, a sonnet that would melt any Whovian’s heart like it was made of wax. Trust me, I am a Whovian.

I Shall

I shall be by your side, for better or worse, just like the TARDIS,

I shall exterminate your sadness and loneliness like the Daleks,

I shall upgrade your happiness and smile like the Cybermen.

I shall guard you like the ultimate Centurion, which would make Rory proud,

I shall swallow the time vortex if it means that I can be by your side again,

I shall love you even if we end up in parallel universes, never to meet again,

I shall find you, no matter where you go, I will always find you.

 

I shall stare unblinking at the Weeping Angels so that you may rest your weary eyes,

I shall stand in the way of their touch so that you may remain safe.

I shall be the Impossible Girl, always saving you from yourself,

I shall scatter myself throughout time and space so as to rescue you, every time.

I shall await you at the Bad Wolf Bay, and burn up the sun just to say goodbye,

I shall not wander off, or ask stupid questions, and above all,

I shall trust you.

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The End of Innocence

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By the end of Doctor Who Season 7, you may no longer be smiling. Agreed, none of the end of seasons bring a smile, they are more of a gut wrenching experience, but this time it is a little more than that. This time you know that things are not the same, you have known it since the Christmas Special episode when your once cheery and eccentric 11th Doctor suddenly seemed to have aged a century in a short while, and chooses to brood away in his TARDIS upon a cloud.

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Its like the life and joy had been snuck out of him since he lost the Ponds, and there was nothing, not even the Impossible Girl who could bring that light back. Its like Amy and Rory took away a part of the Doctor with them when the Angels got them. Gone are the fez and the suspenders, only to be replaced by the Abraham Lincoln-like hat. Some may disagree with me, and say that Clara did make him better, maybe she did, but still a tinge of the darkness and the sorrow always remained in his eyes.

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Its like the show has matured since the loss of Amy and Rory, and the darker tones are embedded in the essence of the Doctor; it is a whole new dimension for the fans, like watching your favourite character grow up. And now the 11th Doctor is going to leave us. Let’s see who comes along to fit in his boat-sized shoes (I say boat-sized not because he wears big shoes, but because the expectations from the 12th Doctor are going to be tremendous as Matt Smith has left behind big shoes to fit in, quite literally).

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Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Horns’

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Yes, you read that right, Daniel Radcliffe of the Harry Potter fame is going to appear in a whole new avatar in the movie ‘Horns’ directed by Alexandre Aja, which is also a novel by the same name by Joe Hills.

Here are some of the pictures that I found from the movie, take a look at how spectacular and different Daniel looks. The once cute and adorable looking young boy aboard the Hogwarts Express has truly arrived!

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The movie is set to release in mid-October. Man, living life on the slow track is so not fun! Wish I could hop onto a TARDIS and move on to the later bit of this year as all the amazing things are scheduled for then. Yes, I am referring to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and also the possibility of Sherlock season 3 premiering in November. Although, I am not getting my hopes high on Sherlock, it could just be one of Moffat’s cruel jokes!

Haters Be Hating The Doctor

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Yeah, I have gone all Ghetto here and frankly, I don’t care what you haters make of it. Every day I read posts and blogs that keep trolling Doctor Who. Initially, I was outraged, but now I smile in amusement, cos you never know how great you have become until a ton of people start bitchin about you. Then you know that you have made it.

What is it that they detest about the show, I do not understand. Is it because it is so successful? How does it matter if the show is a little over the top, it is pure entertainment. Some people have a problem with it being a children’s show; well, the Harry Potter series started off as a children’s book, and look what a phenomenon that was.

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Others keep comparing it to Sherlock. Bitch please! These two shows couldn’t be more different when you take into consideration the fact that Sherlock cannot be caught dead with knowledge of the solar system, and the whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the whole of the universe! There are millions of people out there who simple adore the show, and for good reason. All of them cannot be delusional now, can they?

I have read so many people say things like the show helped them when they were trying to get clean, helped them through the loss of a loved one, proved to be a companion to the loneliest of people, and yet so many people have a problem with Doctor Who. The show gives you infinite hope; hope that one day you may just prove to be as brave as Martha Jones who travelled all over the world spreading the Doctor’s word all by herself, that one day you may have a best friend like Donna Nobel who will save you from yourself, that one day Amy and Rory’s story of infinite patience and immovable love will be yours.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but make sure that you have earned them. I am not saying that every person who watches the show has to be absolutely mental about it, that is simply not possible, but when there is no valid reason to hate it then why despise something that means so much to someone? Agreed, some people fall in love with the love stories in the show, but come on, its not like it is along the lines of Twilight, which is by God the parameter against which all the garbage on this planet is measured. I mean, the Daleks falling in love with the Cybermen will be a better love story than the Twilight horse shit. So be reasonable, be kind, and don’t judge.

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PS: Just had to add this picture of David Tennant’s, cos he is ADORABLE!