Movie Reviews: Man of Steel, Love is All You Need, & Stories We Tell
Man of Steel
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: David S. Goyer (screenplay), David S. Goyer (story)
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
The film starts and spends too much time on Krypton, where the eventual Earthbound conflict originates and the infant is launched to his new home. Henry Cavill makes a dashing and super-pumped Superman, who struggles with his identity. I guess all comic book heroes must have inner conflicts now, but there are still some feats of daring peppered throughout. Unfortunately, the final 30 minutes becomes the typical H’wood mill of noisy, overdone combat. Instead of saving people’s lives, he’s battling bad guys. Even though it could be trimmed by 20, it’s a well-made, but not in any way original reboot. (The blatant product placement was just embarrassing.)
GAY ANGLE: Henry bares his mighty muscles early, but he’s handsome throughout.
Love is All You Need
Director: Susanne Bier
Writers: Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay), Susanne Bier (story)
Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind
This is actually a Danish film with a mostly Danish cast (and sporadic subtitles), but the one international name is Pierce Brosnan. He plays a closed-off widower who travels to Italy for his son’s wedding, only to find himself falling for the mother of the bride (Tryne Dyrholm). While some of the plotting and characters seem a tad overdone, the basic story is a predictable, but appealing romance. The focal character is really Dyrholm’s and she gives an engaging performance (as does the rest of the cast). The lovely seaside scenery adds to the charms of this sweet summer trifle.
GAY ANGLE: Let’s just say there’s a very gay angle (no spoilers).
Stories We Tell
Director: Sarah Polley
Writer: Sarah Polley
Stars: John Buchan, Joanna Polley, Mark Polley
Sarah Polley is best known as an actor, but she decided to make this film about her family, specifically her vivacious mother and the affair she had with Polley’s father. This film is made up of interviews with every member of her family (and then some), as well as lots of footage from their past. The momentum until she discovers the truth is well-paced and compelling. The last third bogs down in wordy debates about truth and memory (fewer people translates into less energy). There are surprises which upend the entire project, but you’ll have to sit thru it to find out. If ur into talky docs, you might find it worthwhile.
GAY ANGLE: See if you can tell which sibling is gay before it’s revealed.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.
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