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超人:钢铁之躯

2013-06-05 14:21

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篇文章是由W.L. Swarts撰写的,不清楚此人来历,估计是看了内部试映,简单翻译了下,译文在第二页,翻译时去掉了剧透,同时也简化了许多。由于本人英语水平有限,翻译得不好,可能有错误。译文看不下去者可到第三页看英语原文。

此人给《超人:钢铁之躯》评了8分(满分10分),和《蝙蝠侠:侠影之谜》同分数。一下列出一些他评的分数让大家参考。

《蝙蝠侠:侠影之谜》8

《黑暗骑士》10

《蝙蝠侠:黑暗骑士崛起》9

1970年版《超人》7.5

《星际迷航:暗黑无界》5(……

 

 

 

《超人:钢铁之躯》暑期重磅巨制!

 

优点:角色,大多数表演,特效。

缺点:故事的进展令人痛苦的可以预测。

基本:一部对超人的完全重启之作,《超人:钢铁之躯》呈现出一个更焦虑版本的克拉克·肯特和卡尔-艾尔。在他的第一次冒险中,地球面临着巨大的威胁。

 

我不是一个超人的粉丝,超人这个角色一直是一个从帮助猫下树到用“美国方式”来伸张正义、维护正义、保护地球的无敌斗士。近几年,超人漫画对超人已经没有严格的定义,他也一直没被放在某些如神奇女侠为了阻止杀人机器保护地球就必须牺牲一个人类这样的情况下,所以《超人:钢铁之躯》中的超人对我对我来说本没有任何吸引力,我原本并不看好这部电影。

但首先,我为布莱恩·辛格和布兰登·罗斯感到遗憾。《超人归来》的失败并非因为罗斯的演绎,但罗斯承担了过错。在我看过《惊天战神》后,我不认为亨利·卡维尔能够塑造超人/克拉克·肯特这个角色。但在《超人:钢铁之躯》中,他很好的演绎了这个角色,且影片也惊人地撑起了整个DC(电影)宇宙。

鉴于最近看了1970年版本的《超人》,很难不将两者拿来对比。相比之下《超人:钢铁之躯》更加黑暗,它将克拉克·肯特带入一个更加真实的世界(除了里面每个人都有一张英俊潇洒的脸),《超人:钢铁之躯》去掉了大部分克里斯托弗·里夫版超人的魅力,转而呈现给观众一个徘徊于用自己的能力去帮助他人和因自己的身份所带来给人们的仇恨与恐惧之间的超人。

《超人:钢铁之躯》缺乏幽默元素。这个克拉克不是一个会搞笑的农家男孩,他是个能够有条理地掩饰自己踪迹的人,只有遇到事故才会显出真本领去帮助他人。影片里的角色塑造得十分鲜明。《守望者》导演扎克·施奈德当然同样也把角色塑造的没像其它电影那么幼稚。

《超人:钢铁之躯》富有意义。角色的设定。电影因要转3D而延期上映,忠实的观众会认为电影开场会有一段和《蝙蝠侠:黑暗骑士崛起》那样刺激的场面。作为一名电影版《绿灯侠》的少数粉丝之一,我认为和整个DC宇宙不符的是《超人:钢铁之躯》缺少星际警察,如果按照有星际警察的设定,我相信地球应该会很安全。

《超人:钢铁之躯》的情节就是一部超级英雄起源故事。在角色方面,电影从俗套的超人故事中创造出了新鲜感,使卡尔-艾尔的外星人本质-在写实的版本中比莱克斯·卢瑟的版本中描绘得更加细致-用一种现实的方式呈现出来。是的,人类并不是一个善于接纳的种族,乔纳森·肯特对儿子隐藏实力的主张也是正确的。人类的仇外和恐惧是电影的主题之一(就像《蝙蝠侠:侠影之谜》中的主题是“恐惧”),而大卫·S·高耶和克里斯托弗·诺兰也交出一份令人满意的答卷,使电影呈现出来的不只是外星人和超能力,更包括人类的反应以及我们如何对待外来者的思考。

表演方面,我要开始评论我长期鄙视的罗素·克劳。这次他出乎意料的很好地塑造了乔-艾尔这个角色(尽管他的上镜时间不多),他的神入的表演展现出了一个深深陷入试图过上生活又想保护儿子和星球的烦恼之中。乔-艾尔给予儿子的教导比平庸说教更能深入人心。

影片中的配角表现得十分出色,如克劳、乔纳森·肯特的扮演者凯文·科斯特纳-他很好的把握住了一个很容易搞砸的角色。迈克尔·珊农饰演的佐德将军拥有霸气的造型和声音,即使是酱油角色,他们的表演也不只是打打酱油(大多就是赞颂演员,一笔带过……)。我喜欢那种虽然酱油却对故事发展拥有极重要作用的角色所带来的感觉。劳伦斯·菲什伯恩对角色的塑造和他扮演的角色佩里·怀特一样伟大。

艾米·亚当斯饰演的路易斯·莱恩给所有粉丝带来带来出乎意料的表演。更重要的是,她和亨利·卡维尔有很好的荧幕效应来吸引观众。

亨利·卡维尔不只是拥有宽大肌肉才去表演卡尔-艾尔的,克里斯托弗•里夫版本的超人呈现出来的事一个健壮版本的克拉克·肯特,而卡维尔则很好的表现出了充满矛盾和不确定的心理,然后转变为超凡而又无惧。最好的地方在于他用他的眼睛表现出了情感和卡尔-艾尔对于人们知道他能改变一切后对他反应的恐惧感。和迈克尔•珊农的打斗戏又给他机会展示力气和速度。

特效方面,《超人:钢铁之躯》做得很棒。我不说3D,但是标准CG特效看起来很好。比如卡尔-艾尔飞行时的斗篷看上去十分真实,卡维尔的数字替身也和真的一摸一样。

不管《超人:钢铁之躯》像不像一部熟悉的超级英雄起源电影,它都比其他电影更有新鲜感,不只体现于娱乐方面,更重要的是它带给人们如何和外星人共存的思考。

8/10

 Summer Blockbuster Season’s Big Legitimate Hit Is Made With Man Of Steel!
The Good: Character, Most of the performances, Special effects
The Bad: Plot progression is painfully predictable.
The Basics: A complete reboot of Superman, Man Of Steel presents a more angsty version of Clark Kent and Kal-El and a bigger threat to Earth in his first real adventure.
I am not a fan of Superman. The character spent decades as a monolithic ideal who evolved from an ultra-powerful man who helped cats out of trees into a blandly virtuous, virtually invincible fighter for peace, justice, the “American Way” and the protection of Earth. In recent years, the Superman comic books have moved away from the absolutism that defined the character, but he’s not been placed in a situation like Wonder Woman where to save the world from an unstoppable killing machine, a human being has to die, like Wonder Woman did in The OMAC Project . So, the idea of the new reboot of the Superman cinematic franchise with Man Of Steel had no inherent draw to me and, if anything, I was biased against it.
First, I felt bad for Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh. For all of the problems with Superman Returns , Routh’s performance was not the reason the film failed. Routh took the blame much like Eric Bana did for Hulk . And after seeing Immortals , I was not convinced Henry Cavill was the one to take up the role of Clark Kent/Superman. But, with Man Of Steel he lands it and the film works becoming a surprisingly compelling super hero film that ups the stakes for the DC (cinematic) universe and gives viewers a smarter superhero film than they have seen in some time.
A political and military vulnerability to his father on Krypton, Jor-El, Kal-El is sent away from Krypton to Earth. On Earth he grows up as the son of Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised to be virtuous, kind, and giving, Jonathan also raised his adopted son to be cautious and not reveal his extraordinary abilities – like amazing strength and speed. Despite some incidents, like saving a bus load of children from an accident as a youth, Clark Kent (as Kal-El goes by in his life “passing” as a human) gets by. In his young adulthood, though, he begins to feel isolated and he starts to avoid people in order to not have his incredible abilities discovered. His journey of self discovery brings him to the abandoned craft that brought him to Earth and there he learns of his Kryptonian heritage.
In exploring his abilities, Kal-El comes to the attention of the U.S. military and Lois Lane, intrepid reporter from Metropolis. The curiosity about his nature, though, quickly is trumped when an alien invasion force arrives. Led by General Zod, Jor-El’s enemy, the Kryptonian force comes for Kal-El and when Zod’s forces begin laying waste to Earth, Kal-El decides to step up and become humanity’s savior.
Having recently watched the 1970’s Superman , it is worth noting that Man Of Steel distances itself well from that vision of Superman. Man Of Steel is darker and works to fit Clark Kent into more of a real world than a fantastic or cinematic rendition of our world (though everyone looks Hollywood beautiful in Man Of Steel). Thus, Man Of Steel sacrifices much of the charm of Christopher Reeves’s Superman in favor of an outsider protagonist who is caught between using his powers to help people and struggling to avoid persecution that his alien nature will bring from the xenophobic and fearful humans (who could desperately use his help).
The biggest tone change is the lack of humor in Man Of Steel. This Clark Kent is not an “aww shucks” farm boy, he’s a guy who has methodically covered his tracks to avoid making a splash until normal human incident after normal human incident conspires to reveal his true nature (by him using his extraordinary and inhuman abilities to help other people). Man Of Steel has a few amusing lines, but for the most part, it is a much more stark, character-driven piece with a protagonist who is far more consciously created as an outsider than prior renditions (at least cinematically) of Superman have been. This, naturally, is expected of the director of Watchmen,and Zack Snyder’s trend for delivering characters who face overwhelming odds and making smarter-than-average super hero films remains unchallenged.
Significant in Man Of Steel is the tone. The set-up for Clark Kent and coming to terms with his identity as Kal-El is appropriately belabored and conflicted, drawn out until General Zod returns to the narrative. But when Zod arrives at Earth, the film takes a somewhat troubling turn toward the familiar. Man Of Steel was delayed from a planned release last year and while the studio’s reason might be that they wanted to get the effects (especially 3-D conversion) right, it is not long into Zod’s reign of terror that loyal viewers of DC-based films will suspect that they did not want viewers to start noting the plot comparisons (the whole “under siege” plot) with The Dark Knight Rises . And as one of the few fans of the cinematic Green Lantern, the whole DC Universe problem with Man Of Steel is certainly the lack of presence of the space cops of the galaxy. After all, prior incarnations which had Clark Kent as the sole surviving Kryptonian did not exactly warrant the presence of the interstellar police force, but in Man Of Steel, Zod and his allies come in force with an invasion plan and weapons which seem like they would fall pretty safely under the purview of the Green Lantern Corps . . .
. . . so, Man Of Steel is plotted like a super hero origin story. That’s fine, it is what it is. The character front has Man Of Steel making a fresh take on the familiar elements of the Superman story and it makes Kal-El’s alien nature – something which the graphic novels have only focused on in the past few decades as a source of conflict with the more refined version of Lex Luthor – an issue that is presented in an unfortunately realistic way. Yes, human beings are not the most accepting race and Jonathan Kent is proven right for urging his son to be cautious in his exposing himself to humans. Human xenophobia and fear is a predominate theme in Man Of Steel (much like fear was in Batman Begins) and writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan do a decent job of making the film about more than just an alien with incredible abilities and, instead, about broader themes about the state of humanity and how we treat one another. Fortunately, Clark Kent’s ethics prevent him from simply imposing growth on our backwards planet – a point which is driven home when General Zod and his soldiers come to extort humanity and destroy the masses who cannot reasonably stand in his way.
On the acting front, I wanted to start my commentary of Man Of Steel with the note that my longstanding disdain of Russell Crowe’s narrow acting range does not prevent me from openly acknowledging that he takes the role of Jor-El (who comparatively has exceptionally little screentime) and makes him empathetic and seem like a father deeply torn between having the life he wants (with his family) and trying to protect his son and his planet. Crowe is decent for the part of Jor-El and his performance makes the mentoring that Jor-El provides his son seem like more than banal exposition or bland moralizing and actually seem inspiring.
The supporting cast in Man Of Steel is fleshed out well. Like Crowe, Kevin Costner is given the role of Jonathan Kent, which could have been presented as campy or over-the-top and Costner delivers subtle and restrained. Michael Shannon’s General Zod is powerful in voice and posture, even if the character is a bit monolithic and Richard Schiff and Christopher Meloni make their roles as Dr. Emil Hamilton and Colonel Hardy seem like quite a bit more than background characters. Schiff and Meloni embody their characters in such a way that makes them seem like their entire existence does not revolve around Kal-El, like they were living in a world before his appearance and they have other things going on besides him and the plot of Man Of Steel. I like the sense that such comparatively minor characters have an identity that is not simply built around the one story. Laurence Fishburne is characteristically great as Lois Lane’s boss at The Daily Planet, Perry White.
That brings us to Amy Adams. Adams plays Lois Lane in Man Of Steel and she brings all the pluck and determination fans of the Superman franchise would expect from Lois Lane. More importantly, Adams has great on-screen chemistry with the film’s star Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill is more than just a pair of toned pectoral muscles and abs that won’t quit as Kal-El. Just as Christopher Reeves brought a wholesome and obviously kind disposition to his version of Clark Kent , Cavill is able to portray conflict and uncertainty well . . . then change it up plausibly with powerful and unafraid. At his best, Henry Cavill uses his eyes to emote and express the idea that Kal-El is terrified of what the people in the world will do to him, while knowing that he could change everything. His scenes opposite Michael Shannon’s Zod give him the chance to both show of physical strength and spout noble aphorisms.
On the effects front, Man Of Steel is good. I cannot speak to the 3-D, but the standard CG effects look great. So, for example, the shots of Kal-El’s cape when he is in his Kryptonian suits looks real (Snyder and his effects team got the effects right) and the digital models of Cavill when he is flying look like they are in the real world as well.
Despite the issues where Man Of Steel is plotted like a familiar super hero origin story, the film feels fresher than most and is not only solidly entertaining, it makes a decent commentary on the human and alien here on Earth.
8/10

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