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A load of hurt

superman

I saw Man of Steel in IMAX 3D tonight — opening night.  A few folks were there with me, to say the least.

And, boy, did we get a show.

This movie is HUGE….and not just because it’s an IMAX print.  I saw Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX, and everything in Man of Steel seems bigger by a factor of 10.

The musical score, by Hans Zimmer, is like a punch to the solar plexus.  It’s loud and driving (and kinda made my ears hurt, to be honest).

The physical fights and battle scenes are ginormous.  And exhausting.  The bad guys beat the hell out of Superman, but he just keeps on coming back.

Needless to say, it took a lot of CGI to make Man of Steel, and director Zack Snyder uses it to great effect to create a world worthy of our hero.  But the biggest and best part of this movie requires nothing more than a tight closeup to appreciate — Henry Cavill.

In the immortal words of annoying celebrity cook Rachael Ray —

YUM-O.

Hot ticket

I love movies, but this past weekend, the box office numbers were the best show in town.

“Despicable Me” was the number one movie, pulling in an incredible $60 million dollars.  Now, granted, it is an animated feature, and it was shown in 3D on some screens which jacks up the ticket price.  But I don’t think Universal promoted that movie very heavily, other than mentioning Steve Carell provided a voice, and showing us the yellow, roundish critters that are in it. As much as I am in the theater to see trailers, I have no idea what the movie is about.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter.  Here’s what I think did.

It was hot this weekend.  H-O-T hot.  And unless your movie theater suffered a power outage, it was comfortably air conditioned and soothingly dark inside.

“Despicable Me” was the one film that opened last weekend that was suitable for every member of the family.  So parents brought the whole gang and enjoyed the coolness, whether the story about the little yellow men was their cup of tea or not.

Just a theory.  You can challenge it.

Of course, lots of other people went to the movies, too.  “Eclipse” in its second week — with its more ‘specialized’ audience — still pulled in another $32 million.  “Predators” managed $25 million after being gutted in the reviews.  “Toy Story 3” in its fourth week added another $21 million to its coffers, and “The Last Airbender” and “Grownups” pulled in $16 million each.

Everyone stayed inside and caught a show, my friends.

‘Cause it was hot…

H-O-T.