Re: Superman TM 1978 vs Man of Steel 2013, was the world ready, what do you think?
I don't like to use the term 'better' because it sounds too objective to me, but I'll state how I feel about these movies and which are easier to recommend to others.
1. Personally I don't get much out of SMTM. I prefer MOS by a mile. However, SMTM is a much more accessible and easily digestible film, so I'd probably recommend it to more people (who don't mind older films), whereas I'd probably only recommend MOS to patient moviegoers who get a lot out of action and epic cape shots.
2. SMTM's messages are clearer, happier, and there's more enjoyment that comes from humor and lighthearted human moments (such as Clark at the Daily Planet). It's not likely to turn you off, even if you're not loving the movie. For me, it just fiind the story to be very compelling. I didn't find the characters very likable/watchable, and, a lot of the style (costumes, etc) wasn't very 'cool' to me, and I never latched on to Clark's journey. Given that I didn't see this movie until a few years ago, the VFX didn't do anything for me either.
Whereas with Man of Steel, a lot of the enjoyment comes from being interested in its grandiose thematic ideas, which I was, while also connecting with the main character, which I did, following his emotional journey, and being invested enough so that when the action finally hits, you're still on board. (if you don't connect with Clark from the get-go, and if you don't get as much out of action (or cape porn), you probably won't find it to be very compelling, especially the last act). All the emotional moments hit much harder and truer in this movie. All the characters are more likable. All the action is more exciting.
As for why SMTM was more widely successful: in addition to its accessibility, it was also groundbreaking ("you will believe a man can fly", etc). It gave people an experience like they've never had before. (which is how I and a lot of other people felt about Man of Steel.)
Last edited by FeedOnATreeFrog; 01-22-2014 at 04:15 AM.