Originally Posted by bluearth
Who or what decides its brilliant or generic? Blade Runner was panned by critics at its release but developed a cult following, like what Man of Steel is doing now. Now critics say Blade Runner is the greatest. Its very possible films can be misunderstood at their release, especially for something as different as Man of Steel.
The original cut of Blade Runner was objectivelly boring and weak due to studio interference, it was only when the Director started to be able to show his original vision that critics started to change their minds, a similar thing happened with Kingdom of Heaven, where the original version was panned, while the director's cut is very praised.
The Man of Steel is medíocre all around, the style of conveying emotion Snyder uses is what i like to call bulls***g, and he's not the only one to use it, Michael Bay does the same and Christopher Nolan can sometimes fall into this territory. Now what is this bulls***g i'm talking about? It's the use of a strong musical theme in the background, while the plot in the form of a character tells you how he is feeling, or the director spoon feeds you this in another way, like flashback and etc.
I see this style used a lot in anime and filmmakers like Zack Snyder have started to incorporate it, the problem is that this way the film is telling you how you should be feeling, instead of letting the plot develop the characters properly and therefore making the connection actually matter. This technique can easily make people confuse an actually well development and characters with shallow emotion, making films like Armageddon be sometimes known for having people cry, even though the plot and characters weren't exactly well constructed.
Needless to say, bulls****g emotion make amazing trailer shots or great scenes to see alone, but when viewed in the whole structure, they fall apart.