Tasman Leader : July 4th 2013
11 THE TASMAN LEADER, JULY 4, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT GOING OUT GUIDE IT'S FREE GO TO www.theleader.co.nz to list your upcoming events NELSON THUR FRI SAT Deville Bar & Cafe Out on Bail 22 New Street - 545 6911 JAZZ & 7pm! Liquid NZ Bar Kiwi Jam Session Dougie Live Whisky Priest 75 Bridge Street - 548 0270 Irish Music The Vic Brew Bar Live Music 8pm Live Music @ 9pm 281 Trafalgar Street - 548 7631 House of Kramit Fez The Boathouse Jazz with 326 Wakefield Quay - 548 7646 Freewheelin' Theatre Royal Love Broadway & Love Broadway & Love Broadway & 78 Rutherford Street, 548 3840 Hollywood 7pm Hollywood 7pm Hollywood 2pm & 7pm The Royal Hotel Stig & Wayne Salsa Buena Renata Bella 152 Bridge Street - 546 9279 Live 8.30pm Salsa Dance 9.30pm Live 9.30pm Nelson School of Music Organ Centenary 48 Nile St, Nelson 548 9477 Concert -- 7.30pm STOKE Turf Hotel Watch Super 15 Watch Super 15 228 Songer Street - 547 7791 McCashin's Brewery Quiz Night Kramit 660 Main Road - 547 0329 7-9pm TAHUNA Nelson Suburban Club The Johnnys Show Jim's Karaoke 168 Tahunanui Dr - 548 6815 Sports Hall 7.30pm Main Bar 9.15pm RICHMOND Club Waimea Members draw Texas Poker Philip Steans 345 Queen Street - 543 9179 UPPER MOUTERE Moutere Inn Folk Night 1406 Moutere Hghwy, 543 2759 From 7pm MOTUEKA Hotel Motueka Open mic/jam Joe T Karaoke Rumour Has It 77 High St - 528 7070 www.playhousecafe.co.nz Sat, 13 July Yulia sings European Love Songs $25 Book Now Phone (03) 540 2985 5478784AA MOVIE REVIEW: MAN OF STEEL All-American alien: Henry Cavill blasts his way to into stardom with a winning performance as Superman in Man of Steel.Muted tones, special effects Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW MISSED A REVIEW? To catch up with Matt's previously published reviews, watch trailers and share your own thoughts on the latest movies, visit theleader.co.nz. BOTTOM LINE: Mostly magnificent (out of five) Also screening: World War Z (M) Better than expected zombie thriller. 1G2 About 30 minutes into Man of Steel I sud- denly found myself thinking of a friend I had at primary school named Dan. Dan was a smart kid who came from a brainy family but tragically his parents had made his home a comic-free zone. I remember him coming to our place one day and frantically poring over my Tintin, Asterix, Batman and Superman comics. He was like a starving kid ripping into a box of Moros. Seriously, he could not read them fast enough. Dan didn t want to play with me. He just wanted to gaze at my comics. It was pitiful. Watching Man of Steel (M), I couldn t help thinking what a ripping yarn the Superman story is and how misguided Dan s parents policy had been. No doubt the comic ban was well intentioned but what Dan s mum and dad had missed is that at the heart of every great comic is a great story and if there is one thing human beings can t get enough of, it s great stories. Man of Steel opens with Kal-El (Superman s original name) being born on his home planet of Krypton just before its destruction. His father, played by Russell Crowe, convinces his mother, Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, that their son s only hope is a friendly looking planet that turns out to be Earth. Moments before Krypton combusts, the baby is popped into a space pod and blasted skyward. The story picks up 33 years later; we meet a magnificently buffed and bearded Henry Cavill working on a fishing boat that gets a mayday call from a burning oil rig. It appears too late to save anyone until Henry somehow turns up on the rig and performs phenomenal acts of strength to save the crew from certain death. You guessed it: he s Superman! Through multiple flashbacks we learn of his childhood being raised by his adoptive parents played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. The grown-up Superman heads north to the Arctic Circle when he catches wind of an out-of- this-world object buried deep in the ice. There, somewhere near the North Pole, he finds the answers to many of his questions. He also meets Amy Adams Lois Lane. Life is soon looking peachy for Superman until some particularly angry refugees from Krypton turn up determined to repatriate him. Man of Steel is directed by arguably cinema s number one CGI guy Zack Snyder and produced by the man behind the Dark Knight trilogy, Chris- topher Nolan. Snyder and Nolan are both fans of darker material so not surprisingly Man of Steel is a mostly sombre affair. For a film about a guy who wears a red cape, has X-ray vision and can fly, it takes itself pretty seriously and while some will find that ridiculous, it worked for me. In fact, I found Man of Steel a surprisingly emotional experience. The casting is excellent. The charismatic Cavill makes a great modern Superman, Adams is excellent as Lane, Crowe adds gravitas to his scenes, Costner and Lane are soulful and a typically OTT Michael Shannon makes a menacing baddie. Hans Zimmer, who scored the Dark Knight tril- ogy, is again loud and proud on the music front and visually the film is all moody muted tones and sensational special effects. The screenplay, mean- while, pulls the viewer in with a pleasing sense of urgency. My only problem with the film was the predict- able, seemingly neverending explosion fest at the end. In fact, about five minutes into it, I actually yawned. When will filmmakers learn that some- times, even with something as humungous as Man of Steel, less is definitely more?
July 11th 2013