I used to be a comic book fan, especially of DC Comics. But one comic I never was that thrilled about was Steel; the artwork was bad and most of the stories seemed the same. For some reason, he became rather popular, despite just being yet another spin-off of the Superman franchise. That's what Steel is in the comics: A man who tried to live up to Superman's legacy while Superman was "dead." The comic book wasn't that good, and just as I predicted from the first moment I heard of this movie, the movie was even worse.
Shaq is John Henry Irons (Steel), and he's the perfect choice for the role. He's big and strong. Unfortunately, he's a horrible actor, but luckily he fit in with the rest of the cast. I have never heard such bad dialogue, and I have witnessed only a few movies with acting as pathetic as this. I might as just go watch an Elementary School play.
Thankfully, Steel wasn't completely horrible. Steel didn't emerge until halfway through the movie; they did a good job of progressing the story, even if it was through bad dialogue. Having Shaq be horrible at basketball was a good touch, and the Grandma was pretty funny. The sonic blasts looked pretty cool...
But for substantial pieces of the movie, Steel was a failure. The story was bad, Shaq looked incredibly stupid in the steel suit (just like in the comics), and the bad guy was ridiculously lame. The ending was just as pathetic... Sparky, Irons' best friend, fires lasers out of her wheel chair, the bad guy kills himself by shooting Steel and having the blast reflect back towards him, and Irons and his little brother discuss how to throw a grenade through a small hole, even though it should have detonated two minutes before. There was no big confrontation between the arch rivals of Irons and the bad guy, and there was no sense of conflict throughout the entire movie.
I checked out Steel from the library for free, but it was still a waste of 97 minutes.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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