44 thoughts on “Steel (1997) Movie Review

  1. I’m so happy flops like that did not prevent the rise of the superhero genre… but delayed it they did. This one I’ll be happy never to watch 🙂

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  2. This is exactly the kind of rubbish I was watching when I was a stupid kid in the 90s, yet somehow this one escaped me. Just watched the trailer and it looks genuienly unwatchable but I can never truly hate a bad 90s action movie so I may still have to watch it now.

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  3. Wow…why do you keep doing this to yourself my good man (haha)?! Maybe you’ve developed some sort of resistance after the terrors of Jonah Hex and Catwoman? Great piece though Lashaan, you had me in stitches (it also left me with an appetite for some swiss cheese).

    Like Catwoman, I’m aware of the notoriety of Steel (but wasn’t aware it was written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, surprising as he gets some acclaim and respect for developing and producing the 1970s Hulk tv show) and as with Catwoman I’m unlikely ever to subject myself to this – especially given that, again, like Catwoman, it’s not only awful but virtually ignores the source material. A shame since Steel is a great character and one of the stars of the classic Reign of the Superman.

    Now, please, man, restore your spirit by watching the Dark Knight trilogy or something haha!

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    1. Hahahahaha you might onto something there! But I had my share of bad movies to watch them now with a somewhat critical eye. 😂 Glad this review at least built an appetite for cheese now!

      I too was surprised to learn the implication of Kenneth Johnson for this one and now I’m going to have a hard time forgetting his role in this one hahah I wish they didn’t blatantly try to recreate this character. They should’ve just invented a whole other hero just for Shaq!

      I am VERY impressed by your comment on Nolan’s trilogy because THAT is exactly what I plan to go through over the upcoming months to review on my blog! 😂 Great minds think alike huh? Hahahah

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  4. When I found out that this had nothing to do with Superman back in the day, my interest in watching it went to zero. Sounds like I made the right choice. And I agree with PiotreK, movies like this are what delayed the superhero genre for so long. Thankfully, Spiderman showed us that a superhero movie could be good and I feel that was the point where it began to grow and get some momentum.

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  5. First of all, thank you for saving me the time of watching that. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of it, but there’re already too many hours of bad movies I’ll never get back. Great review! Two questions if I may: One, How’d it top one star, and two, Have you ever played ShaqFu? It’s the same attempt at capitalizing on Shaq with about the same success.

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    1. Thanks, Will! I appreciate it. I knew of its existence only after digging thoroughly in DC-related projects a very long time ago and I’m glad to have given it a try now even if it was bound to be a disaster hahah

      It got that extra for making me occasionally laugh by being VERY bad hahahah

      I have heard a lot things about the original ShaqFu but never had the chance to try it out! 😮 I do know that there was a PS4 sequel for it that visually didn’t look so bad but I’m convinced anything Shaq-related could even get a passable grade from me hahah

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  6. Ow ow ow, that must’ve hurt! How is your brain, Lashaan? Hopefully the damage won’t be lasting 😛

    Don’t start me on Shaq; I realize a basketball career is something that ends quickly, but do we really have to be exposed to Shaq’s anti-personality? And I’ll save you time you’d otherwise spend looking for Shaq’s acting skills – he has none 😛

    Thankfully I didn’t even know this abomination existed, and now that I know, I’ll stay away 😀 But I need to know – what’s the second star for?

    Great review, I had a laugh! 😀

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    1. Hahahah my brain is fine! I left it in the closet while I went through this one. 😛

      Oh, yes. He has a brain-numbing ability whenever he’s filmed. He’s a sports commentator today and every time I hear him to discuss things, I’m wholly unimpressed… Hope he doesn’t show up in anymore movies but something tells me he’s probably got a role in the upcoming Space Jam sequel…

      The second star is for those moments where my heart ached and my head hurt to the point where I just ended up laughing at how cringey this turned out to be. 😉

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  7. I watched this a while back, and found it entertainingly bad. Shaq’s acting is terrible, but like the worst of the Schwarzenegger movies, it’s entertainingly bad. As bad as the movie is, it feels like the filmmakers were trying to make an entertaining superhero flick. At the time I knew nothing about Steel as a character (still far from being an expert now), so none of the inaccuracies bothered me. And it wasn’t unusual for 90’s superhero movies to disregard their source material. The 1990 Captain America movie shows him heroically abandoning his partners, an Italian Red Skull instead of Cap’s biggest villain being German, and a plot that really doesn’t make sense. It’s actually the lowest rated movie based on a Marvel superhero on Rotten Tomatoes. And then of course there’s Batman and Robin. Let’s not talk about that one just yet.

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    1. I completely agree. It is entertainingly bad. But for what it was, I still think it’s a completely dull take on superhero movies and offers nothing rewarding too. There are more flaws than I could count on my fingers and ultimately just feels like a cheap Saturday morning superhero special hahah

      I haven’t heard of that Captain America actually! 😮 I look forward to the day when I’ll revisit all the Marvel movies now. Still got a bunch of DC movies to review on my blog hahah

      Oh yes. It’s at the top of my reviewing queue. I’ll be torturing myself without any re-watch of the atrocious Batman and Robin movie. I can’t wait hahahah


  8. Hahaha this movie sounds horrible 😂 are there really hiphop songs in it? 😂 I don’t know how you can have so much patience to watch terrible movies like that 😂 I’m pretty sure you didn’t like it because there were jokes about the Batcave… 🤔 But don’t worry, Lashaan, they’re not talking about YOUR Batcave! 😚

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    1. Of course hahah it has to sound somewhat gangster during those cool sequences, right? 😛 Ahh, I’ve built a tolerance for bad movies and I always prefer having seen them fully to justify criticizing them too hahaha Hmm… I won’t lie that it hurt that they made such a lame Batcave joke! 😛 Shhhh, we don’t talk about that! ❤

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  9. Well, I had never heard of that movie and I will probably forget it as soon as I submit this comment 😂 I have to say that it is somehow always quite enjoyable to read your bad reviews Lashaan ahah (bad as in bad movies/books, because the reviews themselves are always great 😀)

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