To think of superheroes is to make us think of silly heroics and even goofier costumes. So why is it then that audiences fall head over heels for them? No matter these antics or that they emerge from series of comic books, there is something noble and patriotic about a hero rising up to save mankind; even if he is a red-caped crusader in blue tights.
Man of Steel (2013) DC Comics Review
The planet of Krypton was once a peaceful place. New council laws make it no longer such a place. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) cannot stand by and see this happen. The son he and his wife have is the first natural child on Kryptonite in years and just as General Zod (Michael Shannon) is about to destroy what’s left of the planet, Jor-El and his wife smuggle their son to safety – to planet earth, to live among mankind.
Some thirty years later Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) drifts from place to place, working odd jobs blending in after years of being an outsider as the son of Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane). Everything changes when he discovers an odd piece of aircraft in the Canadian mountains and a nosey Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams), turns up. All events that set into motion Clark finding out who he really is…
(This review won’t reveal any “major” spoilers but if you want to see the movie unbiased, there will be honest opinions of the pros and cons.)
These types of films like to ask the viewer to sit through two hours of destruction at the expense of something more precious. This loss is character development and a human angle. Dubbed a kind of “origins” story, Man of Steel received oodles of promotion, and obviously enjoyed a budget that allows multiple action sequences. Perhaps its biggest failing is Zack Snyder directing this movie. A man whose prior films would suggest a unique perspective, he seems only to care about angles and action rather than the “people” of the story.
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Should a sequel be made (likely given the record breaking numbers), I would like to see someone new directing; the series has infinite potential. Minus one or two action sequences and better pacing, this movie would be golden. As it stands, there were some nearly irreversible mistakes made in the set up of these scenes and it wears thin to have so much of the screen time busy leading Clark into his next battle – battles that nearly always land him on the losing end. Worse than Avengers or Captain America (the explosions and ruin), this movie is in need of a reality check. Still, I don’t feel upset or cheated out of not “feeling” more from the characters (I respect, like and root for most of them).
Also working in its favor, where Superman Returns is more of a “sequel,” this is more about Clark Kent as a person than as Superman. (Cavill is signed on for two more sequels should the studio option them.) Unexpected moments of humor creep into the script; like putting Superman in cuffs or his quip-y replies, which offers a reprieve from all the noise. Given what they have to work with, the actors are all good. Henry is brilliant in the role of Superman, although much to our dismay, he does take a beating too many times. Likewise Amy is adorable.
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Speaking of the actors, it seems no one likes Amy and Henry, claiming they have no sparks. I don’t see this as a “love story” so a kiss in the final moments coupled with the lack of conversation doesn’t bother me. The best is yet to come with blossoming friendship and romance. With time, this will all blossom and grow into the Lois and Clark icon of a relationship we know and love. We often ask writer’s to take creative liberties and Man of Steel does; I’m one viewer who cannot be too critical as a result.
Man of Steel (2013) is a solid start to a new franchise minus the one glaring offense of “too much” oblivion. The usual parallels that seem to relate to Christianity are here. However as a moviegoer, I’ve never put as much stock in them. Regardless, it’s poignant and looks at what sacrifice means. Clark Kent stands taller than most even if his character does lose something in translation.
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Content: I cannot remember anything “bad” in this film aside from the usual destruction and “tense” moments as the characters try to triumph over bad. The film is PG-13.
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