Man of Steel Review

30 Jun

I went to see the Superman re-boot on Saturday night.  My overall impression is somewhat mixed.  I was really excited to get to finally see the movie, it’s been out for three weekends now.  The first weekend I had an excuse to miss it, I had a very important wedding to attend.  I have no excuse for missing last weekend other than I was really busy last Saturday.

So, Man of Steel…

Henry Cavill stars as Kal-El, aka Clark Kent.  We first meet him bearded working on a fishing boat.  Within the first 2 minutes of the movie, we get to witness Superman save a bunch of men on an oil rig.  Oh yea, and we get a close-up shot of his abs.  I expected nothing less from you Zach Snyder, oh ye who gave me the movie 300.

Amy Adams played Lois Lane really well.  A bit of what was written for her was over the top for me… did she really need to be on the plane at the end, really??!  But, she played it well.  It is Amy Adams though, I’m pretty sure she could act with a brick wall.  Diane Lane played Clark’s mom, also a good portrayal for a relatively small, but important part.  I liked her reaction to her house being destroyed.  Kevin Costner plays pa Kent.  I’m not a huge Costner fan, but he turned in the serious performance that I’m guessing he was asked to provide.

This movie had much of what I expect from a summer movie, including lots of fighting, the destruction of New York, sorry, Metropolis and tons of things exploding.  I mean tons.  Gas stations, skyscrapers, cars, tankers, spaceships, planes.  You name it, it blew up in this movie.

However, this movie also was much darker than what I was anticipating.  Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Batman writer and Director) was a co-writer of this and he tends to lean toward more serious themes.  I suppose I just tend to like hero movies more along the lines of Avengers and Star Trek.  While these movies wrestle with serious themes at times, they leave room for humor and some fun.  Often this is accomplished with a little bit of snarky dialogue or funny interaction between characters.  There wasn’t much if any humor to be found in Man of Steel, unless you laughed at the ab shot within the first two minutes like I did.  Not saying I didn’t enjoy it, I certainly did, but it was just SO obvious.

It had many redeeming qualities too though.  I enjoyed the back-story that was created for this movie.  Having never read the comics, I don’t believe this is the original genesis story of Superman, but I liked how they portrayed Kal-El’s birth parents and home planet’s demise.  The back story of how General Zod (played by Michael Shannon) came to be so bent on his mission also made sense.  Yet another antagonist who might have noble motives, but attempts to meet his ends via destruction and evil.

Overall it was a decent movie.  Not my favorite super hero movie ever, it just could have been a little more fun and a little less serious in my opinion.  To me, Batman exists in the darkness and Superman in the sun, so making this a bit darker just threw me off.   But I’m glad I saw it in a theater.  You just don’t get the scope of the special effects when you are watching a movie like this at home.  And that’s half the reason to see this movie!  I’ll give Henry Cavill some credit here as well, his performance was very good and he looked really good while doing it.  Never would guess that he’s a Brit!

If you are a fan of this type of action movie and are debating going or waiting to watch it, I’d still suggest seeing it in the theater.  It is a movie best appreciated on the big screen.

If you did see it, what did you think?  Feel free to disagree with me!

2 Responses to “Man of Steel Review”

  1. CMrok93 June 30, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Good review. A good superhero movie, but not the best in recent memory.

  2. Randy July 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    I thought it was a great movie, and it needed to be fairly dark and realistic in terms of how the characters reacted to different situations in the movie. I wasn’t a huge Superman fan before this movie, but after seeing it I’m now a bigger fan of him. I am so glad that they did away the red underpants

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