Man of Steel Review

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In the Man of Steel, Clark Kent is an alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, will he becomes the hero Earth needs?

The Good

Let me first start by saying I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I heard Zack Snyder was directing back in 2010.  This was definitely a long time to wait and the wait was well worth it.  Superman finally done right!  Your question would be well what is right?  Who holds the definitive view of good ol’ Supes?  Well, no one, but if you can tell a good story with a re-imagining that suits him, then I’m all for it, much like the Earth One stories.

Cavill IS Superman!  Finally a Superman with a jaw line, not to mention one that doesn’t have to wear shoulder pads either.  Who would have thought in order to play Superman you’d have to hit the gym? Well… Snyder and the rest of the team did thats for sure!  I’m not sad about the trunks missing. After seeing this movie you wont even miss them. He embodies the character well and makes you believe that he is the Man of Steel.  One of those things that make it is Kevin Costner as Pa Kent.  The way they handle that whole dynamic is very good and you’ll see something you’d never think you’d see from that relationship.  It stuck with me for the rest of the movie.

The Krypton scenes were fantastic visually and I really enjoyed the world they built.  Michael Shannon delivers a believable Zod, and you sympathize with him.  He isn’t out to just be a bad guy bent on doing bad things.  He has a reason and the reason makes perfect sense.  What would you do in his position?

The fight scenes are fantastic as well.  There is plenty of action and showcasing of Superman’s powers for you to be satisfied at the end of the movie.

I absolutely loved the heat vision effects they used.  Every time he did it I felt like I was doing it myself. Awesome!

The final fight with Zod was pretty epic and unexpected.

They paced Clarks past pretty well.  I thought they were going to just tell a story from beginning to end and they surprised me in how they handled it.  I thought it was very well done.  Also I liked the way they named Superman… it worked and wasn’t cheesy at all.

I’ve read time and time again from people who saw the movie before I did that, this isn’t your fathers Superman. That is probably the best way to describe this.  He’s a completely new Superman and I for one welcome it.  This is a great starting point for future movies and there is of course room for improvement as well.

What many people will no doubt miss, is the fact that this is kind of like Batman Begins except its more like Clark Kent Begins. You see plenty of Superman through out the movie, and the future movies will no doubt focus more on how he must blend in as Clark Kent.  I’m excited to see the prospect of how exactly they do this.

The movie didn’t let me down, and was on par with more or less what I was expecting.  Of course no movie is perfect which brings me to.

 

The Bad

The movie suffered from some minor pacing problems.  There were a couple of parts where it dragged a bit, even in the action.  Definitely I would have liked to see a more in depth look at the relationship between Lois and Superman.  It worked don’t get me wrong, but I just thought a little more dialogue between the two of them might have helped it a bit.

There is quite a bit of destruction. I mean A LOT of destruction.  It begs the question of “Is this the Superman that cares if people get hurt or not?”  Because if so, smashing through building after building kinda kills people.  It’s cool to watch but if you’re one of those people that care about that kind of thing, then when the ending comes around you might ask why did Superman care so much for that particular situation?

I was excited for Hans Zimmers score for this movie.  When hearing his music in the trailer I was stoked and ready for a new Superman musical experience.  Sadly, I believe his music was underused in the film.  The almost iconic score he wrote, which was prominently laid out in Trailer 3, was not very present through out the movie.  It still served its purpose, but could have been used so much better.  It just ended up sounding like drums pounding through out the movie, to which there was much more than that in the score itself.

Apparently the following is a spoiler alert? (not really)

 

There isn’t an after credits scene..   dun dun duuuuuuuunnnn!   Sorry for the sarcasm.  Someone got very angry at me for revealing this bit of information and berated me about the rules and etiquette of spoilery.

 

 

The In Depth Stuff

As you watch this movie you get the overwhelming feeling of happiness for finally seeing a properly done Superman movie.  After seeing the snoozer Superman Returns (Sorry if you actually enjoyed that movie), you will have a great appreciation for what was done here.  You feel for Clark and you root for him from childhood up to the final scene.  There is a strong message here about loyalty, personal conscience, and what is right.  The question about what is right however is.. what is right when it comes to what you believe.  Zod easily could have been the hero in this story with Clark being the one wanting to stand in his way.  It all depends on the perspective, and the director chose the perspective of Clark.  However I’m not exactly sure what the message is at the end of the day.  Superman to me has always been about good and doing what is inherently right.  This Superman just kind of seemed to do what he thought was right and not what was right.  This isn’t to say I know what right and wrong is, but he doesn’t either. This will become clear to you by the end of the movie.

 

The Verdict

This turned out to be a very good effort on Snyder, Goyer, and Nolan’s part.  This is not an easy hero to work with and I thought they handled it very well.  Is it the perfect movie?  No, but there is plenty to be enjoyed here, and as I said much room for improvement.  I definitely see a darker story coming with the second movie simply by the ramifications of his presence on Earth.  Yes he defended them but does that mean everyone will like him?  Will they want to keep him around knowing he attracts such destruction to their home? Time will tell.  I’ll definitely be seeing it again, not only because I enjoyed it, but because I want to support it, and see many more in the future.

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  • super dude guy

    Sounds like you liked it. You lucky dog Diggedy! you got to see it early! Thanks for the review