Title: Man of Steel (Official Site)
Tag Line: NA
Release Date: 14 Jun 2013
Runtime: 143 min
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Series or Standalone: Series (most likely)
Where Seen: Theatre
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Writer(s): David S. Goyer (screenwriter & story), Christopher Nolan (story)
Stars: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Kal-El), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Lately it seems as though Hollywood doesn’t have many original ideas. If its not adapting the latest NYTimes Bestseller then its most likely remaking/rebooting previous successful movies of the past. The latest of which is Superman found in the form of Man of Steel. This is a movie that I had mixed feeling about because while I like the original Superman franchise I wasn’t head over heels in love with it. This new adaptation also hinted at a darker side to this famous hero and this seemed like a break from the mythology.
What brought me to the theatre was who Henry Cavill played Clark Kent/Kal-El and he is just deliciousness personified. Its probably a very shallow thing to say that but I have no regrets. He did a great job in the role but the material was just a bit different than I expected. Superman was initially more passive, wanting to help but being told not to by his surrogate father. Clark Kent never seemed to decide on his own to do things. He listened to his surrogate father, then he wandered the US randomly until stumbling across an old Krypton spaceship. Where low and behold his bio-dad’s interactive hologram was stored and then Clark listed to what Jor-El said he should do.
It also didn’t seem all that hard for a certain nosy reporter, Lois Lane, to figure out who the mysterious hero of the US was. And it didn’t sit well with me that she knows his identity from the start. It was just always such campy fun to have her be friends with Clark and hunting after his alter-ego. So this adds a whole new twist to the story and I’ll be curious to see where it goes. And while Amy Adams’s voice does still annoy me at times she did a good job as the bright, spunky, intrepid reporter.
The overall story line of Man of Steel was a bit convoluted. There was just so much info going over Clark’s whole backstory and then the battle with General Zod that it weighed down the pace of the film. All this added information made this movie seem far longer than its 2.5 hours. It also got a bit tiresome for this viewer to have the narrative switch back and forth from Clark’s present to his past.
What made this movie for me where the scenes on Krypton which were a bit breathtaking and I really enjoyed learning more of that world. And the fight scenes at the end between General Zod and Superman. They were just so totally over the top which is what you would expect from a summer blockbuster such as this. The effects were good and while the whole plot was a bit much it wasn’t so over the top out there that you are taken out of the story. It just takes a bit getting used to a darker sort of Superman and it will be interesting to see where Nolan and Goyet take this franchise in follow up films.
My recommendation: Worth seeing in theatres for the fight scenes, but more of a matinee than a Friday night date.