I waited for ‘Man of Steel‘ for sooo long. They released information about the movie back in 2010 and it wasn’t until this year the movie came out. The older series was dying.
Let me correct myself already. Have you seen Superman 4. He’s a handy review.
Superman 3 and 4 were terrible. Go to a dictionary and look up the word terrible. You will see a picture of Superman 4 in the margins. (Overused metaphor?) Superman 5 wasn’t terrible though. I know that is a controversial statement but I liked it. The plot holes were obscene but so is Superman. Although it wasn’t meant to be a wrap up of the series it closed the series very well. The movie was very quiet and nostalgic. It was nice to see some of the updated graphics and superman. The bullet to the eye was a nice parlor trick.
Moving on, Superman 5 didn’t do well. The critics didn’t give it high reviews but it wasn’t universally hated. Superman should have made more money though so another movie wasn’t green lighted. The hub bub of the Dark Knight and how well it did in the box office sparked some new life in the genre.
A movie was ordered. Our good friend Zack Snyder was chosen to direct the movie and the prodigal writer Christopher Nolan also had a hand in the writing of the new movie. Thus we have ‘Man of Steel’
I’ve been a fan of Superman for years so it was nice to see a new start to the series.
Overall I was pretty underwhelmed by the movie. It’s a good movie but with all of the hype the movie got it wasn’t worth the wait. I liked the action, see below, but the story was a little thin. I spent the extra cash to see the movie in IMAX so I felt a little let down. Let me dig into this for you.
Clark spends a lot of time wandering the planet because he’s looking for his path in life. The movie creators spend some time showing us how Clark has been damaged because of the lack of this father in his life. The movie flashes back quite a few times to show us Clarks’s childhood on Earth. Papa Kent spent almost Clark’s entire childhood insisting and teaching his son to hide himself no matter what. It defined Clark and sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Clark is damaged goods. But with his superior skills and strength he is destined to be great.
There is a scene where Zac spends time explaining to us how Clark’s foster father dies during a tornado. It shows the thinness of the film but also the holes in the movie. I saw his death as a very non emotional time that didn’t make any sense. Your son that can literally lift a continent into space is 10 feet away and Papa Kent tells him not to save him. What? What? Why? Clark couldn’t slip away and save the day at a million miles per hour? Biggest downside to this movie for me.
This movie isn’t terrible so let me get into the good parts.
The action in this movie is amazing. I really enjoyed this aspect of the movie. From what I hear the estimated damage done in the action scenes of this movie was more than the ‘Avengers‘ had. For example the the fighting between Kal-El and the other Kryptonians was very well done in particular. It looked like two Gods were fighting against each other. Punching each others while flying, literally, through buildings. The city was destroyed because of their actions, not slightly damaged like in previous Superman movies. It was really spectacular. The final fight where Clarks ends negotiations with Zod is well done.
Some people have actually complained that there were too many action scenes in the movie. I agree on this complaint. They should have spent a little more time between the Lois and Clark. Why does Clark insist on talking to her while he’s held captive by the government? I have no idea.
Let’s sum this up. 84 out of 100.
For Attebiz Movie Reviews this is Nathan.