Man of Steel [Film Review]

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human however he has extraordinary powers. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.

When Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. He is forced to reveal his identity as the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Superman is one of those comic book characters that I’ve never truly gotten into. Certainly never loved like I do with others. I mean, his kind of boring right? Basically unstoppable, so why should I care? Rocks are his weakness? That’s lame. I know, I know. You’ve heard those excuses before but they’re true!

It didn’t help that the only Superman film to come out during my interest in film was Superman Returns. Which kinda sucked big time. It had a good starting idea, Superman returning to earth. The world a different place to how he left it. However, the exacution was poor to say the least. Lets be honest, the film was garbage. So in classic Hollywood fashion, we get this reboot instead!man_of_steel_movie_poster_by_sumitsjc-d67w4t5Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and I think he did a pretty decent job. It’s not a perfect Superman movie, but it’s a lot better than previous efforts. I liked how the film was paced, the flashbacks to his childhood/teen years while watching his discoveries about his past in the present. It worked well. The first half of the movie is definitely the best part. However, then it falls into pure destruction and carnage for the finale act. In truth there is too much destruction, so many people would be dead it’s unfathomable. How in the world are they going to have rebuilt Metropolis in time for Batman V Superman?

Henry Cavill, well he’s certainly got the looks to be superman. He’s also got the charm and the presence. I was pleased by his performance. Personally I think he was at his best while playing Clark Kent in the earlier stages of the movie. We do annoyingly get the return of the stupid glasses as his only disguise, I suppose we had too though.

I also enjoyed Russell Crow as Jor-El and Michael Shannon is great as General Zod. You can see his anger, frustration and passion in everything he does. Even if some of his decisions don’t make any sense. Kevin Costner as Jonathan Lent was also really good. Amy Adams is okay in the role of Lois Lane, I’m still not 100% sure on her but I can’t think of anything that she actually did wrong in the movie. So it might just be me being picky, but I just feel like it’s not quite right.

Hans Zimmer delivers yet another fantastic musical score. He’s so talented. I’m happy they moved away from the old theme. I know this decision upset a few people but it’s kind of cheesy and wouldn’t really work for the modern day gritty superhero flick.

This film got mixed reviews when it came out, but I liked it. No Man of Steel isn’t a perfect Superman movie, it’s blockbuster action finale undoes a lot of the good work Snyder tried to create in the first half of the movie. However, it’s a fun watch and should definitely be seen if you’re intending to see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice later this month.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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