The ‘Man of Steel’…how do I begin? Well, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Superman, not like I am with other super heroes. He just seems to be able to do what ever the hell he wants. How would anything be a challenge for him on Earth? He has practically every ability anyone could ever want to use to fight crime. I know about Kryptonite and blah blah blah, but beside that, why does he have challenges with people like Lex Luthor? Anyway, before too much nerd rage gets blown up in the comments section (bring it on) let’s move on to the ‘Man of Steel’ review.
Even though I was never a Superman fan, I anxiously awaited ‘Man of Steel’. Zack Snyder is an extremely talented director, and always puts on a good show with angles, zooms, contrast, all that fun stuff. So ‘Man of Steel’ would be the same, right? Of course! It’s Zack f#$kin Snyder. The way the story is shot is magnificent. During an action scene when something flies, there’s an excellent use of zooms and focusing that I’ve loved since I first noticed it in ‘Firefly’ way back when. Action scenes aren’t the usual slam cut after slam cut that barely let any shots develop. Individual shots in fight scenes actually show a lot more action than expected, which is awesome.
One of the aspects of ‘Man of Steel’ that I thoroughly enjoyed was the struggle for Clark Kent to find out where he fit in this world, and the reason for his super abilities. The beginning portion of the movie tears apart Clark’s life as he travels the world for answers to out why he’s different. With the help of some flashbacks, viewers are shown even further into the Man of Steel’s past, with scenes of Clark growing up with his powers. During the background portion of the movie there are a couple of drama filled scenes that may bring a tear to some moviegoers’ eyes. And on the opposite spectrum, some Henry Cavill shirtless scenes that will have most lady moviegoers experiencing moisture in some other places.
The acting overall was great. I truly believed that Henry Cavill stood for all that was good, while Michael Shannon was a gung ho military General that would stop at nothing to complete his mission, no matter what got in his way. Amy Adams, talented as always. And Lawrence Fishburne plays Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet, Perry White. I totally didn’t research the flick beforehand, and all I could think was “freakin, Morpheus out of left field”, he was quite a surprise. Overall, a great cast.
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On to the stuffs that weren’t so great about Man of Steel. There seemed to be a lot of wtf moments. Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but there are times, if you’re paying close attention, when you may ask yourself, why is that person there, how/why did that happen, or wouldn’t they totally be dead? Some stuff just doesn’t seem to make sense, but it’s crucial for the plot to move along. Kind of annoying if you’re one of those people who tears apart details of movies.
Pre-apology, but there’s one thing I do have to give away, it’s nothing serious and you’ve most likely heard of it before reading this, but it bugged me so much I just have to say something about it… There’s a TON of damage. Like a lot. Think of all the coverage you’ve ever seen on tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes… combine it… then triple it. Sh*t gets destroyed as f%#k. At the VERY least hundreds of thousands of people die, and there’s damage that, in my opinion, cannot be repaired. This all goes without any acknowledgement. Seems a bit silly if you really think about it, but you know what, it was one hell of an action scene.
If you like superheroes even remotely, Man of Steel is an enjoyable movie. It doesn’t shun the non-Superman fans like myself, who really don’t know a whole lot about the background of the character. It’s easy to follow, and the action scenes are incredibly gripping. Overall for a movie, it’s relatively good, a little too many questions for me at the end, but the entertainment value of the actions scenes seemed to counter balance a lot of that. It’s definitely a must see for any geek, I mean c’mon, it’s frakin’ Superman.
Random Superman related thought, in the old famous Superman line “Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Why were the first two people so excited to see a bird or plane?
TheGeekHq Rating 7.5/10
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 143 min.