Man of Steel- Movie Review

Roochster

man-of-steel-posterLook! It’s a bird… It’s a plane…No its Superman! We’ve heard, read and watched so many stories about him. He’s truly a man of steel and has left us all in awe of him. I’ve always loved Superman, much more than Batman or any other superhero. So when I first saw the trailer of this Christopher Nolan produced ‘Man of Steel’ I was really looking forward to watching it. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. Read why.

The 2013 version of Superman, titled ‘Man of Steel’ is mainly about his origin and discovering himself and his past. Clark Kent has lived in a small town called Kansas all his life with his parents. He’s always known he’s special and has powers that noone else has. When he grows up his intrigue leads him to his true origin. He finds out that the planet he came from- Krypton was destroyed and his parents had sent him to Earth to save him from Zod, a man who will destroy everything including Earth to save his race.

I don’t know why but director Zack Snyder in trying to make the film rich in graphics and fresh in look has forgotten to bring out the soul of Superman and all that he does for people. The graphics are very good; no doubt about that but what lacks is depth in the story. It all seems too mechanical with so much action. I don’t understand the big fuss about Imax 3d either because even in 3d it was nothing great. I would have been ok with watching it in normal 2d because the cinematography is beautiful.

Henry Cavill as Superman might look the part and even be good at this craft but somehow seeing him in the Superman costume doesn’t do much. You wont be awestruck or excited to see him on screen. I preferred his bearded, simple guy look in the movie.  That’s not his fault though. I preferred watching Michael Shannon as Zod who played the bad guy very well. Amy Adams as Lois Lane is ok. Her chemistry with Henry Cavill is almost non-existent. Russel Crowe as Jor-El definitely stands out. He’s got an important role and has the confidence to carry it out well.

This is not the kind of superhero film that’s fun to watch. It lacks the light moments, the romance and the fact that Superman has a soul, forget the red chaddi! I wish there was atleast good background score everytime Superman was on screen. Oh sorry, ‘Man of Steel’.

Rating– 2.5/5

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2 Responses to “Man of Steel- Movie Review”

  • Alysace Says:

    Have you read any of the comic books & graphic novels based on the Man of Steel concept? If not, then you really shouldn’t be reviewing this film.

    Zack Snyder specified that this movie is a reboot, the story is a new look. If you haven’t noticed then you should know that some of the most glaring mistakes in the past have been corrected to give us a more solid reason for a Superman in the first place.
    The soundtrack is iconic, hitting charts at number 10 and racing above, Hans Zimmer truly brought out the rebirth of a god.
    Henry Cavill’s take on Superman isn’t to continue the mantle of Reeve, Brandon Routh in ‘Superman Returns’ tried to do that and failed miserably, because it isn’t the same time period anymore. Henry Cavill fit the grit and pain and raw power that this new vision has created.
    This movie was made from the perspective of an outcast trying to find his place in society, the older films were about a hero who saved people with no real cause or reason in mind – properly speaking this isn’t relatable. With this movie, we come to know that Superman was given a chance to have his own people, but he gave it up, he chose earth, he chose his new home. His anguish at the end is about knowing that he had a chance and he chose to deny himself that.
    Look at the movie from a new perspective, don’t let the old ones cloud your view.
    And if you can’t see the soul of this movie – just goes to show that Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) was right, Human’s are not ready for someone like him, they’re too selfish to look at things from a different perspective, to accept the unknown & to build anew.

    I’m not sorry if any of this offends you, I’m just showing you how your perspective offends a genre you don’t understand and have no right to judge. As an additive, I really think that unless you really understand this genre, one mustn’t race to speak of things one doesn’t know.

  • Roochster Says:

    Dear Alysace,
    I completely understand your perspective and what the film aims at achieving but there are many movies that we see without having read the books/comics. As a cinema goer, I want entertainment. For me and many others we appreciate the good things about the movie like the action and graphics but we’ve seen a number of superhero movies that do much more. For instance, the Batman movies- The Dark Knight, etc. These have been more fun to watch and do raise the bar for superhero movies. Man of Steel could have done that but didn’t make that connect that much.
    You may be a DC Comics loyalist or someone who likes movies with a less emotional connect and I respect that. But I don’t share that and I think we should leave it at that. 🙂

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