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Man of Steel
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
|Studio :||Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., DC Entertainment,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Michael Shannon Russell Crowe Kevin Costner Julian Richings Diane Lane|
|Genre :||Adventure Fantasy Action Science Fiction|
Wonderful character development!
Tells a fascinating and unsettling true story, and does so well, without pretending to have all the answers.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
Best Superman movie to date! Say what you will about the original and yes, Christopher Reeve was great! Giving credit where credit is due. Man of Steel is simply the best! Yes, it's fiction but this take on the story and the explanation of how the krptonians absorbed the yellow suns radiation takes it to a more scientific level. The actors are far better than we've ever seen before and the fact that they actually picked an actor that is in shape brings it all home. What makes me disappointed in this reboot is the fact that they felt it necessary to compete with Marvel and introduce, Batman vs. Superman and now the justice league. What a joke! Drives me crazy!! Superman would absolutely crush Batman! All he has to do is fly hundreds of feet above him and either blast him with his heat vision, freeze him with his artic breath, or just drop a freaking building on him. That's not even mentioning the worst portrayal of Lex Luther ever! They took what could've been an amazing new reboot for Superman and turned it into a multimillion dollar soap opera. So sad! Five years after Man of Steel and they only produced two flops with Superman. At least Wonder women was a success! Don't have much hope with the direction they're taking this DC franchise. Give us a story DC and hire a freaking director that can bring it home. Batman has his new saga, why couldn't Superman have his??
Along with Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe is undeniably awesome to watch as Jor-El, Superman's actual father. The rest of the cast all look very pretty in their scenes, but their purposes are only very slight, and add a little characterization to this other-wordly feeling movie (I'll elaborate more when I get to the director). But in all honesty, the likes of Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne don't add any big acting chops for this film. Michael Shannon proves a worthy foe as General Zod. And on that note, I must make a slight aside. I was quite impressed to come into this film and not hear any mention of kryptonite or Lex Luthor (yes, there's an Easter egg, but hush up). One of my biggest flaws with Superman is that literally his only weakness is kryptonite; thus, the story lines get dragged on too much. General Zod is a great change of pace, even if he is similar to Iron Man or Hulk villains in the sense that the villain features very similar powers to the superhero (one huge upside to the Batman universe).Then we have the man of the hour. Probably the biggest praise I can give this film is Henry Cavill. To me he represents the perfect Superman: the hair, facial structure, body physique (ladies, be ready for an absolute beast of a body), deep voice, and ever so slight mannerisms mainly seen in a comforting grin. He truly is the Man of Steel.If I'm being honest here, I have to give it up to Zack Snyder. He takes this CGI-filled movie, and he allows his decisions to dictate what you see. The opening sequence on Krypton is a little much for me, granted, but there's a lot of really power-packed shots like the sun glowing between the fingers of Superman. Furthermore, such sequences such as Superman testing his limits on flight show just how great a reboot is supposed to look.Zack Snyder isn't perfect though. There were one too many shots of a broad landscape only to zoom in on a speeding, flying object. His message of stepping back and looking at this from a perspective of a human suddenly finding signs of aliens works well, but it was used just too much. The action sequences look great, but I do wonder if Batman vs Superman will address the amount of damage caused to Metropolis. Like, that economy is down the hole. And take it whatever way you want, but the final fight reminded me so much of The Matrix Revolutions.The final issue I take with the film is in its essence. At the core I feel like Superman doesn't fit into a darker world that Batman embodies and embraces. I understand the reboot and the direction the producers wanted to take it, but there's a part of me missing John William's "Superman Theme." Sorry, Hans Zimmer, there's just a few composers even you can't beat. There's plenty of merits on the film from the director, main actor, and top-notch special effects, but the separation of this reboot from previous Superman movies mirrors Batman's reboot to a fault. You can find this reviews and dozens of others at gillipediamoviereviews.blogspot.com
I've never been a big Superman fan. Growing up I gravitated more to Batman and Spider-Man, but this film was entertaining and the best recent DC film, just behind Wonder Woman. It is too bad, because this DC Universe has so much potential. Henry Cavill was cast perfectly for this role and I really can't see any other actor in this day and age playing the titular role. Forget what follows it and just watch this as a stand-alone film and you'll appreciate it much more.
There are divided opinions on this film and I personally feel divided also. The film is a reboot, and I didn't really grow up with Superman I grew up with Batman and Spider-Man, so I'm not really the biggest Man of Steel aficionado. I do know this film feels very different in tone from the classic Superman film of the 1970s, which isn't that big of a deal, but this is Superman not The Dark Knight or The Punisher. Superman should be kinda fun and Boy Scout like, the film does do good with its serious tone, I love the second act where we see a lot of how Clark deals with his life constantly on the run and when he finally sees his Fortress of Sollitude it's very intriguing. The beginning and end of the film however feel very over-stuffed with action and visual effects, they're good effects just overwhelming. Superman punching Zod takes out the whole city and The destruction of Krypton is very drawn out. I'm not the biggest Zack Snyder fan so it was already wearing itself thin. Cavill gives a great performance as Clark Kent/Superman Bit he feels like he's being held back, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Michael Shannon also give good performances that are either given to little emphasis (Costner) or too much. (Shannon and Adams) I'm not a big Russel Crowe fan so I couldn't really get into him as Superman's father. All in all the action is good but overstuffed, the characters are well crafted but are depressing in tone, the acting is great but they focus on the wrong characters to often. So yeah this film really is a 50/50 for me.