Man Of Steel (Superman) Review

21 Jun

Today I finally got around to seeing the new Superman movie Man of Steel with my friend “The Mechanic” (nicknamed upon request). I’m probably pretty late on the bandwagon but better late than never. No serious spoilers will be mentioned!

The movie began with some amazing special effects, including but not limited to Russell Crowe (Jor-El) riding a 4-winged dragon over the doomed planet of Krypton. Unfortunately after the incredible entrance the film dissolved into pointless exchanges of strength and power between Superman and his armored opponents. I got a bit bored, to be honest.

The key to a good action movie is to balance out the action sequences with substance and character arcs and all that jazz. This movie utterly failed in that respect. When the final action scene came, I really only cared about Jor-El (and he wasn’t even there) and Clark Kent’s dog. The romance was just bad, although Amy Adams was pretty good as Lois Lane.  As far as Lois goes, she played more of a role in this than in the earlier Superman movies, which is definitely a plus in my opinion.

The villains of the piece were General Zod and a couple of his trusted minions. His major issue on Earth was adjusting to the atmospheric composition, but once he figured that out, he was basically invincible. He and Superman fought for far too long, achieving little apart from the complete destruction of New York. As far as intimidating villains go, his motivations were fairly straightforward and the fact that he was slightly more powerful than Superman was negated by his terrible choice of hair style.

The one thing that could have saved this movie was humor, and it had little to none. Why so serious, Superman? Crack a joke. Lighten up. Henry Cavill was clearly born to play Superman, but he spent most of his time staring grimly at things and flying at exhilarating speeds, which was admittedly pretty cool. I missed the clumsy Clark Kent of past movies.

To tell the story of Clark’s upbringing, several flashbacks were inserted into the movie. A few reviews I read disliked the use of flashbacks because they broke up the plot, but I thought they added significance to Superman’s mission to save the world. They explained how, despite facing childhood bullies and losing his father, Clark still cared about the people of Earth. This deep-rooted morality shone through his complete lack of humor.

Despite some major flaws, this isn’t a bad movie by any means; if you like incredible special effects and intense action sequences. you might enjoy it more than I did. I’d give it a 2.5/5 because it was an ambitious and exciting movie that I wouldn’t mind watching again, but it certainly didn’t live up to my expectations.


5 Responses to “Man Of Steel (Superman) Review”

  1. CMrok93 June 22, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Can’t say I’m really happy the way the movie turned out, but at least I was pleased. Good review Olivia.

    • Olivia June 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Thank you! I agree, it could’ve been better:\


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