Release Date: June 14, 2013
Watched: June 14, 2013
Review: June 17, 2013
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams
The Filmster Rating:
Man of Steel delivers on its story and action to make it one of the best superhero movies ever. Snyder, Goyer and Nolan gives Superman a movie that it deserved for a long time.
While the world of Krypton is on the brink of destruction, Jor-El(Russell Crowe) a scientist tries to advice the counsel on how they can save their race. Their meeting is soon interrupted by General Zod(Michael Shannon) who planned a coup d’etat against the counsel. After a battle breaks out Jor-El manages to steal the Krypton codex and instill it into his new-born son Cal-El. Jor-El soon after sends his son off in a spacecraft that is headed to Earth. General Zod kills Jor-El but is finally stopped and sentenced to exile in the phantom zone. Without Jor-El’s guidance Krypton is destroyed with all its inhabitants.
Cal-El known on Earth as Clark Kent(Henry Cavill) was found and raised by Martha and Jonathan Kent. While growing up Clark is struggling with his powers from his Kryptonian bloodline. After, the death of his adopted father Jonathan, Clark goes on a journey to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. Clark learns about Krypton history and his powers when he discovers a Kryptonian ship in the Artics. General Zod and the Kryptonians he was exiled with are the only remaining Kryptonians alive and they head to Earth to search for Clark. Zod makes a demand to Earth, if they don’t hand over Clark, than Earth will be destroyed. But Zod has a hidden agenda to turn Earth to a new Krypton by killing millions of humans, so Clark now Superman must stop Zod and his people.
Man of Steel provides one of the best origin story to a superhero since Batman Begins. The biggest complaint that most people have about Man of Steel, is that it is too serious. I absolutely agree with it but they did everything absolutely great in the film that I am willing to sweep it under the rug. Plus an argument that I would make is, that the film takes place in a part of Clark’s life where he is struggling with a lot of issues. The look and color palette of the film keeps the movie grounded and realistic. The first 30 mins of the film with Jor-El and Krypton was absolutely astonishing. Not only do we see how Krypton is like but we also see Russell Crowe in action as Jor-El and he owned that role.
A lot of Superman’s mythology that was added or changed made Superman’s story so much better. Some of it added some logic to Superman’s story to give it the realism that Nolan is trying to do with the DC universe. A begin complaint about Superman Returns was the lack of action, but in the Man of Steel Snyder doesn’t hold anything back. The action was big and it was great to watch Superman in action. The flight scene with Superman was dazzling as you watch him blast off in supersonic speed as he breaks the sound barrier.
Henry Cavill makes for the perfect Superman inside and outside the suit. He good looks and physique made for a great Superman but he also hit all the emotional moments that just takes Superman to a whole other level. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was good but she seemed to lack the certain “sassiness” that Lois possess. Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner as both of Clark’s fathers did a fantastic job. Crowe delivers in action and Costner delivers in every emotional moment. Michael Shannon was imposing as General Zod. Man of Steel is a near perfect origin story for Superman that sets up perfectly for its following sequels.
Man of Steel is one of the best superhero movies that is getting some unfair critiques. I guess it shows that people like a funny poorly written story like Iron Man 3 but overtime people will realize how super Man of Steel is.
“As long as you go into the movie theater knowing this was more of a comic book/Saturday morning cartoon type of film, that was small on drama; it will entertain you.” – MovieJoltz
“Overall, though Man of Steel tries to go for too much it is on par with The Avengers. It is a successful retelling of a story we are all familiar with set in a world we can believe exists.” – Victor’s Movie Reviews
“While it won’t become a classic like Richard Donner’s version has, Man of Steel may turn out to be an admirable start to a potentially fantastic series of Superman films.” – Cinema Train
“This is an overall good action movie, but one must remember that this is an origins story and will definitely have at least one sequel.” – Let There Be Movies
“A reboot was well and truly needed for this franchise with the awful Superman Returns attempt a few years ago and this totally blows that away” - Let’s Go To The Movies
“Snyder’s fantastic instincts for action and spectacle are abundantly clear, but a complete lack of humor coupled with a surprisingly weak script makes it hard not to feel a little bit disappointed by Man of Steel.” – Rorschach Reviews
“Despite the flaws I’ve pointed out, there are still a LOT to love in this film. So yeah, I still LOVE Superman and Man of Steel certainly did not dampen my love for the character.” – FlixChatter
“Man of Steel has a Zack Snyder look and feel with a Goyer/Nolan story, and if that is something that appeals to you then Man of Steel is your film.” – Tim’s Film Reviews
“the film looks remarkable and the actors impress, but the stories plot is too heavy and the characters are as black and white as a 1950′s George Reeves episode” - Filmhipster
“Though it definitely starts off great, with just enough attention to exposition, character, story, and heart, Man of Steel eventually takes a detour into the loud, action-y, stupid, and brainless exercise that we’re used to getting with superhero movies” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews
“With all of that said, “Man of Steel” is an epic, dramatic superhero film with great special effects, powerful action scenes, and a new iteration of one of the greatest superheroes of all time.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews