"Man of Steel" Movie Review
It is possible for anyone to get Superman right?
Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Sucker-Punch) and produced by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight). It stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner and Henry Cavill as Supes himself. In this version of the Superman story, a young journalist is forced to confront his secret alien heritage when earth is invaded by members of his race.
I’m going to be completely honest here. I am not a Superman fan. As a child I was never fully able to get into the comics and I especially never got into the movies. I always felt rather distant from the character of Clark Kent. He never felt relatable to me and therefore I was disconnected from the story. On top of that, they were always too campy and hokey from my taste. Yes, I know, I know, even Star Wars has it’s fair share of campy-ness. But for whatever reason, the Superman franchise never worked for me.
Enter Man of Steel. Arguable the most anticipated movie of the summer. It’s an update on the classic comic book story, very much in the vein of Batman Begins. It is being produced by Nolan after all, and is an extremely realistic, gritty take on an otherwise not so realistic character; and even though I’m not a Superman fan, I was still very excited about Man of Steel. It seemed like they might have finally made the Superman film I’ve always wanted to see.
Walking out of this movie, I had the same feeling that I had when walking out of Batman Begins roughly eight years ago. I had just been taken on an emotional thrill ride that worked from beginning to end.
Snyder did something quite magical here, he made Superman (seemingly) human. Someone whom the audience could connect with and fear for when needed to be feared for.
Henry Cavill does a fantastic job fully embodying the character of Superman. He is charismatic yet emotional vulnerable and we really feel for him at times.
The whole cast is really great here, particularity Kevin Costner and Amy Adams. Costner as Pa Kent was a fantastic casting choice and he really knocked it out of the park here. Amy Adams is really cute and happily enough is given way more to do than just be the damsel in the distress like she was in the other films. The only weak spot I really found was possibly Michael Shannon. While great, I sorta felt he was slightly underwhelming as General Zod.
Really though, Zack Snyder’s direction is what made Man of Steel take flight (pun intended). I’m not usually a fan of his ultra-stylized violence and overuse of slow motion. But here, he’s really kept it to the bare minimum and it really works. He nails the tiny emotional moments as well as the gigantic action sequences.
Speaking of action sequences, ho ho ho. If you were underwhelmed by the amount of action in last year’s Dark Knight Rises. There’s no need to fret. The last 40 minutes of this is pure nonstop action and wow, it is a helluva lot of fun.
I honesty think the weakest point of the movie is the screenplay. It was still pretty decent, but there wasn’t anything in it that really hit me as fantastic. It was the way the film was directed that blew me away more than anything.
So, I went into Man of Steel with high expectations and it completely blew them away. It has a talented cast, a decent script and fantastic direction. It was the Superman movie I’ve wanted to see ever since I was a wee lad. It made me laugh, cry and cheer. What more can you ask for in a summer blockbuster?