Movie Title: Man of Steel
Date Released: June 14th, 2013
Date Seen: June 14th, 2013
Seen with: Dad and Marcela
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I had high hopes that we’d finally get a good Superman movie, after so long without one… but we shall keep on waiting. This movie starts out good, but then fizzles in an inconsistent, not well thought out, nor thoroughly developed plot. The problem was the writing and the plot. It was clear that the movie had a couple of writers, as some scenes just didn’t feel like they fit with the movie, and also in the sense that some plot points seemed like they were presented but then never correctly developed. One example is how the movie chooses to explain why Superman is “super”. It has to do with the differences of the Earth’s sun, gravitational field, and atmosphere. They make a HUGE deal about the atmosphere in a couple of scenes – and how they effect the Kryptonians on Earth or humans in a Kryptonian atmosphere. But then, you see a couple of Kryptonians fight for a while in open space – with no breathing helmets on – ok… I feel like that would affect them too. There are a lot of little silly things like this that just take you out of the movie, making the experience not as good. The plot gets annoying from this inconsistent “hey, in this scene XX is very important.” *10 seconds later* “in this scene, XX doesn’t matter at all so ignore it”.
I’ve seen people say the first hour was “boring” or drawn out, but I enjoyed the first hour more than any other part of the movie – because I wasn’t annoyed yet, and it was the most consistent. There weren’t these plot details/holes/whatevers to distract you yet, you had some good action, and the only real emotional moments came in this first segment. I could have watched a whole movie on the destruction of Krypton and the events going on there and been much more satisfied than this movie. Russell Crowe was awesome as Jor-El, and watching him in the scenes with Michael Shannon as General Zod were great. I love watching two men with face moles fight each other (no really, it was a good little battle). The Kansas scenes then cut back and forth with Clark Kent NOW (at age 33) and events from his childhood that shaped him to what he is today. I found those the best scenes. After the arrival of Zod on Earth, is when I thought it went downhill. But, back to acting, Henry Cavill as Clark did a good job, and I loved Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The Kents were played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, and both were great.
The graphics were alright. I thought they were very good in the pretty much 100% CGI scenes on Krypton, but then the scenes later in the movie I thought looked kind of cheesy at times. There’s a part where Clark has just discovered he can fly and is flying around, testing it out, and it is so obviously a green screen a couple of times (close ups) and so obviously CGI the rest of it, that it is almost laughable. In-line with the graphics, the movie also failed at establishing the “universe”. Yes, we know Metropolis is supposed to be a fictional place, similar to Batman’s Gotham City. We also do know that Metropolis is in the United States and Clark grew up in Kansas. That’s fine – what I’m not fine with is the fact that even in Kansas you never felt like this was a slightly different world – mostly because of the obnoxious product placement pulling you out of the movie. It is SO blatant during a couple of fight scenes, and during a couple of dialogue scenes that it’s gross. One fight takes place perfectly in front of a 7 11 sign. Another, perfectly angled to see the SEARS sign above head. Don’t even get me started on the dang IHOP. In Metropolis, we only had one nice little “easter egg” if you want to call it that, of a LEXCORP truck in the background.
I’d say save this for a Netflix watch, as it’s just not a well thought out movie that will have you cringing at scenes and being bored and wanting it to end.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
I want to say the scene that involves the death of Clark’s father, Jonathon Kent, rivaled the death of Uncle Ben (in Sam Raimi’s version of Spiderman) on the level of sadness. It was pretty upsetting. He’s a character that you have little time to get to know, but he’s such a great guy that his death scene is just sad as can be. But also – and more pressing – YOU NEVER GO TO UNDER AN OVERPASS DURING A TORNADO! Being from Kansas, they all should have known better. You idiots. But of course, the one guy who DOESN’T go to the overpass is the one who dies…. *sigh*. I feel like the whole theater (remember, we live in Oklahoma) shuddered at that horrible advice. The pressure can build up and create an even stronger suction, or it can just shove debris under the bridge and slam it into you repeatedly because it has no way out. So no, do NOT go under the overpass.
As I mentioned above, the whole atmosphere thing annoyed the crap out of me. I like the idea that since Clark grew up in Earth’s different atmosphere, while still being of the Kryptonian race, it caused him to be “super”. What I hated was how the SECOND that General Zod took off his helmet in Earth’s atmosphere, he developed these powers. That was dumb. Why didn’t then when Jor-El’s “ghost” thing started messing with the atmosphere on the main ship, everyone instantly get the powers? Hm? Oh because they weren’t in the sun too? Maybe. I wouldn’t know that because it was never explained. The stupidest power was Superman’s heat vision. Yes, he has that in the comics, but this looked like they essentially just took Cyclops from X-Men and put him in the superman cape. It was EXACTLY that type of “heat”. He used it in conjunction with his X-ray vision at one point to cauterize some “internal bleeding” that Lois had…. don’t think that would work, but ok….
Underdeveloped plot, great actors, bad CGI, so just full of inconsistencies that make this movie not great. I like the darker turn superhero movies have taken in recent years, but this one just didn’t come through well enough.