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on 23 July 2015
Christopher Reeve was beautiful in his role in Superman, but was badly let down by the 70's technology, especially the flying scenes which DID look like he was stationary in front of a playing screen (which he was, except the helicopter scene, the burglar, and other scenes of him taking off and landing by crane-line, and the impressive office flyby impressing the wowing girls), and the daft scene where Superman turns back time only to stop AFTER the second nuclear bomb has exploded. If the original Reeve films had this technology of film-making that we have now, imagine how much better that Superman would have been. How does this film Man Of Steel compare with the original?
WOW! I love the bits when this Superman by Henry Cavill TAKES OFF! All this awesome POWER that Superman should have. He would kneel down, fists on the ground, wait a moment—BOOOOMPHHHH! The flying is far more realistic along with the eye-fire; one thing that caught my eye was the sonic booms and the triangular sonic clouds, only observed when jets fly really fast. You see the awesome strength manifest in his impressive physique, strong abs bulging out (that all or most men desire to have haha).
Here we see Krypton as a far more advanced civilization, using incredible technology, made by metals not even found in the Periodic Table, not the bunch of blind dimwits found in the Reeve version except Brando's Jor-El; “Be reasonable, Jor-El” says one whilst the planet is rocking with tremors, such dumb idiots, not the advanced race they are supposed to be. I was surprised that there is no Lex Luthor nor even any Kryptonite in this version, but does have a far more wicked General Zod, a totally ruthless Faora (who is best described as an unloving bitch, like my ex-manager but far more deadly haha), but no Non. Instead of the red giant turning supernova and blowing up Krypton in the original film, this story tells of the Kryptonians' greed in harvesting Krypton's core for its metals to near-depletion, causing the planet to collapse apart.
This story clarifies Jor-El's role as the chief scientist and Zod the military chief of Krypton respectively. But Jor-El saw Zod's greed and desire to become world leader of Krypton over the Senate, who with the aid of the Codex would ensure his family line of tyrants remaining to live on other Kryptonian planets long extinct, whilst everyone else dies. So Jor-El steals the Codex, implanting this in his son's body in spirit form and sent Kal-El to Earth to preserve his Kryptonian line and thwart Zod's wicked plan.
Unfortunately, years later, when Kal-El somehow discovered from reports that an alien craft (Kryptonian) has been found embedded in ice on Earth, he accidentally sent an emergency distress call beacon to Zod when activating the ship's power core, bringing Zod and his men to Earth becoming a powerful fight between Zod and Superman to the death. Even then, Zod manifests his wickedness by starting to destroy all of mankind and repopulate Earth as the New Krypton, but one problem: Kal-El has the Codex containing Krypton's DNA. Kal-El is torn between saving Earth from extinction or continuing the Kryptonian people but through Zod's wicked family. Really emotive stuff, quite powerful action. Amy Adams' character is far more beautiful than Margot Kidder's, easy on the eye, and more healthy too. Kal-El reveals to Lois that the ‘S’ emblem on the pentagram is Kryptonian for “hope”.
Sometimes I wonder if Superman's cape is too long (knee-length on Reeve, here ground-length); the Man of Steel darker suit may be a bit of an acquired taste compared with the beautiful bright red, blue and yellow of Reeve's Superman. In the end, when Superman reassures the U.S. general that he is no threat to mankind nor America having grown up in Kansas, Superman takes off in wonderful style. The general looks around back to the car, and sees his female officer grinning blushfully: “What are you smilling at?!” he says; her reply: “I think he is kinda hot!” hee-hee.