12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Before I start my review I would just like say this steelbook looks brilliant, and for a steelbook collector this would look great in your collection. Now for the film, this film is just awesome, I can not believe how good this film was, I have seen many films in my life including all the other superman films, but this film just blew me away, i just thought it was just wonderful and so gripping up to a point I think this is the best superman film, don't get me wrong I love all the other superman films but this just edges it for me.
Oh the 3D is ok, and the 3D depth looks quality but as per normal there is nothing popping of of your screen, but then again the picture quality and sound is truly amazing, and the 5.1 surround sound is up there with Saving Private Ryan.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
This version contains 2 blu ray discs and a dvd. The first blu ray and the dvd contain the movie and extras the second blu ray contains the film in maximum movie mode!! This basically means the film plays in the background while actors,crew or the director pop up during the film and talk about certain aspects of the movie that relate to that scene!!! It is full of really fascinating triva and behind the scenes info it also shows behind the scenes footage and a chat with Hans Zimmer...
I actually recommend the US version over the UK as you get this rather fantastic extra and it's on its own disc!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2015
As someone who grew up with the Donner films and holds Superman as his favourite comic book superhero, I am somewhat astounded (and saddened) by some of the very vocal negativity around this film which means that there are probably a lot of people who would love this film but have never given it a chance.
Is it a perfect film? No, of course not, but for me it is the best version of Superman I have ever seen on the big or small screen (and I loved the Bruce Timm animated series).
The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is excellent if not as memorable as the classic John Williams score and there are some incredible moments throughout the film. Cavill is great in the lead role, unfortunately I am less sure about Amy Adams as she doesn't quite work for me here.
Man of Steel is one of my favourite Comic Book movies of all time, highly recommended. Just don't expect the tongue-in-cheek and somewhat cheesy (but endearing) charm of the Donner films.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2015
This is a great movie, it took it back to the original feel of Superman from years back, whilst making it fresh & New. The story, acting ( superman himself is and looked hot ladies!! ), & graphics used to bring it to the highest standard made this a very entertaining and rememberable
The actor playing superman couldn't have been more fitting for the role, he is just what after all these years and many spin off`s / versions I imagined he should be!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As a small child I was told that I (along with my little brother) was going to go to the cinema to see "Superman"! I waited a whole week with excitable anticipation typical of any 7 year old & was truly fit to burst by the time Saturday came. I cannot even begin to describe the disappointment with which I left the cinema a few short hours later. Having never before encountered the concept of "Superman" my 7 year old brain in that week long wait had conjured up a man, that quite frankly, was indeed SUPER!!! Handsome, POWERFUL, awesome, worthy of the name "Super-man"! What my innocent 7 year old eyes saw however was a slightly slimy looking, middle aged, ugly man who, albeit endowed with muscle, didn't seem particularly strong or POWERFUL, more a funny shape, in his Mums leotard & tights! The story wasn't much better & whilst my brother was happy to sit through the seemingly never ending sequels that followed, I considered it a strange & unusual punishment & ended up just hating Superman! In my mind, for the next 37 years Superman was quite literally rubbish! My son convinced me to buy this & it was with almost total regret that I pushed the little button that says "play". Why oh why oh why wasn't this the film I was taken to see when I was 7?? This IS what Superman should have always been! Hansome, likeable, strong, sexy & oh most definitely POWERFUL! When this Superman picks up a car you believe it. This Superman could probably play basketball with the planet Earth & still save 50 orphans before breakfast! This Superman I BELIEVE! The story was awesome & Henry Cavill is utterly brilliant as the likeable Clark & loveable Superman. With an outfit that does indeed look worthy of any hero (& not a bit like he's been in his Mums knicker drawer!) CGI has done what the blue screen never could & created a Super Hero that performs feats wholly deserving of the name & finally, in absolute truth, I cannot wait for the sequel.
on 28 July 2015
I saw this movie on iMax. Twice! I'll leave that to settle so as you can get an accurate understanding of my thoughts on this film. This is an epic film with incredible SFX; emotional and evocative music; great characters and visually stunning experience. Regardless of your view of superhero movies, Snyder knows how to capture shots that are truly epic! From the Krypton scenery to the image of a flaming man rescuing oil rig workers to when Superman first flies and the final Zod/Kal El confrontation, Zack Snyder captures epic moments that are immediately burned into the memory.
This is by no means a perfect movie.
There are a few things that cause irritation (minor irritations, but nonetheless still present), such as how Jonathan Kent dies. If they wanted him to die (why does he need to?), it would have been better if he died for a better reason than he did in the film. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say that Jonathan Kent wants to protect his son until such a time he can be accountable for his actions. The other minor irritation is: why is Superman's suit in a spaceship that is 20,000 years old? Was that spaceship a former House of El spaceship?
Who knows and who cares!
By the time they show Cavill don the suit, you are so engrossed with Russell Crowe's monologue and the pictures on screen that you really only think about the suit by the 3rd or 4th viewing! And Henry Cavill OWNS that suit. he truly is a Superman. Zoe and Theora are amazing baddies. I would love to see either one of them back again. Theora is the right hand "man" (she's a woman) to Gen Zod and she moves and fights as someone befitting that position. Please bring her back Zack!!
I have heard many people say that Christopher Reeves is the ultimate Superman. Maybe he is. Maybe he isn't. Personally. I can't watch any of those Reeves Superman. Not because of Man of Steel, but because superhero movies have moved on so much. The notion of what a superhero does and how they do their thing is a world apart from Christopher Reeves' day. THIS is the Superman movie I want for an era that has experienced epic battles at Helms Deep; dinosaurs walking amongst us and bullet time slow motion. This is the Superman for the 21st century - not just because of technology and SFX, but because it is a re-telling that is full of drama; action and emotional depth.
Zack Snyder has filmed a beautiful Superman story that will no doubt fit into a bigger DC cinematic universe (Dawn of Justice; Suicide Squad etc) and it is important that this first movie sets the bar and tone. Man of Steel has set the bar very high and given us a tone that feels just right: from the casting to the score. Not only a Superman for the 21st century, but a re-imagining of Superman for EVERY rendition that will arise in films, comics or books. Christopher Reeves had his time. And what a time he had. But it's now the digital age - analogue just can't cut it anymore. Henry Cavill is digital to Chris Reeves analogue. Thus he truly is the 21st century Superman!
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.
on 3 December 2014
Man of Steel is the sort of film you can enjoy upon first viewing but you can pretty much unravel the whole film on the way home. My main problem with MoS is that it felt like Warner Bros looked at the Dark Knight trilogy then looked at Zach Snyder and said "Do that to Superman or whatever" and just threw some money at him.
This film tries so hard to be gritty and grey and bland and it manages to have even less of a sense of humour than an actual Nolan film. Just because Snyder did a decent job with 300 and Watchmen doesn't mean he knows how to make a Superman film, maybe let him direct a Noire/thriller film.
The film also starts hopping around Superman's timeline as if Snyder got bored with what was going on in the present day and wanted to cram in even more unnecessary padding.
So onto the positives because there are some. First of all, the cast. Henry Cavill, like the rest of the cast, does the best with the materiel and even manages to sneak a smile on screen when he's discovering how to fly (Snyder must have forgotten to cut that out).
I also have to praise the visual effects team. While I was disappointed that the last twenty minutes resorted to a "Who can destroy the most buildings" contest between Zod and Supes, you have to at least give them credit for something that does look pretty good, it's just grating how long it goes on for. Much like the film which does drag on for 2 hours and 20 minutes and it feels completely unnecessary.
Overall, it's probably worth watching because it sets up the DC Cinematic Universe. I just hope all the upcoming films don't have the same gritty tone like this one. That's something Marvel got right, they know when to crack a smile and that's something Warner Bros could learn from Marvel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2015
One way this film scores heavily is that it doesn't got overly bogged down in Superman's origin while still providing interesting background and motivation for his actions. It clearly draws less upon the original fun but simplistic comics and more on later meatier graphic novels. Superman may still stand for justice but in a world recognised to be riddled with injustice. Still not the most intellectually stimulating of movies, but arguably more than mere escapist entertainment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2015
This is ultimately the best superman movie ever and will be a great movie to view in many years to come to epitomize it's classical status among such other great movies like Gladiator, Shawshank Redemption and more to name a few.
If you have not purchased this movie for your film collection, now is the time to do this.
What are you waiting for?
Buy it before the Superman V Batman hits out screens in the Dawn of Justice movie due for release in 2016.