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Not Necessarily Bad But Not That Great Either!!,
This review is from: Man of Steel [DVD] (DVD)
I have mixed feelings for Man of Steel, on one hand it’s a total action fest and the other a convoluted mess of a story. Let’s start with the very different look of Krypton, impressive at first but then when you start seeing the oversized spaceships and flying dragons you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching a combination of Star Wars with Avatar thrown in for good measure. The flashback scenes were a real messy way of trying to tell a simple story as Superman, we didn’t need a complex story, this film would have been better without the flashbacks. As for those complaining about too much action, well I actually enjoyed the action sequences more so than the story itself.
However there is still something missing when it comes to the action scenes, for instance there is no wow factor, it’s just complete carnage, buildings fall debris mounts up, superhero and villain smash through buildings, repeat. Now, I am no screenwriter but imagine if we had a scene where the daily planet building is about to fall, Superman flies up and pushes the building back into place and then uses his heat vision to re-seal the building, a scene like this would have put a big smile on my face as this is the kind of heroism you like to see when you watch a Superman movie, and with today’s technology this should be more than simple to execute.
I mentioned earlier about the flashbacks, the film would have been far better if they kept it as a three act play, the first part involves Krypton, then we get a bit more character development with young Kal-El growing up in Smallville with the third act being all about Superman in Metropolis.
As for the actors/actresses, Russell Crowe’s take on Jor-El is decent as is Michael Shannon’s take on General Zod, both really do invest in their characters and Henry Cavill makes a great Superman, although Amy Adams as Lois Lane is a bit underused and not as fully developed, the same can be said for Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent.
Overall decent enough, but not a patch on the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, although I agree that Man of Steel is better than Superman Returns. Hopefully the sequel with Batman will be better!!