Oh my, where to begin… I wasn’t going to go, but I did anyways(and got an additional $1 off ticket price, Yay!). So for 7.25, this is my official review of Zach Snyder’s take on the Superman origins story, The Man of Steel.
Ok here we go. First I would like to say, I was not in favor of a reboot of Superman. But when the casting choices began to appear, I was pleased. Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as John Kent(Both played Robin Hood too!), Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Henry Cavill as Clark, all excellent choices. I was, however at pause with Amy Adams as Lois though. She is a good actress, but I was hesitant. And with Christopher Nolan producing it was going to be darker and more realistic, I like that.
Now the good things. Casting was great. The story was good, a little unexplained in parts, but still good.
The Film. The first 15 or so minutes are on Krypton. Not the crystal Krypton from the 1978 film, no this is like a fantasy world. Flying dragonflies and organic buildings. The movie starts with Kal-El’s birth, the first in 300 years. Then Jor-El is talking to the ‘hat people’ or Time Lords. Old dusty senators who have no idea how to lead anymore. Enter Zod. Brilliantly portrayed by Michael Shannon. Well these old friends, now enemies fight, Kal-El is rocketed off and then the big shiv comes out. All of these things are in the Superman mythos, and are no surprise.
I have heard other reviews about the next parts and the flashbacks. I liked them. I like the idea of a drifting Clark, being a saving angel to an oil rig team and such. Great scene is the truck scene at the bar up north. Then comes the spaceship hidden in the ice for 200k years, with 1 pod empty(no explanation given-my theory, sequel with Supergirl). Clark saves Lois. [Peave #1-in the cold arctic when the sun goes down it gets bitchin’ cold, Lois has no red nose or cheeks.]
Then he is given the suit, with the cape after he discovers the hologram of Jor-El’s conciousness. And then he learns to fly(very cool!!). Then comes Lois in search of her hero, and finds him in Smallville. Then as she decides to keep his secret hidden, Zod shows up. In one of the best scenes of the film in my opinion-Superman and Lois are in the interrogation room and she is asking him questions. Supes then has a conversation with the people behind the glass. Then Zod takes him prisoner. [Peave #2-On Zod’s ship, Kal-El passes out and Zod enters his dream and tells him his plans for domination. Why tell your plans!?]. And then Lois activated Jor-El/Hologram. Oye, really?
Okay into Act 3, yes, Act 3. Fist fights, destruction, destruction, etc. Wow. Relentless, non-stop destruction. Supes v Faora-Al, Supes v Zod.
Then Supes goes up against the Kryptonian terraforming spider(see Kevin Smith). And then the world is saved. Yep. That’s it.
Certain things/scenes really did good. Young Clark saving the bus…well done. Costner was incredible in all his scenes..excellent. Lois meets Clark in the cemetery. Diane lane as Martha talking a young Clark out of the closet. Kal-El learning to fly, awesome! Kal-El and Lois in the interrogation room. After the confrontation in the bar, the semi-tractor trailer twisted with the telephone poles. And my favorite, Clark talking to the priest in the church, very moving.
There are a few ‘easter eggs’ hidden in the movie. Wayne Ent. logo on a satellite. The LexCorp logo on a building and a tanker. Dr Hamilton of S.T.A.R.R. labs(Cyborg). Blaze comics(Booster Gold). The empty pod on the ship(Kara/Supergirl). And CPT Ferris of the Air Force(Star Sapphire/Carol Ferris).
What I didn’t like. Jor-El riding a dragonfly-type thingie. WTF? Jor-El really saving the day. Really. If it wasn’t for the hologram does what is does, the Earth would have dies. The neck-breaking of Zod. It’s justified, I understand, but honestly, Superman breaking a neck. And the shakey camera did to my head what 3D films do. Extreme headache.
And lastly the score by Hans Zimmer is extremely good. No where near John Williams 1978 score, but it is VERY good.
Well that’s it. See it. Enjoy it. It is not Richard Donner’s Superman. It most definitely is a Christopher Nolan Superman. Not the best super hero movie of this summer(Iron Man 3 was better), but it was entertaining.