Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)
  • Time: 148 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.


  • When I watched the trailers for these movies and saw that Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder were working on this movie I was very excited to see this movie. With Nolan’s storytelling and Zack Snyder’s visuals I thought they would be the perfect team. When I saw this movie at its midnight premiere, I was totally right. It had a few issues which I will discuss in a little bit but in this movie, the good outweighed the bad. As the far as the story goes, it’s really a retelling of Richard Donner’s Superman but it does manage to make a few changes including how his earth father dies but I don’t want to spoil too much. Also, they changed the villain to be General Zod. It was nice to see someone other than Lex Luthor be the villain of a Superman Movie. Zod was a pretty good villain, not the best, but he is given character and you understand why he is doing what he is doing. The acting in this movie is good too. Im not a big fan of either Russell Crowe or Kevin Costner but I thought they were both good choices to play both of his dads. Amy Adams is impressive as always and I actually liked how they made her more than just a damsel in distress and she is actually interesting. Henry Cavill as superman was OK, but I just wish he were a little more interesting he didn’t really emote that much. Also, the effects in this movie are just amazing! Zack Snyder proves again that his visual style works in every one of his movies. It was really nice to see the special effects get better as the superman films went on(especially from Superman 4).My biggest problem with the film was the shaky cam. good gosh the camera never stops moving. It was shaking so much I wanted to puke. but thats really my only real pet peeve with this movie. Overall, this is a great superhero film that will keep you entertained and give you the superman that you deserve.

  • To be honest, I’m not very keen on Superman as a character, nor am I keen on his movies. I didn’t particularly enjoy Richard Donner’s classic 1978 Superman nor the 1980 sequel (however, I did immensely enjoy General Zod as the villain in the sequel) – I didn’t like how they wanted to be “funny” and “witty”, and just ended up being juvenile. And don’t get me started on the awful movie that is Superman Returns. So yes, my experience with the Superman movies wasn’t a very pleasurable one. But, when I heard the franchise was getting a reboot, and that this time the movie will feel more serious and darker, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, bad reviews started pouring in eventually and, as a result, Man of Steel received a pretty bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I feared that Man of Steel would be another big superhero movie let down. I was wrong.

    The story of this movie is very familiar, but in case you don’t know: Jor-El (Russell Crowe), in the midst of the destruction of his planet Krypton, sends his newborn son Kal-El to Earth. There Kal-El gets adopted by Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), and they name him Clark. When he grows up, Clark (Henry Cavill), since he has super powers, chooses to help humanity. Soon after he puts on the Superman suit and cape, a threat to humanity rises in the form of General Zod (Micahel Shannon) – a genocidal maniac from Krypton. Some other important characters that appear in the movie are Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and her boss Perry (Laurence Fishburne). As you may notice, this is a great cast. Actually, I’ve never seen such combined star power in a superhero movie. And all of them are good. Especially Henry Cavill, who shines as the title character.

    Bottom line, Man of Steel isn’t a bad movie, it has amazing visuals and good action scenes. Most of the origin story is told in the form of flashbacks, which is always an interesting narrative device. The movie features a ton of interesting and creative Kryptonian technology so the movie’s Sci-Fi aspect is also satisfying. As I said, the actors really do a good job. Michael Shannon is effective as the menacing General Zod, even though Terence Stamp’s portrayal in Superman 2 is somewhat better. Henry Cavill is amazing as Superman, although we will have to wait until the sequel to see him portray Clark Kent as an inept Daily Planet journalist. Kevin Costner is another decent actor, but he has very little screen time – which is slightly disappointing since the relationship between his character and Henry Cavill’s character had a lot of potential. Because of its strong actors, nice visual effects and action scenes, Man of Steel is one summer blockbuster that is worth your money.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean the movie is without problems. The directing of the movie bothered me mostly – unnecessary shaky cam, quick cuts and strange zoom-ins are what Zack Snyder decided to use in his vision of Superman. And, of course, Man of Steel is yet another Superman movie with its runtime of over 2 hours. That wouldn’t be such a problem if it weren’t for the tedious second half which is made of one action scene after another. I mean, they do look amazing but after some time you kind of get sick of them. However, that doesn’t excuse the awful rating this movie got on Rotten Tomatoes. So ignore the critics, go watch this movie and enjoy yourself. Man of Steel is the best Superman movie so far – although, unfortunately, this isn’t saying much.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • People are afraid of what they don’t understand.

    Here’s a film I believe I don’t have to write a synopsis for because everyone should know about superman and his origin which is what this film is about, however for those of you who have been living under a rock I shall give a brief one.

    A young boy who has always been different from the other kids and also alienated learns that he is not of this planet (Earth) and has superpowers. As a young man Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) embarks on a journey to find out who he is and where he’s from.

    As many of you know I’m a bit of a comic book geek, however here’s one superhero I was never keen on. I personally never liked Superman, thought it was idiotic how a pair of oversized glasses could conceal someone’s identity and thought it was stupid that people fell for it. So I never read any of the comics, although I do have some knowledge on superman it’s as much as I’ve got on other superheroes.

    I loved the old “Superman” films with Christopher Reeve’s and I also loved watching the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” with Dean Cain. I won’t talk about the 2006 reboot “Superman Returns” because I along with a lot of people thought the film was dreadful (Except for Kevin Spacey as Lex Lutor).

    As a lot of you know I’m a fan of the latest Batman/Dark Knight trilogy and I appreciate what Christopher Nolan did with it, trying to make it more realistic, a more serious harder and tougher batman. Was it exactly like the comic books, not really however a little bit of creative “re-tuning or Re-Imagination) is fine with me once it’s done in the right way.

    When I heard they were going to do a reboot of man of steel I was excited, the recent success of superhero films gave me hope that this time they might succeed, then I found out Christopher Nolan would be involved in some way and I thought YES! Instantly I was looking forward to it! When I went to see the Dark Knight Rises I saw the first teaser for Man of Steel and I was filled with excitement! Already expectations were high!

    Right so back to the point;

    I was very late seeing Man of Steel due to things always coming up, I’d heard nothing but good things about the film and then finally I went and saw it.

    Did the film live up to my expectations? Not really. People have said the film is “epic”, “the best superhero film ever” etc, as a film I can see how it can be seen as “epic”, I think “the best superhero film ever” is very exaggerated. So I’d say don’t listen to the hype people!

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  • “Born on Krypton and raised on Earth, you had the best of both and were meant to be the bridge between two worlds.”

    Superman never was my favorite among all the other superheroes . I thought he looked like a pussy and not just because he was always wearing his underpants in the wrong way. If you compare him with Spiderman , Batman , The Hulk , The Magnificent Seven , Dare Devil and The X -men , he is actually just a lousy figure . Most of the other superheroes have been mutated by radiation , chemical waste or bitten by a spider. Superman just crashed on Earth , got his superpowers cause gravity on his home planet is much larger and gets weaker when he comes near to a simple green luminescent material called kryptonite. As a teenager I really didn’t think it was that thrilling.

    I was 12 years old when I saw the first movie in which Christopher Reeve starred as Superman. I was quite impressed by this film . Compared with this Man Of Steel the special effects weren’t that breathtaking , but at that time they were state of the art . A positive thing is that they didn’t just copy the complete original movie. Man of Steel is told in a very different way . The only thing I missed was Lex Luther and the way in which General Zod and his crew were banished from the planet Krypton . I found those flat plates flying off into space quite original and a clever idea to use it that way.
    However I have mixed feelings about this movie. I liked the first part on Krypton and the introduction of Superman to the people on Earth was a strong start . Until Zod arrives . Then it all feels exaggerated in a way. The layout and images of the endangered planet Krypton and the takeover by Zod are simply stunning and an indication of what was to come . Beautiful special effects and CGI that made me sit back to enjoy the rest that was to come. These images can be compared with those of the better contemporary SF .

    First we see Superman as a wandering young man who tries to keep his powers to a limit and not to reveal it to mankind . The flashbacks show his difficult childhood in which he clearly struggles whether or not to use these powers . Cavill was exceptionally brilliant in his role . And not just because the costume has been restyled . Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as his human father and mother both were convincing. Amy Adams has a cute face , but as Lois Lane , she didn’t really appeal to me . The relationship with Superman was not as pronounced here as in the old movie. To me it seemed not more than an ordinary friendship between the two characters . The discovery of the spaceship and Cavill’s further development as Superman were extremely well developed. The way he discovers his powers and the way this is shown on the screen, especially him flying through the sound barrier, is stunning.

    Zod and his crew land on the planet Earth and ask to turn in Superman . What we get then is a show of mind-blowing power development with such a destructive force that turns Metropolis in a ruin. Hard action was to be expected , but this was an over exaggerated display . Half an hour of collapsing buildings and skyscrapers , smashed flat cars, crashing satellites and flying debris . I thought these apocalyptic images would never end. After a while I wasn’t watching out of admiration anymore , but rather out of boredom , when Superman or Zod were thrown again through a series of buildings and tons of all kinds of heavy equipment was smashed in their face. Despite the fact that they are actually indestructible and feel no pain, they had to get up out of a painful semiconscious state to continue with the hopeless showdown . The most ridiculous thing was yet to come. After an inhuman exhausting fight it all ends with a simple snap of Zods neck. We’ve seen that enough times in a rather normal action movie. Why didn’t they end the whole matter by sending them back to the Phantom Zone like they did with Zods spacecraft and his crew ? Well, ultimately it all has to end somehow!

    Finally one more fact that annoys me about Superman . He gets a job at the Dailey Planet and is (how is it possible) unrecognizable by wearing normal looking glasses. Just awful 🙂
    Man of Steel . Not a super movie . It’s excellent in using current computer technology to make everything look smooth and slick. But what an exaggerated destructive half hour to finish. I was not really blown away by it !

  • For the record, I have only seen one of director Zach Snyder’s previous films being 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. That vehicle was a very small sample size compared to what I witnessed at a screening for his much anticipated Superman reboot Man of Steel. Within two and a half exhausting hours, I realized that this man is truly a visionary filmmaker. Snyder shoots action scenes like no other director I’ve ever seen (a lot of long shots and extreme long shots). There’s a relentlessness, a sort of exuberant energy that comes with every frame. He throws a lot at you until you just can’t take it anymore. So OK, let’s lay it all out on the line, there’s enough suspenseful battles/fistfights/shoot em’ ups in Man of Steel to fill 7-8 movies (I’m not kidding). They are well done and totally eye popping. But this flick is a classic case of a cinematic exercise “living by the sword and dying by the sword.” That means Man of Steel’s strength is also its weakness. The last 45 minutes consists of carnage and destruction that you have to see to believe. There’s an attempt of movie sabotage going on here which does two things: It bogs down the third act (story loses focus) and makes you, the moviegoer, feel like you’re watching Transformers all over again (the part that hurts the most is that once the action heightens, the caliber of acting goes downhill and the characters become less dynamic). Now based on my rating, it’s apparent that I will recommend this movie. But I am disappointed in the fact that it could have been so much better. The first half is incredibly compelling and invigorating (a possible Best Picture nominee perhaps). The second half, well what can I say, it’s a big explosion fest that would fuel the psyche of your typical action junkie. To conclude the first paragraph of this review, I will say this: Yes, Man of Steel is a “popcorn flick.” In fact toward the end, it’s popcorn with a pound of butter and plenty of fine, iodized salt.

    Now if you’ve seen the first two Superman films (Superman (1978), Superman II (1981)) or have a love for comics, the story should be very familiar to you (Jor-El predicts that Krypton is going to be destroyed so he sends his son Kal-El to earth where his identity remains unknown. As time marches on, Kal-El realizes who he really is and identifies his possession of superhuman powers. This propels him to maintain and take care of our planet). Man of Steel stays somewhat faithful to the past Superman entries but at the same time, there is a whole new take on the proceedings. This film has the distinction of being a remake with plot elements of not one, but the combo of both flicks from 78′ and 81′ (General Zod is a more pivotal character this time around and Lex Luther is non-existent). And let it be known, this is a much much darker adaptation. It’s more military in nature and the whimsical love story between Clark Kent and Lois Lane is sorely left out. Now, a lot of critics have found the seriousness and darkness of this entry off putting. Thankfully, I have no problem with it. Snyder’s new vision is realized and assured. And there’s a kind of anti-hero vibe to Man of Steel that makes it surprisingly moving (maybe it’s keeping with today’s mindset, I can’t be sure).

    The cast is mostly all aces. All the actors/actress that show up and contribute, probably could each helm their own movie (Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams). Almost everyone on screen delivers but it’s Costner (Jonathan Kent) who stands out. His performance in a somewhat small role as Kal El’s adopted father, is quietly powerful (there’s a scene with destruction by tornadoes that will give you goosebumps). And then there is Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Listen, nobody is cooler than Crowe. He even fights a little (Gladiator style at the beginning). But his performance doesn’t quite match the intensity of Marlon Brando’s stint from 78′ (I think it was Marlon’s voice alone that kind of sealed the deal). As for the lead of Superman, Henry Cavill does a fine job despite what you might have heard. He’s no Christopher Reeve (it’s impossible to equal Reeve’s charm and charisma) but he looks the part perfectly, has a solid screen presence, and caters to the physical demands of the role. He’s a little wooden at times, but with the next installment (you know it’s gonna happen), I think his acting will probably get better and better. Just a hunch. That leaves the one weak spot in casting which would be Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Now I still think she’s a solid actress but her minutes on screen lack a little depth. When Margot Kidder played the part in the original, she did more “reacting” and than acting and it made her performance more natural not to mention more human. Adams is no doubt a movie star but when I saw her in Man of Steel, I just thought, that’s Amy Adams (this tends to happen with a lot of big name stars).

    In conclusion, I found Man of Steel to be a solid entry in the retelling of the Superman franchise. There’s shades of greatness that mostly show up early on. Honestly, if this flick had eyes, you’d see in them a yearning early on, to become a cinematic masterpiece. Sadly, because of the plot going on autopilot late in the proceedings, things don’t quite work out that way. But come on, it’s going to make a ton of money and there’s sure to be a sequel. How do I know, well you can painfully tell that the filmmakers do an obvious job of shoving that notion right down your throat. This is done at the very end and I’ve never seen a film try harder to announce a sequel than this one does. But hey, no worries. You’ll probably still enjoy the feverishness and relentless swagger that is Man of Steel.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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