Man of Steel (3D): Film Review

Review: Man of Steel, Zack Synder’s reboot of Superman, focuses on the the Kryptonian’s history and his journey on Earth. The movie has some brilliant breathtaking moments but it does have its disappointments as well.

The story is quite simple and has a lot of essence to it. The opening scene showcases the birth of Kal-El, Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries. In the planet’s dying moments Zod goes bonkers while Jor-El (Russell Crowe) bids goodbye to his son. Kal-El lands on Earth and is adopted by the Kent family. Then on, he begins living as Clark Kent and on his father’s advice makes himself invisible (not literally). Things start to change and BAMN! Superman arrives to take on Zod.

The first half of the movie is quite exceptional. The build up is perfect and as smooth as silk. Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) played exceptional roles, though minuscule, as respective fathers of Kal-El and Clark Kent. The second half picks up where the first left off but rather than making an upward transition, the graph remained stable. The second half is all about incendiary fires, super punches and a whole lot of flying, which is a good thing but there should have been a stop somewhere. Amidst all the fights and high-adrenalin clashes Zack Snyder didn’t realize when to quit, hence making the movie excruciatingly long. Overall the essence wasn’t really taken away but a lot of scenes could have been avoided and execution could have been a little better.
 
Zack Snyder and his team focused a little too much on CGI and visuals which in a way was not the right thing to do. Yes, the film was definitely visually stunning but the characters, overall, were underdeveloped. The character of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) started off with a bang with her being her usual pesky self. But down the line, her character grew weak. It was the same case with Zod (Mike Shannon). Zod is an epic character from the Superman series. A military general with a lot of dastardly ideas. Again, he started off with a bang and towards the end, fell weak. If you really want to know what General Zod is like, watch Superman 2. The two stand out characters in the movie were Henry Cavill (Thank God. After all he plays Superman) and Russell Crowe. Henry Cavill played Superman very well (If you’re a DC New 52 reader, you’ll know what I’m talking about). The movie was extremely intense but lacked depth and humor. The essence was kept intact but the innocence of Superman (which made him so exuberant) was lacking. Zimmer didn’t really do a great job in my opinion. With all due respect, it was an uphill task beating John Williams but Zimmer didn’t come close to equaling the greatness, let alone beating it.
 
Though there were quite a few misfires, the reboot, overall, is pretty good. Like mentioned earlier, the build up was superb the way the movie maintained its pace was perfect. The one great thing about the reboot is that the next film may be even better than this one. This reboot has laid the perfect foundation for the Superman franchise to carry on further. On the whole, this film is good to watch. Classic Superman fans (read: Comics & Richard Donner’s Superman) may be a tad-bit disappointed. Fortunately, it won’t stab people’s childhood in the heart as a lot of the scenes and situations are very similar to the comic books.

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10 Comments

  1. Siddharth

    June 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hi…I think these incredible professionals made some exceptional movie…what I don’t undestand that why you people always write a comparative review rather whats in the story right now.

    Speaking of when u guyz wrote above “lack of humor” what makes u think every movie should have humor. Its an intense movie showcasing not the cute boy superman but finding out the truth..realizing his powers. Whn the theme is about this then how come the superman can be showcased as innocent. He was innocent in the other parts isn’t it? Its the prequel. One should be angry if somebody threatens his/her mother isn’t it? You guys just write crap out of nothing. If u wana see some superman’s cuteness and innocense then watch smallville series. I’m sure you will be satisfied. And rest wat can I say its far beyong the imagination and power of our Indian bollywood industry to create or even imagine such a kind of story. And yes indeed the story has depth referring to the beginning and hw it all started. Two words for the Review writer “Grow Up”. (Seriously man!)

    • DJ

      June 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I agree, this was my take on watching today’s screening. One word Critics just don’t get it, God knows what they were trying to see DC characters are much more dark & evolved than Marvel; that’s a hard hitting fact provided Critics have ever read Graphic Novel on Man of Steel.

      Just came from the screening of Man of Steel; after looking at Rotten Tomatoes rating it simply makes me wonder do critics understand the essence of Super-hero movies. I have not seen the ’78 version of Superman but Henry Cavill has nailed the character of Clark Kent/Kal-EI. This is truly Zack Snyder’s best movie by far. At no point did the story seemed dragged. Just remember this is the origin story of the supposed trilogy so the ground work has been laid for a sequel to follow, whether it’s going to be Justice League or not I am not sure. The first half provides viewers about Kal-EI’s true origin starting from prologue of Krypton’s dying mythology to his upbringing by the Kent’s on Earth. Kevin Costner has really provided the humane essence that was essential. Amy Adams was good as Louis Lane, her character got enough screen timing rather than what others above complained being just damsel in distress. Finally Michael Shannon as Zod has been good but there was opportunity for him to shine knowing his stature of being a terrific actor; watch out for his side-kick Antje Traue who played Faora-Ul simply awesome. As goes for action what would you expect from Snyder, it was nothing short of spectacular. My final Verdict: do not miss this at theater. This movie truly deserves the praise it received from the audience. Just go & watch it …this is how a Superman movie should be like.

      Note: One small advice there is nothing great to watch this in 3D as the transition from 3D to 2D was minimal.

    • Jatin Malik

      June 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      haa haa..good one sidharth

    • ALOK

      June 25, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Why are you forcing the Reviewer to give more ratings if he doesn’t want to. Its his opinion and he can write whatever he wants. Every people in this world has his own opinion.. Its upto you whether you like it or not. So, writing about the — “Grow Up” part from your side to the reviewer makes us wonder how much you yourself has grown up. If you ask me personally, I had not like the Man Of Steel movie. It was disappointing. And there will be many others like me out there. And in the same way there will be people who might actually like the movie. So, just by saying others to– “GROW UP” doesn’t change their statements and verdict.

  2. saurabh

    June 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    *****

  3. likith

    June 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    story is good with superb graphics..good to watch

  4. Mildred

    June 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I agree with siddharth completely. Why talk about humor when it is not required in the movie. If humor is what is required please watch some stupid slapstick comedy especially the Indian ones. If it is reboot there is no need to compare. Enjoy the freshness of the movie

  5. Pranjal Haloi

    June 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Agree with Siddharth to some extent. However, won’t blame critic’s review as well. Critic’s work is to criticize the work which I feel he did as far as he could. Rest is on individual’s view & decision. The view may differ per individual. So cheers…
    Overall an excellent movie.

  6. Utkarsh

    June 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Ok let me be clear. I have been a big fan of the superman franchise. I liked the Christopher Reeves Series, as well as one of those view people who also enjoyed Superman Returns, Lois and clark new adventures of Superman, Adored superman the animated series and justice league and enjoy reading the comics. What i have to say is that the movie was a very much needed reboot and i am really happy they did not make it funny. Superman is not a joke cracking character(as you seem to also be a comic book fan, you should agree on this but seeing that you are sticking yourself to only the classic version.. cant blame you there as for your timezone you already have Christopher Reeves movies) and Henry Cavil was born to play the man of steel. I enjoyed the story. A very simple to grasp plot, with not to much going. A simple Journey “A to B” movie. Many people are complaining about the character development in this movie, but i felt it was nicely done cause the movie was more focused on the man of steel trying to find a place to belong. But what really surprised me from reading your review was about the music. Personally i could not have even imagined a better Soundtrack. I prefer these soundtracks any day over John Williams. Then again, i feel you are biased on your opinion based on your love for the classic edition. This movie was a modern reboot and felt like a proper reboot, unlike amazing spiderman. I personally believe superman could not get a better movie than this for a relaunch. I am happy the movie had less funny moments, and was filled with easter eggs (Batman,aquaman, lex, green lantern, cyborg, booster gold, kara and who knows, maybe more which i will notice on a third watch). And this movie, did ZOD justice… unlike what was thrown at us in superman 2.

  7. arihant

    July 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Its a super hero movie. You don’t watch it for ‘depth’ and ‘humor’. You watch it for CGI. Which was in abundance. Please stop comparing it to the Batman trilogy. Because Nolan was the director then, while in this one he was a producer. Not every DC movie has to be dark and brooding. The story was good, Henry Cavill portrayed Superman well if not perfectly. I did’nt find Zod weak. Stop comparing him with the Terrance Stamp. He was different yet the same. His goals were noble but his methods were not.

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