Man of Steel – Review

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DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder

WRITERS: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan

CAST: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Diane Lane (Martha Kent, Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul)

man_of_steel_posterREVIEW 

Now let’s get into this, there were some people who enjoyed it, (like me) and there were of course some that didn’t enjoy it. That’s okay because we are all entitled to our opinions, so I’ll give my two-cents on the matter.

I truly believe Man of Steel was an amazing superhero film to date. How long have we waited for a Superman movie that completely reached our expectations? While some might disagree, I can say that it really was everything I wanted. This film had a great cast, you had Russell Crowe as Jor-El and he brought out the essence of that character very well on screen. Also had Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, there were some tiny flaws I’ll admit, mainly when he told Clark that maybe he should’ve let the kids drown. But his Pa Kent was indeed heartfelt. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was another good performance in my opinion. Throughout the whole movie she did all she can to help Superman, just as Lois in the comics would.

man_of_steel_review Now onto the two portrayals, Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon’s Superman and General Zod. I felt that both were extremely spot on! Henry Cavill not only gave a superb performance but he also captured the image of our beloved Man of Steel. Michael Shannon’s Zod was a huge outstanding performance that benefitted the movie for me. He was demented and everything he did was for in his mind, for the better good of Krypton.

The story was easy to follow and kept me wanting to see more. For some people, it can get boring at the beginning which later on the film makes up for as every fight scene were really marvelous and intense. It was truly worth the wait. Some of the later fight scenes in the climax caused much controversy to which some critics bashed as well as some comic book readers. But as a long time reader of Superman, it was necessary as to allow room for a more personal fight and push Superman more to stop Zod.

One controversy that seemed to cause a stir was the infamous ‘neck snap’ scene in the final fight. To me, it really wasn’t that much of a big issue. One, Superman was given an ultimatum: kill Zod to save the world or let Zod live and destroy all life. The sadistic General Zod had no reason to live now that he had no way to preserve and rebuild Krypton and that drove him completely insane to the point that he even told Superman that he will destroy humanity on Earth and that the only way for him to stop him would be for him to kill him. So there Superman eventually had no other alternative but to put Zod down permanently.

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Many people will complain that Superman would not kill, but he has killed before in the comics. A good example I can bring up would be when he fought Doomsday in the comic book Superman #75. Doomsday was out of control and Superman knew he would not stop until he was dead. With that, Superman gave all he got to take down Doomsday.superman_doomsdayOverall, I really enjoyed Man of Steel so much and had the privilege to watch it twice when it came out in theaters the first day. People have their opinions, which I respect, some loved it and others hated it. Neither is bad, for me Man of Steel was a huge success.

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  • yonnino

    For me too. One of my favorite movies in general.

    • Rei Alvarez

      Mine too 🙂 This is the beginning of something amazing in DCCU

  • damien

    Most loved the film, all the hate it gets is from the few loud moronic haters who didn’t even pay attention to the film.

    • Rei Alvarez

      I agree 🙂

  • Eobard Thawne

    Great to read a positive review. It wasn’t 100% perfect, no, but it was still great, and the ‘criticism’ people offer is so petty and nitpicky it’s just ridiculous.

    The funny thing is despite the weird bandwagon hate online everyone I talk to in real life enjoyed it.

    • Rei Alvarez

      Thanks man 🙂 yes exactly

  • Man of Steel was a mix bag for me, didn’t outright love it nor did I outright hate it. But there’s things in the film I loved A LOT and then there things in the film that I strongly disliked.

    • fevasu

      So you are not Rei Alvarez?

      • Nope, we’re two completely different beings. 🙂

        • fevasu

          Ok, let me get straight. Who are the people who use this account?

          are there more than one?

          • I’m the founder of the site, the only one that uses the user “DCComicsMovie.com” in the comments and DC Comics Movie when posting articles on the site.

            Eric, Rei (who wrote this review) and Mighty Icon are different contributors to the site. 🙂

        • Rei Alvarez

          Yup we are two completely different beings who share the same love for DC lol 🙂

  • Newmantoplease

    What I loved about this movie is that it wasn’t just a superhero movie, it was a SCI-FI EPIC, and that’s why I’m so excited for these other WB/DC films because WB seems to really want to challenge the idea of what a superhero film should be. The one flaw with this movie imo was the writing, it wasn’t terrible but just pretty average overall with some slight exceptions from Zod,Faora,and Jor-El’s lines, but that’s what makes Batman v Superman so exciting is because now Zack has what he had in MOS (great visuals and actors) but now he has guys like Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck beside him helping him with the story, there’s just no way DC can lose now.

    • Rei Alvarez

      I couldn’t say it any better myself dude 🙂

  • Phil Dunlap

    Thanks for the review. I, too, loved this movie when it came out, and in order to defend it against, quite frankly, very lazy criticisms, I’ve had to investigate, explore, and analyze this film more than any other I’ve seen. This has only deepened and enriched my love and appreciation for it. For any fan of this movie, I highly recommend the site ManofSteelAnswers.com. This guy goes into deep analysis and points out some amazing things that you’d never get on only one viewing.

    Another particularly illuminating analysis is “A Thesis on Man of Steel” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p5-14rjWUM), where he outlines the incredible birthing metaphor at the center of the film, which serves to explain Clark’s character evolution throughout the movie. Really interesting stuff.

    • Rei Alvarez

      Thank you 🙂 Wow man you just really hit the head of the nail in here. I agree completely with everything shown in this video. ‘Man of Steel’ was truly an amazing movie and I love it so much. It’s always on my mind and I can always recount on every part of the movie that I loved.

  • GibLesPaul456

    The movie had lots of potential for greatness and Snyder did not play it safe which I admired.

    My quibbles is Jonathan Kent’s dialogue and decisions in a couple of scenes and the second half of the movie should have had more scenes with Superman moments (saving people, occassionally cracking a smile, playing Superman’s theme, not punching a Kryptonian to downtown Smallville) and less scenes with Kryptonian destruction and less of Zod’s theme altogether (it was incessant with all of the destruction).

    No problem with Superman killing Zod…he had no other choice.