Now, with Batman V Superman arriving very soon, I thought I should finally give in and watch Man of Steel. A film I had avoided for a long time, and i’ll get onto my reasons for that soon, and my reasons were justified.
Man of Steel is part of the DC Cinematic Universe and is Directed by Zack Snyder. It stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El (Superman’s Dad).
This is your basic origin story. Superman comes to Earth as a child, gets found/adopted by a family, then when he gets older his Dads old enemy comes to Earth to destroy him and turn Earth into a new Krypton.
Now, I’m not one who normally dislikes Superhero movies. I give them all a chance and I am a fan of the dark and gritty adaptations (such as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy) but this is one adaptation that did not sit well with me.
First of all, it’s too dark for a Superman movie. Superman is supposed to be about hope, it’s supposed to be campy and humorous and colourful. Man of Steel makes Superman so mopey and dull. You never see him enjoying saving people – in fact, you hardly see him save any people.
Now, spoilers ahead. Superman doesn’t kill, the same as Batman doesn’t kill. He, at least, doesn’t kill as brutally as he does in Man of Steel. The film ends with Superman snapping the neck of General Zod after the two of them cause mass destruction of Metropolis. Thousands of people will have died with the two aliens smashing into buildings and you never see Superman trying to save any of them. This fact is emphasised when you compare Man of Steel to The Avengers, where in The Avengers they are seen trying to contain the damage and save the civilians in New York City, something that isn’t seen in Man of Steel.
The other thing I found to be a downside of this movie? The Score. I didn’t find it very dramatic or iconic. When we think Superman, we all think of THAT Superman theme, none of the tracks on the score for Man of Steel are at all memorable.
Despite these negatives. There are a few shining lights. One of these is Henry Cavil as Superman. He gives a stunning performance even if he is a little bit dull and depressing. He still looks like Superman, sounds like Superman and even has the charm of Superman, with a little work I think he could be one of the best. One thing that will have to change? The fact that people don’t recognise him when he just puts on a pair of glasses. I don’t believe that one second. (The suit doesn’t look half bad either)
Another positive? Despite the mass destruction caused and the lack of awareness for Civilian safety, the action sequences were draw-dropping and incredibly detailed that you actually felt there was an immense level of destruction – which, of course, is both good and bad.
My overall opinion? I didn’t like it but I did like it more than I thought I was going. If you like superhero films and you want to be up to date before Batman V Superman comes out (like me) then I suggest giving Man of Steel a watch, its a good Popcorn movie that you can just mindlessly watch without too much thought.
Man of Steel: 2.5/5