Playing with Explosives: Man of Steel Film Review
*Although I tried to keep this review as spoiler free/vague as possible – since the film was only released today and I realize most people haven’t had a chance to watch it yet – still spoilers occassionally tend to sneak past me, so read with caution!*
I’ve been anticipating the Man of Steel since I first heard about it and watched the trailer:
No, seriously, I bedazzled the date on my calender so I wouldn’t forget about it. I thought Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) fit the blue-eyed, chiselled physique of Superman. I was a little unsure of Amy Adams (Enchanted) playing the role of Lois Lane, but I figured that reboots were all about changing a character’s traditional image and starting from scratch, so why not have a redhead play a brunette?
Of course, another HUGE factor in my need to watch Man of Steel was the fact that Christopher Nolan was mentioned in the trailer. Yes, Nolan was only producing the film and thus, I was a little skeptical of how much control he would have over the day-to-day procduction and/or changes in script…but I pretty much wept when I saw his name of the trailer. (I was still running in the high of Dark Knight Rises obviously.)
Batman, in the HISHE Super Cafe clip, pretty much sums up my feelings and reaction to seeing Nolan’s name in the Man of Steel trailer:
The film focused on making Superman larger than life. The film doesn’t concentrate on the life of Clark Kent. Superman is given an almost god-like aura throughout the film – which, of couse, as the saviour of Earth he almost is – but we rarely get to see the human side of Superman, which may be the reason that the film lacks humour and relatability at times – even the early, young Clark scenes are short-lived.
That isn’t to say that the Man of Steel lacks charisma. Henry Cavill plays his role to near-perfection as the suerphero. Cavill, as I mentioned before, fits the physical appearance of the character, but he also does well acting out his role – though he is limited by the storyline. (I’m also a fan of the darker-toned costume, makes me take the superhero a little more seriously and, almost, ignore the tights.)
The filmography is likewise stunning. I have to give the filmmakers props for getting all the non-stop, explosive action – and I do mean non-stop! There are almost three long battle scenes in this film, but given the fact that the film is two and a half hours long, that shouldn’t have come as a big surpise to me. (One thing I have to say about long films – anything over 2 hours – is that they need to have an intermission. Salty popcorn = soda = I NEED TO USE THE BATHROOM!)
Plus, maybe this is the darkside of me talking, but I love all the destruction in this film. There’s something oddly beautiful about the collapsing buildings and shattering concrete in this film.
Finally we have Lois Lane. Adams does a good job of portraying a spunky, no-nonsense reporter whose smart enough to recognize – or at least be suspicious of – Clark’s alter-ego. Adam’s portrayal is a nice change from the traditional, nearly naive version of Lois Lane that is depicted in so many renderings of the DC comic. Unfortunately, the film is called MAN of Steel, so as expected the female lead of the movie gets limited screentime.
So, what are some of the cons of this film?
Well, as I mentioned the limited screen time for Lois Lane, which would have been beneficial to making her character mroe memorable and of course the need to have more “Clark” in Superman’s character. Though I didn’t mind the fact that Zack Snyder tried to portray a character that deviates from the “sensitive” superheroes, like Spiderman, that we’ve been getting recently, I understand that the “Clark” personality is an important part of Superman’s character and it needs to be more prominent in the film.
The action sequences, though beautiful and heart-poundingly exciting, were also too fast. Personally, I appreciate it when I can actually see a punch being thrown and making impact – not just the resounding “BOOM!” which is the aftermath. (Yes, Superman supposed to be “faster than a speeding bullet,” but for the mortals watching, like me, I’d appreciate it if he could occassionally slow down.)
Was this movie a complete write-off for me?
Absolutely, NOT! Did you miss the part where I say I loved the explosions and Cavill’s potrayal of Superman? The movie has great potential and if there is going to be a sequel, then there are so many avenues for the filmmakers to explore. I would prefer to see more romance between Superman and Lois Lane in the next installments – if there are any.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been reports of a sequel yet – and as far as I know, Amy Adams isn’t contracted for any more films as Lois Lane. Nor is Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman in the upcoming Justice League film – neither is Christian Bale for that matter, but I hope it’s not too late for these guys to change their minds!
So what are your thoughts on the Superman reboot? Did it live up to your expectations?
(aka, The Ever Hopeful)