My Thoughts On… Man of Steel

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Synopsis

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • I’m not a Superman purist, by any means, so it largely doesn’t bother me when new films come out that differ from the seventies/eighties trilogy. I understand why studios feel the need to make new films, and as long as they work, I see no problem with that. So, as I largely enjoy the story of Superman (though he is nowhere close to being my favourite superhero), I was happy to watch a new film with him at the centre.
  • I supported the changes to the plot; having Clark only take on his journalist role as a cover at the end of the film worked, as far as I am concerned.
  • I like Amy Adams well enough to enjoy her performance as Lois Lane. She’s actually pretty much the first Lois that I’ve watched and actually liked, which is probably entirely down to Amy Adams.
  • Henry Cavill’s midwest accent was pretty flawless. I can fault him on other things (see below), but not that.
  • I love it when people I like pop up in films unexpectedly. This time it was Richard Schiff (who obviously, as a West Wing alum has my eternal love), and Michael Kelly, who I recently watched (and loved) in House of Cards. They only have minor parts but it’s nice to see people you like!

 

What I Didn’t Like

  • Henry Cavill, despite being a good looking man, is pretty much a charisma vacuum, right at the centre of the film. Seriously, to me, he has no screen presence whatsoever. He’s not a bad actor, his performance is fine, but I didn’t find myself drawn to him in any way.
  • There was an awful lot of time spent on Krypton at the start of the film. I didn’t find it particularly interesting, and I was willing it to end so that we could get onto earth and find out what was happening with Clark.
  • The scenes where Krypton was destructing felt a lot like Star Trek, and the scenes where Superman was fighting General Zod in the small Kansas town felt like Thor. Maybe I’ve just watched too many franchise action films, but it all felt a bit samey.
  • The final battle scenes were not particularly interesting to me. I was enjoying it more when Clark was working out who he was with the help of his dad (played by Kevin Costner), but the action scenes weren’t really to my taste, and seemed to go on forever.
  • Ultimately, I found it a little boring. Like I said, Superman isn’t my favourite superhero, but I do like comic book films, and I was hoping to like this one. But I didn’t, not really.

Why Should You See This Film?

It’s hard to know whether or a huge Superman fan would enjoy this film, but then it’s probably safe to assume that those die-hard fans will have already seen this. Man of Steel is not bad, as such, it’s just not that interesting! I suppose it would appeal to people who enjoy superhero films, and especially those that have a little bit more to them than just action; the best bits of this film are when Clark is interacting with people on a personal level, rather than when he’s being Superman.

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