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Old 08-13-2013, 08:04 AM   #218
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Default Re: TMOS Review & Speculation Thread (Spoilers) - Part 4

I haven’t given my review of Man of Steel so here goes. If giant walls of text are your kryptonite feel free to skip to the end :
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The Good:

The cast was excellent. In fact, I think it is one of the better casts that have been put together for a comic book film. Out of the cast Henry Cavill was the real highlight for me. That’s pretty impressive considering how talented everyone else actually is. Any Superman film can live or die on who it casts in the main role. I really got the impression that he cared a great deal about the role. He put his heart into it and it showed on screen.

Nothing will ever top John William’s Superman theme but I LOVED Hans Zimmer’s work on this film. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack A LOT. Seriously, I’m listening to it right now.

The Krypton scenes were really interesting. I loved that Jor-El was an action hero in his own right. It makes sense because you don’t hire the guy who played Maximus to play a wimpy version of Superman’s dad.

Zod was more than a Saturday morning cartoon villain. They did a great job conveying why he did what he did. His whole reason for existing was protecting Krypton. After the planet’s destruction he would do anything… kill the entire human race, give up super powers, anything, to bring Krypton back. Shannon’s speech towards the end was really terrific. In Zod’s mind everything he did was for the good of his people. Way more unique than the typical science experiment went wrong and now this guy’s a CRAZY VILLAIN!

Many of the scenes got an emotional reaction from me. Of note was the scene where Jonathan Kent tells young Clark that he isn’t from Earth.

“Can I just keep pretending I’m your son?”

“You are my son.”

Did you get a lump in your throat? I did. Also the scene where Superman and Lois are waiting for Zod to come take him away stood out.

“It didn’t make much difference.”

“It did to me.”

It was a simple scene but it really brought to life what the character must have been feeling. He spent his whole life afraid that when people found out who he really was they would reject him. However, the first person that really finds out about him (outside of his parents) actually accepts him. She’s even prepared to drop what would be a career defining story to protect him. Instead of recoiling in fear she draws closer with genuine care and concern. You can tell it means the world to him.

I think Amy Adams is awesome! Lois Lane was likable. It seems like one of the most difficult things to get right in a comic book film. Too often, the female lead is stuck in the thankless role of not understanding what the hero is going through, complaining, nagging and eventually annoying the audience. Lois played a meaningful role in the story beyond just getting rescued (and it was cool when she did get rescued). She got to be in on the action.

Speaking of action, this was by far my favorite aspect of the film… THE ACTION! This movie featured some of the best action I’ve ever seen in a comic book film. When Superman and Zod were punching each other around all over the place, I couldn’t hold back the smile. My inner seven year old was giddy. The film delivered the action this Superman fan has been waiting a lifetime to see.

The Bad:

I mentioned that great cast earlier. I don’t think they took full advantage of their talents. For example, look at Amy Adams. She’s great at humor and she wasn’t given much to do in that regard. I also thought Michael Shannon could have been given more to work with.

The movie almost took itself too seriously. The humor that was there was pretty good but a little more wouldn’t have hurt. For example, when Lois was escaping from the alien ship, following Jor-El, taking out Kryptonians with that ray gun thing, it would have been nice to hear her acknowledge how crazy the whole situation was.

The pacing was really off at points. I liked the idea of telling Superman’s story in a non-linear way. However, some of the cuts felt too abrupt to me and often there didn’t seem to be time to breathe and take in what was happening.

I didn’t like the way they killed Jonathan Kent. Pretty much the whole scene was awful to me. I think I understood what they were trying to convey but I just wish they found a different way to do it. I’m not comfortable with Clark Kent standing by and doing nothing when he could have saved his dad. Also, I’m pretty sure telling people to go under an overpass during a tornado is bad advice which makes the scene even more annoying to me. Kent’s death was done WAY better in Superman: The Movie.

Having Superman show more concern for the safety of people in the midst of those jaw dropping action scenes would have been nice.

Superman killing isn’t a deal breaker for me but I sympathize with other Superman fans who were devastated by it. For their sake I wish they would have gone a different route.


I like the film. It isn’t perfect but the good outweighs the bad for me. The last line from Lois is amongst my favorites in any comic book film. “Welcome to the Planet.”

I give Man of Steel an 8 out of 10.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." -Atticus Finch
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