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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 havenít 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. Thatís 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 Williamís Superman theme but I LOVED Hans Zimmerís work on this film. Iíve been listening to the soundtrack A LOT. Seriously, Iím 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 donít hire the guy who played Maximus to play a wimpy version of Supermanís 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 planetís destruction he would do anythingÖ kill the entire human race, give up super powers, anything, to bring Krypton back. Shannonís speech towards the end was really terrific. In Zodís mind everything he did was for the good of his people. Way more unique than the typical science experiment went wrong and now this guyís 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 isnít from Earth.

ďCan I just keep pretending Iím your son?Ē

ďYou are my son.Ē

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.

ďIt didnít make much difference.Ē

ďIt did to me.Ē

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. Sheís 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 filmÖ THE ACTION! This movie featured some of the best action Iíve ever seen in a comic book film. When Superman and Zod were punching each other around all over the place, I couldnít 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 donít think they took full advantage of their talents. For example, look at Amy Adams. Sheís great at humor and she wasnít 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 wouldnít 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 Supermanís story in a non-linear way. However, some of the cuts felt too abrupt to me and often there didnít seem to be time to breathe and take in what was happening.

I didnít 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. Iím not comfortable with Clark Kent standing by and doing nothing when he could have saved his dad. Also, Iím pretty sure telling people to go under an overpass during a tornado is bad advice which makes the scene even more annoying to me. Kentís 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 isnít 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.


Conclusion:

I like the film. It isnít perfect but the good outweighs the bad for me. The last line from Lois is amongst my favorites in any comic book film. ďWelcome to the Planet.Ē

I give Man of Steel an 8 out of 10.








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