After watching the movie I took to Twitter and announced “Really don’t know how to feel about @ManofSteelMovie. I will have to think on this.” I spent the evening thinking about the movie and I have come to this conclusion: I still don’t know what to think. So I am just going to start writing about ‘Man of Steel’ and see if I can figure out how I feel about it.
BTW…. There will be spoilers… You have been warned…
Let’s start with what I liked about the movie. The casting was excellent. All the actors were spot on with their performances. Michael Shannon was a perfect Zod. Delightfully set in his ways and the reason for who he is and why was tackled well. Amy Adams wasn’t your mother’s Lois Lane. She wasn’t the typical single-minded reporter. Amy brought reality to the role, which that character has needed for 70 years.
The two dads, Jonathan and Jor, were cast and presented well. Kevin Costner as Kal-El’s earthbound father realistically set out the foundation for who Superman should become. Papa Kent’s sacrificing of himself to keep Clark’s secret, I believe, solidified everything Jonathan tried to instill in Clark. JK just wanted his son to
have the best possible life and to protect him as long as he could before Kal-El’s destiny became inevitable. Russell Crowe worked really well as Jor-El. He was the compass that guided Kal-El to where he knows Kal-El should go and be. That played well.
Henry Cavill was a good Clark Kent. He found the suit, put it on and became a good Superman. He had the right combination of humility and humor to go along with the gravitas the role needs. The dude looks superhuman. Being a very straight man, when Henry was shirtless I had some mixed feelings about my own sexuality. That is a good looking man. I feel I should now go back and talk about the hotness of Amy Adams for a couple hours now. 🙂
The film was conceived and shot well; the CGI was smooth and effortless on screen. Take the action sequences on Krypton, heck the imagery of Krypton as a whole was beautiful. Art direction and effects will for sure get an Academy nod come next January. The sequences on Earth were nearly seamless. From the looks they used some of the same flying effects that were used in the movie ‘Chronicle’. Which was good. It also looked like they borrowed some effects from Neill Blomkamp’s movie ‘District 9’. Again, another good thing.
Everything was smooth and looked good. There was a lot of action; maybe too much action. As I think back now I realize what my issue with the movie is. It wasn’t so much a superhero action movie as it was a disaster movie that happened to have Superman in it. There was SO much destruction. They demolished nearly all of Metropolis, blowing up a Luther Corp. oil tanker in the process, along with a Wayne Enterprises satellite. Both very nice nods to the DC universe with one being a pointer to the future of the franchise.
I think they could have toned down some of the throwing Kryptonians through buildings. There was just too much ‘tackle and slide a mile’ going on. The action was done well but there was just too much of it. Too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. It just became tedious for me. At one point, and I never do this, I looked at the clock. I had lost interest and it took me out of the film.
So I guess that was my real issue with the movie; that the destruction at the end went on a bit too long and pulled me out of the film. Over all it was a good movie, I see the direction Zach Snyder and David Goyer are headed and the storylines are solid. The aesthetic is pleasing, they just need to work out a balance to the the action bits.