movies-man-of-steel-dvd-coverWarner Bros.
2013
PG-13

“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

I suppose it was inevitable that one of the most iconic superheroes spanning several entertainment medias would get the turn at the whole modern reboot for the big screen.  Whether or not it was really warranted is still up for debate, I guess.  Regardless, a reboot to the floundering Superman movie franchise was made, brought to us by the guy who has helmed other movies based on comic books – namely 300 and Watchmen – and the inevitable splitting of the fanbase occurred.  T’was rather amusing watching the flood of varying responses to Man Of Steel.

One thing was for certain for me concerning Man Of Steel- I decided to wait until a rental was available to watch this anticipated movie.  And now that its finally out on DVD and I’ve given it a watch, I can now throw in my piddly two cents into the fanboy quagmire.

And amidst all the echoing screams of “UNDERWHELMING!” and “SUPER-LAME!” and others calling for the head of Zack Snyder, I take a deep breath and proclaim:

Man Of Steel was a pretty good movie.

Maybe it’s my lack of emotional investment in the Superman character (really more of a Batman kind of guy) or even my lowered expectations concerning high anticipation and over-hyped blockbusters like this, but I found myself enjoying Man Of Steel far more than I thought I would.

And that, I believe, maybe had something to do with me going in not expecting Man Of Steel to be a straight remake of Superman: The Movie; instead, Man Of Steel managed to be its own movie about everyone’s favorite surviving member of an extinct alien planet who chooses to be the guardian of his adopted one.

Not that the movie is without its flaws.  The entire first act set on Krypton seemed like one of the battle scenes in one of the Star Wars prequels (though, it was admittedly cool), the motivation behind Jonathan Kent’s death seemed more pointless rather than a heart-rendering pivital moment, and I don’t think I’m the only one not satisfied with the explanation of how Zod and his minions escaped the Phantom Zone.  Also, the whole Christ imagery thing was a bit more blatant in places here, like when Supes mentions that he’s 33 years of age, to say nothing of the “spot the Christ pose” moment.  Anyway…

Overall, though, most of the complaints I’ve come across about Man Of Steel were what I enjoyed about the movie; the slightly non-linear way the story unfolded, the portrayal of the characters – Henry Cavill was rather good as the coming-of-age Kal El, and while she’s no Margot Kider, Amy Adams made a convincing Lois Lane – and the action scenes that would give Michael Bay a joygasm.  And not to distract at all from Terrance Stamp’s iconic portrayal, but here Zod’s character motivation was a lot more (for lack of a better word) believable than just the standard “I’m a power-hungry megalomaniac, and that’s what we do” villain.

So, I would say that, yes I rather enjoyed Man Of Steel.  It didn’t change my life the way the original Christopher Reeve classic did, but it didn’t insult my intelligence and entertained me for the two-and-a-half hour run and managed to be its own entity.  Worth a rental, maybe even a bare-bones purchase in the future.

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