Man of Steel (12A)

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Fri Jul 20 2012

It’s a cliché followed by a yawn when the makers of comic-book movies boast about how ‘real’ and ‘psychological’ their stories are. Yes, we know, Spider-Man and Batman were just troubled sons with daddy issues. But it’s harder to make those claims for a Superman tale, even when the producer is ‘Batman’ regenerator Christopher Nolan – a man with more backstories than an osteopath. Just how ‘real’ can the story of a genetically-modified baby launched to Earth from a planet called Krypton ever feel?

And so it’s no surprise that ‘Man of Steel’ feels both modern and traditional – a halfway house between the broodier Nolan way of shaking things up and the louder, bone-crunching style that director Zack Snyder established with films such as ‘300’ and ‘Sucker Punch’. ‘Man of Steel’ is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy.

It opens with a lengthy preamble explaining how Jor-El (Russell Crowe) launched his son Kal to Earth just as his planet was falling apart, and how failed coup leader General Zod (Michael Shannon, a muted villain) was banished at the same time. It’s here, and at the end, that Snyder is at his most baroque: first, he indulges the weird science of Krypton and, later, he enjoys giving America a vicious pounding when Zod tracks down Superman.

It’s in the middle section, post-Krypton, pre-showdown, that the film hits its stride. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill, a good choice for Superman: solid, sturdy, fairly anonymous) is a twentysomething wanderer uneasy with his powers. Rather than leading us through his whole life so far, Snyder tells the tale of Kent reconnecting with his past, finding the super-suit (unshiny, like the movie) and testing his powers, while often flashing back to his childhood. Soon, journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) knows what’s up. Adams’s character is different to the Margot Kidder version: she’s a tough-cookie investigator and not the sort to be hoodwinked by a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and a comb-over.

Mostly, this ‘Superman’ is more action than angst. But those daddy issues are still in play. Crowe – never an actor to show his ticklish side – plays Jor-El like he’s Hamlet’s father. Kevin Costner is Superman’s Earth dad in pastoral scenes full of cornfields, clothes on the line and snapshots of an easier time which look like they were conceived soon after a screening of Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’.

At times, you wish for a quick dash into a phone box and a cat that needs rescuing from a tree. Snyder is no party pooper, though. He might not resurrect Superman’s old theme tune, nor does he allow the word ‘Superman’ to be spoken (it’s all Clark and Kal). But by the end, he’s teased in some of the more amusing elements of the old story we thought were missing, leaving the way open for a sequel that will surely be more Earthbound.

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12A

UK release:

Fri Jun 14, 2013

Duration:

143 mins

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Director:

Zack Snyder

Cast:

Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams

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Alex Jenkins

Absolutely loved it. I grew up on the Reeve films and what Man Of Steel did was absolutely spot on, it left it (the Reeve films) behind, it's its own entity, which is what was needed. Superman Returns was sweet for its homage, the plane scene i the baseball field was great, but it was a love note to the past with some great moments and some very quiet others. Man of Steel has been cited as too much action, total destruction of the city was too much and not in keeping with the comics and what they stand for...wrong. Take a look back to the very late 60s issues and you'll find mass destruction right there on the cover of one key issue! Not everyone knows the back story, people who say this are living this for themselves, which is crazy, the only way these stories survive is to enter the mindset of the next generation to take them on further. Kids that have been born in the last ten years etc are only really seeing him for the first time, this is their Reeve, which is just great, especially when you've got people like Shannon as their first villain too! This movie was made for the fans by fans, made for kids through to grandparents, which is just how it should be. No, the Superman theme as we know it wasn't there, but instead was a heart pounding substitute that filled my senses every time i heard it (how many times did i watch the trailer online just to hear the score? Wow. No, this movie wasn't the Reeve version, it was something else...something great. At 42, i've read and been into all kinds of movies, comics, shows etc, slowly becoming jaded at somethings having seen so much, i'm even more of a Batfan than i am a Superfan, but my anticipation along with a friend who is a Superfan was at an all time high prior to the movie coming out and we were rewarded with an absolute treat. I saw it twice in a week. Snyder offers up another film worthy of comic book fans old and new, i loved the Watchmen, I loved 300 and i will wait with more anticipation for the new movie with the Worlds Finest included. Snyder offers up popcorn with drama, action and heart, which is what the comics have always been about, so a huge thanks goes to him and his team. He's provided a movie among others that i could only dream of being made when i was a boy, then a teenager. Clark becomes Superman, he also becomes a protector, he knows what he must do to protect his surroundings, those he loves as well as those he doesn't even know, because it's right. It's set up perfectly for the next film. In one word...'Super'.

Alex Jenkins

Absolutely loved it. I grew up on the Reeve films and what Man Of Steel did was absolutely spot on, it left it (the Reeve films) behind, it's its own entity, which is what was needed. Superman Returns was sweet for its homage, the plane scene i the baseball field was great, but it was a love note to the past with some great moments and some very quiet others. Man of Steel has been cited as too much action, total destruction of the city was too much and not in keeping with the comics and what they stand for...wrong. Take a look back to the very late 60s issues and you'll find mass destruction right there on the cover of one key issue! Not everyone knows the back story, people who say this are living this for themselves, which is crazy, the only way these stories survive is to enter the mindset of the next generation to take them on further. Kids that have been born in the last ten years etc are only really seeing him for the first time, this is their Reeve, which is just great, especially when you've got people like Shannon as their first villain too! This movie was made for the fans by fans, made for kids through to grandparents, which is just how it should be. No, the Superman theme as we know it wasn't there, but instead was a heart pounding substitute that filled my senses every time i heard it (how many times did i watch the trailer online just to hear the score? Wow. No, this movie wasn't the Reeve version, it was something else...something great. At 42, i've read and been into all kinds of movies, comics, shows etc, slowly becoming jaded at somethings having seen so much, i'm even more of a Batfan than i am a Superfan, but my anticipation along with a friend who is a Superfan was at an all time high prior to the movie coming out and we were rewarded with an absolute treat. I saw it twice in a week. Snyder offers up another film worthy of comic book fans old and new, i loved the Watchmen, I loved 300 and i will wait with more anticipation for the new movie with the Worlds Finest included. Snyder offers up popcorn with drama, action and heart, which is what the comics have always been about, so a huge thanks goes to him and his team. He's provided a movie among others that i could only dream of being made when i was a boy, then a teenager. Clark becomes Superman, he also becomes a protector, he knows what he must do to protect his surroundings, those he loves as well as those he doesn't even know, because it's right. It's set up perfectly for the next film. In one word...'Super'.

carl

Endless CGI fighting and wooden acting from the lead means you might as well get the video game (I'm sure there's one!) which is what this looks like. You've seen this all before trust me, only Russell Crowe, God bless him has any charisma to bring and the spaceship design is very cool, but it's not enough to save the dull script, and total absence of humour.

John

This seemed like two movies. The first part was pretty good with regard to plot, although the constant flashback sequences were a bit hard to follow. The second part of nonstop, ridiculous action was about the worst I've ever seen. There were two or three times during this action sequence or whatever you call it that I was crying out for the movie to end. All in all, this one made me vow to never see another superhero movie again.

Julien

Just about ok film... with no scenario apart from one already used time and time again... Next year how many more Marvel comic characters reuseable films are we going to suffer?

Ben Margolis

I absolutely loved the first hour and a half, to two hours of this film. It was clever, it was intersting, and it dealt with some really interesting issues which had never been seen in a Superman film before. However, as soon as the action started, the film became tedious and boring. Gone was the emotional story, replaced by invincible Kryptonians being piledrived into buildings over, and over again for about 45 minutes. This completely ruined the film for me, and by the end, all I could think of was that awful last act, as opposed to the incredibly well done first two acts.

Clarke Kent

As a fan of the Superman franchise I was extremely disappointed. Lengthy boring back story, when everyone knows the story. Massive reliance on the latest CGI development. How many more Super Hero Movies do I have to sit through where half of the film is the extensive destruction of a nondescript city. It's BORING!! The best things about this film.....Henry Chabrol. And as always a solid performance from Russell Crowe. I will not be buying this one on DVD.

critique

First-rate action movie with superbly choreographed combat sequences. Shannon, Costner and Antje Traue each bring genuine presence to their role and Costner`s tornado scene is a surprisingly touching moment.

TREGGLE2000

Mind-blowing! I watched this film in IMAX 3D (we all know it makes it better) and it blew me away the way it starts makes you feel for superman and the first 40 minutes extend on that making you love him, you grow up with him in different stages and then after that it just gets better. You will hate General Zodd from the moment you see him (that makes a film a lot better) the fight scenes just get better over time becoming more futuristic. Lois Lane has a big impact too. I Love this film and will defiantly get the DVD. 4 1/2 stars WATCH IT NOW!!!

Dimitris

Henry Cavill proves to be a good choice for the role of Superman. He may not be a great actor but he has the right appearance and voice. The action sequences are frequent, long and impressive. A Superman movie needs to have a lot of destruction and this is what you get here. Also, the visual effects and the overall design are well made. There are several drawbacks though: Amy Adams is a forgettable Lois Lane, characters are not developped and the story lacks dramatic tension and originality. Still, if you are a fan of super hero movies you should not miss this. For a complete review look here: argonautis.eu/man_of_steel.htm

Andy S

A stunning rehashing of the ultimate superhero's origins, beautifully played by the entire cast, and I think Time Out here the review spot on. OK, a few gripes aside, there is a feeling of awe and delight when Kalel finally dons the cape and flies around, and Cavill plays a very convincing lead struggling to Cary the weight of the world on his shoulders. OK, the final 40 minutes turn into a slam fest which we saw last year in Avengers Assemble, but this really has more depth and seriousness. My favourite scenes were actually Costner's, especially the hurricane moment which brought a lump in my throat. What people forget is that a man becomes his true person by how he has been raised, and this resonates perfectly in Man of Steel. The real savoirs are the Kents by raising Clarke how they did, and that has never been so expertly executed in a Superman film until now.

Andy S

A stunning rehashing of the ultimate superhero's origins, beautifully played by the entire cast, and I think Time Out here the review spot on. OK, a few gripes aside, there is a feeling of awe and delight when Kalel finally dons the cape and flies around, and Cavill plays a very convincing lead struggling to Cary the weight of the world on his shoulders. OK, the final 40 minutes turn into a slam fest which we saw last year in Avengers Assemble, but this really has more depth and seriousness. My favourite scenes were actually Costner's, especially the hurricane moment which brought a lump in my throat. What people forget is that a man becomes his true person by how he has been raised, and this resonates perfectly in Man of Steel. The real savoirs are the Kents by raising Clarke how they did, and that has never been so expertly executed in a Superman film until now.

Ricki James

Best film this year, the moral is great, the acting is great, the script is great. Cinematography is epic, the movie will be a joy to those with open minds and hearts.

Ricki James

Best film this year, the moral is great, the acting is great, the script is great. Cinematography is epic, the movie will be a joy to those with open minds and hearts.

jules

So sad that hollywood ruin my childhood memories, lets trade in story and characters for explosions and cgi effects

Jay

For those of my generation who experienced Richard Donner's 1978 'Superman The Movie', it was always going to be an uphill struggle for anyone to overshadow it, because of the film (and score) being so embedded in our conciousness for years. Singer tried, and failed, by giving us an overly referential, so-called sequel with dull performances; then there were hopes that Zack Snyder would disinfect the said snoozefest from our memories with a Suoerman to stand along side the Donner version. The film has it's moments: Performances were great - as too were the scenes involving Costner and Lane; Cavill fitted the role perfectly, with his chiselled profile, to his over-inflated physique; and Michael Shannon was his usual loopy self. Hans Zimmer even dared to apply his own hand at Superman's musical legacy; while not being entirely memorable, fitted the movies aesthetic. The flying sequences were at times frenetic; whilst Chris Reeve showed us the elegance of his wire-pulled balletics, whilst Cavill's came across as Mighty Mouse caught in a pinball machine. The film in the third act had too much going on: a noisy cluster of falling buildings and explosions being one of them (was expecting Optimus Prime to turn up at one point). Well, Richard Donner can sleep at night, yet again. Maybe for the inevitable sequel we will find David.S,Goyer and Zack Snyder (If he returns) will concentrate more on character, whilst turning the explosions down a notch.

Jay

For a lot of those of my generation who witnessed the brilliance of Richard Donner's original, now irrevocably embedded in our minds, to sit through Zack Snyder's over-laden visual effects showreel, it just misses the mark in some places, but can remain an enjoyable action flick, to totally forgettable. Henry Cavill was perfectly cast, with his chisel-jawed good looks, to his overly inflated body; Amy Adams was a vast improvement over the dull persona Kate Bosworth gave us in Singer's version. As with Donner's version, it took it's time; you cared about the characters, with an emotional epicenter that carried the film along - aptly so by John Williams's untimely music. Here we really couldn't care a less about the characters (although the scenes involving Diane Lane, Kevin Costner were the standout). Chris Reeve was more balletic on his flying harness, whilst Cavill was like mighty mouse caught in a ping-pong machine. That said, i enjoyed the movie; Hans Zimmer's score was very good (even if it was at times written for another movie) and Michael Shannon - the standout here - was his perfect loopy self. That body armour was unnecessary! It seems, yet again, that Dick Donner can sleep easy at night - unless of course 'Man Of Steel 2' will prove us wrong...Oh well.

carey

This reviewer included that it is "fun"...must've dozed off, I don't remember anything remotely fun. Movie needed a major re-write. Zero humor, story is muddled not to mention revisionist of basic original storyline. But lots of explosions and amazing special effects. From reading all the fan comments, that seems to be what passes for "amazing" and "awesome" film making today. Big swing and miss IMHO.

Justin Berkovi

This is pretty much how everything can go wrong with a comic or superhero adaptation in cinema. The story and plot was completely disjointed, there was no proper character development but worse the entire film ends up just as one CGI blow 'em up orgy after another. It's a HUGE disappointment. It's almost as if the cast were embarased to say 'superman' in the film and when the legacy is explored, it's almost mocked or ridiculed. A tragedy of a film. Avoid!

Ian

I enjoyed this a lot despite Snyder's direction. It is too loud, too many explosions, there is far to much strobe lighting and unnecessary flying of objects at you to justify the extra for the 3D. When will Directors learn that just because you can do something doesn't mean that you have to? The long final fight scene strikes me as an excuse for Snyder to show off his love of destruction and violence as the protagonists fight over New York. Like Abram's Star Trek film this shows that some of money spent on effects should have gone on the scrip and characterisation. The acting is generally very good when you can hear it over the background noise and explosions. A four star film despite the director not because of him.