Saturday, June 15, 2013
I saw Man of Steel last night and I was thoroughly entertained. The cast was top notch and Henry Cavill I felt was perfect in the lead role. Michael Shannon made for a great Zod as well. The Superman/Lois relationship is handled quite differently here, but I didn't mind this slight change to the mythos. The Krypton scenes were amazing and I loved that they borrowed elements from artists like John Byrne for the set and costume design. Superman's two fathers as played by Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner both put their hearts into their roles, and it showed. The effects were amazing, especially the flying scenes. Fans complained that Superman did not actually fight anybody in his last theatrical outing and that certainly is not the case here. If I have a complaint, it's about the scale of destruction in the final hour of the film. Metropolis seems to be pretty much leveled and the death toll must be in the millions, but nobody seems to notice. Clark Kent shows up for work a couple of days later and it's like nothing happened. How is there even a Daily Planet to go to at that point? I'd like to have seen either more evacuation scenes earlier on (so when giant buildings topple it doesn't mean the deaths of thousands) or some scenes of Superman helping with the rebuilding. Still, all in all, I thought it was a blast of a film and if this is truly the kick off to a larger DC movie universe, they are on the right track.