Here’s the first thing you need to know about Man of Steel: it’s a very serious movie. As in don’t go into it expecting fun and laughs, because there’s very few to be had.
Zack Snyder‘s latest movie most definitely takes a page from Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy. That is what happens when Nolan not only produces a movie, but also helped to write the story. And Nolan’s hands all over this movie. Although personally I wish we saw more of it.
This is definitely the most restrained we’ve ever seen Zack Snyder, which was something I very much appreciated. Still, this movie falls somewhere between “Meh” and “Good” for me.
Let’s start with all the pros. The movie is beautiful and very well acted. Henry Cavill is definitely an amazing Clark Kent, although much less fun and awkward than Christopher Reeves was. His American accent was great, but quite frankly Clark barely speaks. Oh, and don’t call him Superman in this movie because he’s Clark or his Kryptonian name, Kal-El. Amy Adams was also excellent as Lois Lane. Brash, spunky, very “I can do this myself, gentleman.” Together, I think they left something to be desired, but here’s to hoping the chemistry builds.
As an origins story, it’s done very well. We see Krypton. We see Krypton fall. We see Kal-El’s family. It’s all really amazing. Side note: did Krypton remind anyone else of Gallifrey?
As the villain General Zod, I definitely had some problems with Michael Shannon. He’s an amazing actor, don’t get me wrong, but just not menacing enough for me. Although his monologue towards the end is heartbreaking and must have been what he auditioned with.
So, here are my main problems with the movie. First of all, I still can’t deal with Zack Snyder, even when he’s restrained. My overall issue with him as a director is that he’s really good with style, but not too much with substance, and that’s really a problem when your entire origins movie is based on caring about these characters. To be fair, I think this is the most successful Snyder has been at this, but it’s still lacking.
Also, while the fight scenes are great there are just. so. many. And I cannot even deal with the last one between Superman and Zod. I won’t spoil it for you, other than to say that there’s an awful lot of build up for that climax. My co-worker and I actually looked at each other in that moment and went, “What? Really?!”
But here’s the thing friends, it’s better than Superman Returns and that’s really all we can ask for.