Man Of Steel (2013) Review

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Man Of Steel

Directed by Zack Snyder

Produced by
Christopher Nolan
Charles Roven
Emma Thomas
Deborah Snyder

Starring
Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Diane Lane
Kevin Costner
Laurence Fishburne
Antje Traue
Ayelet Zurer
Russell Crowe

Music by Hans Zimmer

Plot Synopsis:

Honestly, I can’t be bothered. Lol! It’s Superman. You know the general plot.

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My Opinion (no spoilers):

My reviews have gotten way too wordy. This movie will have already been reviewed a lot (I’m looking forward to catching up on all your great reviews here now that I’ve seen this). So I’m going to try to keep this short & sweet by doing my “good” and “not so good” thing.

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The Good:

– The casting. It was excellent. So many people in this were the exact right choices for their roles. I thought the very best were actually Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon. Now, Crowe and Costner are NOT actors I like all that much. But they were bloody PERFECT in these roles. And, luckily, Crowe doesn’t sing in this one. Lol. As for Superman himself, Henry Cavill, he seemed the right choice. I’ve only just seen this so still thinking about it. He certainly has the perfect look to play Superman (as I picture Superman which, to my mind because of my age, is mostly Christopher Reeve). I know nothing of the comics (give me a break – I’m a girl). :-p But his look seems just right. And Amy Adams is my favorite actress so I’ll say nothing bad about her. She’s sweet and has an adorable little nose. But she’s the one my hubby didn’t think fit the part. I dunno. I’ll let others decide on that – I just like her as an actress.

– The beginning. It was a little hard to get into at first as it’s very different from the 1978 Superman I grew up with and have an affection for even though I know it’s far from perfect. But thinking about it now, I really liked how Man Of Steel started. It was great seeing so much of his world and getting to know more of his backstory than I previously knew (I have very little Superman knowledge).

– Superman’s families. On his home world and on Earth. As I said, it was great seeing more of his home world and his mother & father. Crowe was perfect as his father. Ayelet Zurer, his mother, seemed a good choice as well from what we see of her. And as I said, Kevin Costner & Diane Lane were absolutely perfect. My favorite bits of the whole movie were probably the ones with Superman & both these families. Very good character development as far as all the parents & their relationships with Superman were concerned.

– Shirtless Superman. Very nice. Overall, he’s not my type. The face is too chiseled and I like my dark-haired guys to have chocolate brown eyes and I like them to have more of a “boy next door” look. He’s too handsome. Nice bare chest, though! And a bit of hair on his chest – not one of these hairless girly boys. Think I preferred him with the beard, too – hides that crazy “man of steel” jaw. Am I going on too much? I’ll shut up now. (Thor is hotter) πŸ˜‰

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The Not So Good:

– Too much action & too much CGI. Yes, there CAN be too much action sometimes and there was too much in this, especially at the end. And too much CGI ALWAYS annoys me. I’m old school that way.

– Some of the character development. It wasn’t too bad at first but I really was expecting more than we got and am a little disappointed by that. Lois Lane was probably the most underdeveloped. Oh, and those she works with – we were suddenly meant to care about them at the end when we’d seen so little of them. And Superman himself could have done with a bit more development. They did try with him, however. But it didn’t QUITE work for me. I didn’t feel his “internal struggle superhero thang” as much as I’d have liked – I think they almost achieved this then messed it up at the end by going so overboard on the action. I’m not entirely sure if this was the fault of the actor, or the script, or what. Perhaps he wasn’t exactly right for the role? I’ve still not decided. And I didn’t fully buy into his relationship with Lois Lane. That felt a bit weak. Thank god for Superman’s parents – without the scenes with them, I think I’d have felt nothing at all for his character. He just really lacks a personality in this. However, we get a little glimpse of personality at the end that I’m really REALLY hoping we get to see more of in a sequel. Give him a personality! And more shirtless scenes.

The flashbacks. This is a minor thing but I didn’t like them showing his childhood & teen years in flashback. I felt the movie kind of lost something doing it this way. I really would have liked to see him grow up on Earth in chronological order. I just didn’t like the “back and forth” at that point in the movie. Plus I’d have liked to see much more of his younger years to better understand his character, especially as the second half of the movie ended up so disappointing compared to the first half.

The finale. It was too much. It was too long. It was WAY over the top. The more I think about it, the more I really did NOT like the last 45 minutes or so of this film. Or however long it was – it FELT very long indeed. Very disappointing after such a strong beginning & middle.

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Summary:

A promising reboot with a good beginning & middle that is, unfortunately, almost completely destroyed by a very disappointing and ridiculously over-the-top finale. Some excellent casting, particularly both sets of Superman’s parents, is what saves this film and gives it the depth and character development needed to make the audience care in the slightest about these characters & what happens to them. Without Crowe, Costner, Lane & Zurer (the parents), I have to be honest and say that this film would have been a complete and utter disaster. The final scene, however, gave me a glimmer of hope for the sequel. Overall, the movie IS “promising” in that I think there’s the promise of a brilliant sequel in Superman’s future if they do things right next time and make it far more like the first half than the second half of Man Of Steel. Unfortunately, we’re only given the hope of a great movie in the future instead of a great one this time. Disappointing.

My Rating: 6/10

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So where does Man Of Steel rank in my recent list of My Top Ten Superhero Movies? Have a look HERE. πŸ™‚

And here for all the movies I’ve seen in 2013.

*preparing for the angry comments… Lol!* *Especially now that I’ve edited this & lowered the rating…*

47 thoughts on “Man Of Steel (2013) Review

  1. 6.5 isn’t too shabby I suppose but you brought up some relevant issues I have with some over the top superhero films. Like lack of character development and the overuse of CGI. The film sounds like it suffers from an identity crisis of sorts. Too bad. I am looking forward to Crowe, Costner and Lane here as well as Shannon but Cavill I’ll have to make my mind up about after I’ve seen the movie. All together though a very good review and a fun read! Keep ’em coming! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ It sounds like you’re probably going to feel very much the same way that I did about it. Look forward to reading your review when you see it! Post a link here so I don’t miss it. Oh man… If you don’t like the over the top stuff, you might want to leave halfway through. Lol!

    • I do think I’m getting pickier in my old age. πŸ˜‰ Honestly, some of it really was good. Just wish the entire thing would have been good instead of just some parts… :-/

      • I know, you’re not alone, I think you might actually be in the majority. I’m the fanboy, it could have been the worst film ever and I still would’ve loved it :). I will be posting my review tomorrow and you can see my enthusiam first hand LOL. Anyway, terrifc right up!

      • Good – I’m assuming everyone loved it by its high IMDB rating. I’ll finally catch up on reading reviews for it tomorrow. Look forward to reading yours! You can link it here if you want. πŸ™‚

  2. Good review. I liked the flashbacks, I thought it made the movie more interesting. :/ Definitely agree about the end being ridiculously over the top though. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ The flashbacks weren’t horrible – I just found it weird how he was a baby then suddenly a grown man. But I’m being overly picky on that as the end of the movie annoyed me so much that I’m being less forgiving, I think.

  3. I grade my movies on the Netflix scale, and gave this one 3/5 stars, so I’m right there with you, but for different reasons.

    No Superman movie will ever live up to its hype, ever. This is the apex alpha male of all comic books, and you proved that just by saying you don’t know anything about the comics, but you know and love Superman. He’s a mainstream pop icon who has been reimagined in so many ways, there is no way to please everyone who has had some exposure to him, because something someone loved about him will be omitted, misrepresented or completely trampled upon.

    Iron Man jumped from a B-list character with a small, hardcore fanbase to a pop culture icon thanks to his movies. Superman will never get that kind of rub from Hollywood because he’s already too big, so whatever you put on screen will end up being smaller than the mythos of the character himself.

    “He’s too handsome.” I come to the internet to escape from this debilitating problem I suffer from everyday. I don’t need to be reminded of it here!

    I agree with your husband on Amy Adams. She is not Lois Lane.

    • This is all so perfectly stated that I don’t really know what to add… Lol! You’re totally right on everything. And I understand your pain – my hotness is such a struggle for me in daily life. Thank god no one here knows how attractive I am! :-p I still like Amy Adams but, yeah – Lois Lane really means nothing to me as a character…

  4. It’s a good film, but not a great one and I think it missed that final mark to really set it above the other superhero flicks as of late. Oh well, it only gets better from here so I can’t wait. Good review.

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yes, it does leave us with the promise of a better movie to come. As disappointed as I was, I’m looking forward to the next one. I’ll go check out your review…

  5. Good review!! I came to accept the crazy/extended action for the ending because the tension was thoroughly drawn out during the first half of the film. I definitely think they could have used a little LESS CGI because it was dizzying after a few minutes. I just thought the piece was overall pretty excellent despite minor flaws. I really wanted it to have no flaws at all though, considering the storm cloud of hype that came before it’s release. those trailers i think were just wayyy too good

    • Yes – I have to admit that the thought of another Superman reboot left me cold at first. But then the trailers made it look SO good so, yeah – I think my expectations were too high. I keep trying to remind myself that there ARE some very good parts to the film… It’s not BAD… :-/

  6. The whole “Shirtless Superman” had me laughing! And, ew, Thor?! Really?!?! Gag.

    Your husband is WRONG! πŸ˜‰ I think Amy Adams is perfect for the part. I don’t want to see just another pretty-looking blonde woman trying to pass as a “serious” journalist. I want to FEEL it. Adams did just that. Her Lois Lane exudes experience.

    I guess I overlooked it, but you’re right about Lane’s co-workers. In retrospect, those parts dragged. Maybe some scenes of them before the mayhem got lost in the editing room.

    I’d have to disagree with you about the flashbacks. First, I think they are done really well. They are mostly interspersed in the first half, prior to Clark finding the ship and “meeting” Jor-El. Secondly, I thought the flashbacks were effective because they function as reminders to Clark of the lessons he learned from the father who raised him before he meets his biological one. Kind of like an anchor to his human side before he gets to learn his origins.

    • Oh man – Thor is HOT! πŸ™‚ I was fine with Amy Adams as I like her but know a lot of people felt she was wrong for the part.

      Yeah – they really didn’t develop the characters of her co-workers at ALL…

      I suppose I didn’t have a huge problem with the flashbacks and can see why they did things that way. I think it was mainly how he went from newborn to suddenly being a grown man – threw me off a bit at first. I suppose too that, as I liked the scenes with his “human” family the most, I just would have been happy to see even MORE of that. Instead of that crazily excessive over-the-top ending… πŸ˜‰

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  13. LOL I had to come read your review to see what you said haha! Agree with you – the end was LONG. I like Amy Adams, but I don’t think this role suited her. LOVE Henry Cavill. He is so beautiful he hurts my eyes.

    • Lol! I should re-read my review! I think I was pretty fair but it’s one I grew to hate the more I thought about it. And Cavill is FAR too attractive! He’s perfect for the role, really. πŸ™‚ Adams was fine but just felt wrong in the part…

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