Man of Steel Review
Man of Steel is a sci-fi drama movie based on a combination of Superman movies created in the late 70s to late 80s. The movie is directed by Zack Snyder who had a heavy hand in the action packed digital innovations movie 300 as well as the movie Watchmen, who is known for doing movies on major DC Comic heroes, with his latest being the most recent of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight. Man of Steel starts off introducing the audience to Clark Kent, also known as Superman, as a child when he first learns of his unique powers as well as his home planet. As a young man, Clark Kent adventures to explore where he came from and what he was sent to earth to accomplish. As the movie progresses, he discovers that the hero inside him must surface if he is to save the planet from utter destruction and be the hope for society. With its fresh take on a very classic tale, Man of Steel is the Dark Knight-ification of Superman.
Man of Steel has found little success with critics, but has been praised for the actors and actresses chosen to play the character roles. Henry Cavill was chosen to play the part of Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, and Clark’s parents are played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. This is a high quality group of actors and actresses who also bring an element of star-power to the film. Top critic for Newsday.com, Rafer Guzman agrees and says that the characters complement each other smoothly, especially Kevin Costner, who Guzman refers to as “genuinely moving.”
Critics also praised the visuals and the characters, while finding shortcomings in the overall tone and portrayal of Superman’s character. Many critics agree that Snyder was successful with the visual effects that blended well with the legend of Superman. Top critic from TheAtlantic.com Christopher Orr added, “There’s plenty to like in Snyder’s hectic, rowdy film from the cast to the fluid action sequences to the expansive reimagining of the Superman mythos.” Snyder brought everything he is known for to this movie and more; the CGI is overwhelming in a good way. The changes to Superman’s costume brings a new twist to Superman; no more red tights. Critics ultimately liked how the movie played out adding some new innovations to the Superman people are fond of without changing Superman’s story. On the other hand many critics had a problem with the tone and David Denby from The New Yorker describes the Superman movie as “portentous and solemn.” Moreover, critics feel Man of Steel portrayed Superman as too serious. One critic Rafer Guzman stated Man of Steel missed out on the fun and romantic side of Superman. Critics say the older Supermans were not remotely as serious as Man of Steel, and several critics I have reviewed had the phrase, “Why so serious?” located somewhere on their review. As for the romance, critics did not approve of the relationship between Clark and Lois, which they believe tumbled from the...