Sunday, June 16, 2013
Man of Steel is the new reboot of the American Icon, Superman, which features dazzling action, loud noises, redundant exposition and some acting. I must admit that I am a huge fan of Superman, and I think that Superman: The Movie is one of the most important films of the 20th century, but my expectations for this film weren't high. I do like Zack Snyder, but he is not a great film maker. He is essentially a director for hire, but he easily makes his films look good. The film did lack subtlety and hit me over the head with annoying amounts of exposition, but, from what I understand, the point of the film is to show a big budget action spectacle. Normally this would bother me, but in the case of Superman, I gave this a pass this time. Most of the good big budget blockbusters have a story to tell, (The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Terminator 2) but a lot of the time they are just lousy, clunky excuses to show visual effects (Transformers, Transformers 2, Transformers 3). Man of Steel kind of meets in the middle. It tries to tell the story of an alien sent to earth from a dying planet who tries to find his place in a world that may reject him out of fear, but really uses character development, and exposition as a means to get to the next action scene. The first act feels like all the scenes are slapped together just to rush the story along. It was a very choppy and sloppy transition. The film also had some very questionable shots, that were obviously lifted from other action films. The visuals, as a whole, were taken from The Avengers, Star Trek and Prometheus. The script was also very questionable, with a lot of puzzling one liners that were laughable at time. Trust me on this, this was not a well made film, but it is watchable. Overall the acting was good, even if a lot of characters were shafted on development, but the best part of the movie, which was my main reason to see this, was General Zod, played by Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Mud). He was the only character that really had depth. He was the most likable character, because he was the only one who was creatively written. My favorite scene is the fight with Superman, Faora, and Nam Ek. There was some pretty cool things that they did with the Kryptonians, especially Faora. Overall, the film is a generic blockbuster, but it is better than most blockbusters, and I thought Superman needed the big, dumb action movie treatment, just to get him back on the map. I say give it a watch, but don't expect something deep.