Apex Fan Bob Foster shares some thoughts about Superman’s return to theaters.
YOU. DO. NOT. THREATEN. SUPERMAN’S. MOTHER. MAN OF STEEL blew me away. (Vaguely spoilerish) Yes, there were changes to the “standard Superman story”. But what did those changes mean? A keeping of the core of the character with a stripping away of the cheese level that comes from a straight forward Superman the public is used to seeing.
What we do get is both a bigger and a smaller story. Smaller, as in it is Superman’s journey into being Superman. Clark finding Superman in himself, accepting who he is and what he must do. Bigger as well? His personal journey is helped along by MASSIVE and GIANTLY EPIC destruction by way of General Zod (an excellent Michael Shannon – whom I always love) and Faora (quiet but oh so threatening and able to deliver the damage) and some other Kryptonian soldiers who seem just to be just there.
It was amazing to finally be able to see the massive scale of super-powered persons wail into each other. I think I liked the Smallville battle more than I did the climax. Some have given negative remarks on just about 70 minutes of action on the back half after a first half being more character driven (along with that action based prologue). I didn’t mind.
There has been a great deal of Internet chat over the amount of property damage and widespread death throughout Metropolis in the finale; and the fact Superman does little to stop it – even contributing more. This is very true. While off-putting to see this in a Superman movie, Superman is still green at this whole “saving the world” thing. The enormity of what happens and the final bit will ground the Big Blue Boy Scout in sequels by weighing on his shoulders.
All the performers really held their ground. Big props to Diane Lane as Martha Kent. She, and Kevin Coster as JonathanKent absolutely sold me, even with Pa Kent being a bit morbid on how Clark deals with his powers. Russel Crowe presents more Jor-El than we’ve seen before, even if he becomes both Exposition Bot and a literal Deux ex machina. Amy Adams made a terrific Lois – it is a shame she gets lost in the mix for the second half but I look forward to her and Clark working together next time to expose Luthor. It’s nice to see Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White but we don’t have much to connect him with but will presumingly get more of him and the Daily Planet in MAN OF STEEL 2. and of course, Henry Cavill as Superman is spot on.
I’ve tried to be so careful not to spoil much. There is so much more I want to say but don’t want to ruin the fun for anyone else. Seeing it again tomorrow.
One last thing. I SQUEALED, literally, at the opening line of my review.
For more thoughts on MAN OF STEEL, check out ApexFan’s official review here.