Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El, is a massively overblown sensory experience. The last 40 minutes or so is basically just super-beings destroying a city. It is not romantic, or comedic, or subtle.
Well, then, what is it?
Tell me, I need to know!
Man of Steel is a heck of a lot of fun.
Well shot, well edited, and surprisingly well acted, this umpteenth retelling of the Superman origin story provides all of the action, and most of the story one could hope for from Superman. Henry Cavill, who occasionally looks like he’s playing Wolverine, gives Clark Kent a more stoic, less babble-y demeanor than previous incarnations. Amy Adams in turn gives Lois Lane a more reporter-ly, less hiding-in-a-stranger’s-bushes feel (sorry, low-blow Margot Kidder). And Michael Shannon, oh Michael Shannon. Do you want to see an actor have fun? Put him in space armor and tell him he’s a villain who can fly. I even liked Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and making me like Kevin Costner is a feat by itself.
The action is immense, and fantastic, and at no point do you think you spot a wire holding anyone up. The story, which I’m sure many of you are familiar with, was spun in a just different enough way for me to stay interested.
Did I mention there are flying aliens?
I can hear dissent already. People are whispering “why do they have to keep remaking the same superheroes.”
I’ll tell you, it’s because people don’t care about the Flash. Realistically there are 5-6 superhero stories that we will always gravitate towards, and Superman is at the top of that heap. It’s a good story, they’re going to retell it.
But the reason I most enjoyed it was, for 143 minutes, I was 12 years old again, rooting for the good guy, and believing in the magic of Earth’s yellow sun. That’s worth the price of admission any day. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 11/12/13