Man of Steel (2013) – Movie Review
Starring: Henry Cavil, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner
Directed by: Zack Synder
9 out of 10
After reading the abundance of mixed reviews of “Man of Steel” I went to the midnight premier with lowered expectations, and came away from the film blown away. Yes, the movie has some pacing issues in the first hour and does seem light in character development, but as a whole this movie is a great cinema experience.
First of all, this movie isn’t a traditional super hero origin tale for those accustomed to Marvel’s plethora of recent movie releases. This movie is much more a dark science fiction film that tells the story of a lonely alien forced to protect a planet against the last members of his own race. This interpretation of Superman may scare off fans of the older Christopher Reeve’s movies, but I argue this interpretation makes the character much more relatable.
The Superman of old was known for his high moral values and his motivation to help others at all costs. “Man of Steel” goes in another direction by showing a young Clark Kent learning who is and deciding what kind of person he wants to become. Many comic book fans are turned off by Superman for simply being too powerful, and so this movie does a good job at showing Kent at his weakest both emotionally and physically.
The acting in this movie is phenomenal. Kevin Costner plays Superman’s Earth father, who tries to mold his son into a good person while also urging him to stay out of the spotlight for the good of mankind. Russell Crowe’s performance as Jor-El, Superman’s biological father, rivals Marlon Brando’s performance in the original.
Most of the movie’s action comes in the final act of the movie, and is by far the most visually impressive fights scenes in any movie to date. The fighters move so fast they seem to teleport and the physical destruction of Earth is of a magnitude only seen in disaster movies. The action is comparable to popular anime such as “Dragon Ball Z,” and I say that in the most complimentary way possible.
My only complaint is that the movie does feel rushed, even though it’s over 2 hours in length. Another 30 minutes of screen time could have helped the viewer become more immersed in Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman. I would also have liked more scenes with Kent’s Earth parents, most notably Costner – who gives an Oscar worthy performance in his short time on screen.
This movie is now showing at Columbus’ Carmike 15.