Movie- Superman: Man of Steel
Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.
Review: I’m going to break this movie review into Likes and Dislikes. I first want to say, however, that I saw this movie at my local drive-in and it certainly adds a lot for action films!
*While I love Lex Luthor as a villain, I like that this first film focused on a baddie from Krypton, General Zod.
*I liked the relationship between Clark and his parents, both biological and adopted.
*Instead of having “growing up Clark” scenes in the beginning of the movie, they were strategically placed in the movie when the information was needed or helped explain the man Clark turned into…based on his past. Definitely a good way of doing things!
*I appreciated the way the movie ended. It sets things up for another movie, yes, but it also differentiates this movie from how other directors do Superman films. Man of Steel is almost a prequel to those type of movies and it certainly makes it different.
*Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman. I think he did a wonderful job, and I liked that he showed Clark’s vulnerability.
*Finally, it was interesting to hear the reasoning for what he does straight from General Zod. It adds a psychological aspect to the question of “good vs. evil” and asks the question “Is Zod the only one at fault?”
*Like a lot of superhero films, this was definitely a bit too long. Random parts throughout felt like they could have been excluded or trimmed down.
*The fight scenes were something that could have been shortened, especially since so much of it was the bad guys shoving and/or throwing each other through buildings, etc. It turned a lot of it into a blur, which wasn’t that engaging for me.
Alright, so obviously more likes than dislikes. I’ve grown up watching a variety of Superman shows and movies as my dad – and then my sister – are big fans. However, I won’t lie and say I know a lot about his history in terms of the comics, etc. Therefore, if you’re curious about that aspect of the movie, you might want to do more research. If you want a good superhero film that tries to make a more unique Superman film…I think you’ll find it here.
Overall, I’d give the movie a B or so. Make the action scenes a bit more interesting for viewers and trim the overall movie down, and it would be a lot better!