I wasn’t really interested in seeing this film because of all the bad reviews. That was until my friend offered me cheap tickets to see it, where the money would be donated to a good cause. Long story short, I’m glad that money was donated because it sure wasn’t worth seeing this movie. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.
Man of Steel is the newest film in a long line of Superman movies. This one was directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Emma Thomas, with a screenplay by David S Goyer.
From the trailer, I was expecting a film that took the viewer through Clark Kent’s (Henry Cavill) childhood and adolescence, before he became the man of steel. However, the actual film shows very little of Kent’s childhood, and what it does show is in the form of flashbacks that are sometimes out of order, and often seemed as though they didn’t fit in with the overall storyline. From the trailer, I thought that this Superman film was going to be different, and it seemed like it was going to be for the first half-hour of the film. However, after that it was obvious that the movie was going to be very cliche and shallow.
The screenplay was pretty terrible, and because of that a lot of the acting came off as bad as well. This caused the character development to be terrible. Films don’t need a script to have character development. Movie’s like Pixar’s Up and Wall-E have shown us that. But Man of Steel failed spectacularly in this field.
The character of Louis Lane (Amy Adams), for example. In previous Superman films, she’s always been seen as the damsel-in-distress and in Man of Steel you can see how hard they’ve tried to make her a strong, intelligent and witty character but in the end, her character became completely unnecessary. Her ‘witty’ lines mostly sounded stupid (except for a select two; “Well, here it’s an ‘S'” and “Welcome to The Planet”) and I’m pretty sure if her character was removed from the film, no one would even notice.
There also wasn’t nearly enough character development for General Zod (Michael Shannon), Clark’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) or Clark’s biological father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe). These character were repeatedly mentioned and emphasised to be very important when the viewer was shown so little about them. Yeah, General Zod is the bad guy, but it wasn’t until near the end that we were shown a tiny glimpse into why he was doing what he was doing, and it just wasn’t enough. Ok, Jonathan raised Clark as his son, but who was he has a person. He kept saying these lines that I could tell were supposed to be important and inspirational, but they just weren’t. So, Jor-El was looking after his son even after he died, but what do we really know about him other than that he probably didn’t agree with Krypton’s reproductive system. These characters had so much potential, they could have done so much more, but in the end what we were shown about them only went skin deep. Even one of the characters I liked Faora (Antje Traue) I only liked because she was so badass. The moment she said anything that just went downhill again. Like, one of her lines was “evolution always wins”. What is that supposed to mean?! Evolution is a process! A process can’t win, it doesn’t make any sense! You’d think someone from a highly advanced planet would know that, but apparently not. I’m pretty sure the only character with any major character development is Clark Kent and that’s only because the movie is based on him.
The things that annoys me most about this is that they had the time for character development, they just filled it with needlessly long action battle scenes that just got incredibly boring by the end. I mean, the special effects were incredible (and in 3D they looked amazing) but there are only so many shock-waves and building falling over I can see before it starts getting very repetitive. By the second half, my friends and I were just laughing at the
sheer number of plot holes and the terrible script. I mean, how many people did Clark actually kill when he unnecessarily caused multiple buildings to topple over. Have a bit of self-control, dude.
Don’t even get me started on the blatant copyright infringement! Ok, I’m probably exaggerated slightly, but it seems like so many scenes from Man of Steel were stolen from other movies (mostly Marvel films funnily enough). For example, there was one scene where one of General Zod’s soldiers was throwing around Clark Kent that looked exactly like when the Hulk was throwing around Loki from The Avengers. There is also the scene when Kent is standing in the street with the Kryptonian’s preparing to fight that also stunningly reminded me of the scene in Thor when Thor and his friends were preparing to fight Loki and the ice giants. There’s also the fact that one of the last things that Kent said to his adoptive father was very similar to what Spiderman said to his uncle before he died. Then there’s the fact that Kent’s father dies at all which doesn’t occur in the Superman comics. There are lots more but there’s no real point in listing them all. The point is that a lot of the scenes seemed to be blatantly copies from other successful franchises. Man of Steel just picked and chose what it wanted.
The music was by Hans Zimmer, and it was decent just very repetitive. I don’t blame him for this, but there’s only so much you can alter a main theme while keeping it ‘epic’ for the hour-long battles scenes (I don’t even think I’m exaggerating that).
So this turned out to be a really long rant more than a review, sorry about that. Hats off to you if you read all 1000 words of it 😛
Favourite character/actor: Clark Kent (Henry Cavill)
Least favourite character/actor: Lois Lane (Amy Adams)
Favourite scene: When Jor-El is showing Lois the way to go
Least favourite scene: The extended fight scenes that kept on going
Rating; 1.5/5 stars (Purely because of the awesome special effects, and his cape. I loved his cape! Also, the humour, even if it was unintentional.)