Hello, fellow moviegoers!
The highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens merely a week from today. As this film serves as a kickoff to the entire DC Extended Universe, I thought now would be the perfect time to review the film that started it all, Man of Steel.
Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane. It is a retelling of the origin of the world’s most popular superhero, Superman. I won’t bother explaining the plot to you, because we all know the basics of Superman’s origin story at this point.
Man of Steel is a very divisive film. Some people hate it. Some people love it. Personally, I can't get enough of Man of Steel. This film manages to tell a story that we’ve all heard time and time again, yet they make it completely original at the same time. Director Zack Snyder and Screenwriter David Goyer create an extremely compelling story with Man of Steel.
I would like to start by saying that this film hits the ground running. The portrayal of the planet Krypton in this film was unlike anything we’ve seen before. They really manage to convey that this is an actual planet with ecosystems and an advanced society. It manages to balance on the line between fantastical and realistic. You are actually interested in the planet, which makes the dramatic irony much more emotional when Krypton meets its inevitable fate.
Henry Cavill brought something to the character of Superman that we haven’t really seen on the big screen before. Deep down, he’s a normal person like you and me. He has flaws, which makes him an extremely intriguing character. Yes, he's a boyscout, but he still makes mistakes. Cavill was able to pull off the human and the superhero sides of the character extremely well. I would even go as far to say that he’s my favorite Superman to date. Opposite Cavill, Michael Shannon was brilliant as General Zod. It’s common knowledge that the best villains are the ones that think they are the heroes, and this version of Zod legitimately believes that he is doing the right thing. This makes him an extremely interesting villain, and you’re never bored when he is on screen.
The entire supporting cast fit their roles wonderfully. Amy Adams was a brilliant Lois Lane. Lois’s intelligence and personality were so well portrayed in this performance. There is one decision they made with the character (which I won’t spoil) that added an extra needed level to her. Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe also were fantastic as the two father figures in Clark’s life. Each of them brought something different to their characters, and you can really see how their personalities affected Clark’s when he finally dawned the red cape.
The music by Hans Zimmer is some of his best work, in my opinion. It hits all of the right notes (no pun intended) when it needs to. It was so expressive throughout the entirety of the film. It gives you a sense of awe; it makes you want to cry, and it really gets your heart pumping during the action scenes. This may be one of my favorite scores, period. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the rest of the DC Universe.
I do think the film is a little too long. While I can’t think of any specific scenes that I would have cut out, the film is almost two-and-a-half hours long, and you can tell when you’re watching it. This makes me a little nervous because Batman v. Superman is longer by almost ten minutes. However, like I stated earlier, I can't get enough of Man of Steel, so it's definitely worth it.
This film does a wonderful job setting up an extended universe. While there are no direct references to Batman or the rest of the Justice League, there are plenty of Easter Eggs to Wayne Enterprises and LexCorp to ensure its place in the DC Universe.
I adore Man of Steel. Not only is it one of my favorite comic-book films of all time, but it’s one of my favorite films of all time. No, I’m not saying that because I’m a “DC Fanboy” (whatever that means). I’m not a big fan of the Superman character, and even I say that Man of Steel is an amazing film. I honestly cannot fathom why some people hate it as much as they do. If you haven’t seen Man of Steel, please do yourself a favor and watch it before you see Batman v Superman. You will not regret it.
Yes, I realize that is an extremely high score. But I believe that Man of Steel deserves it wholeheartedly. So what do you think of Man of Steel? Are you excited to see the DC Universe build off of this film? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for more movie reviews and miscellaneous movie thoughts! (Maybe expect some Batman next week. *hint *hint)
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