Skip to main content

Incredibles 2 All-New Teaser Trailer, Poster & Image

Man Of Steel Review. Brings Superman IntoTthe 21st Century

Man Of Steel Review
By: MattInRC

The epic and beautiful Man of Steel returns Superman to the big screen and settles a long-standing debate.


If you've a fan of the online series Honest Trailers, you know their finest effort (The Avengers) laughingly tells audiences that as a result of Marvel's command of the box office, competitor DC has been placed on 'suicide watch.' Who could blame them: after a commercially successful but disappointing Dark Knight Rises and still stinging from the awful Green Lantern, the studio that first brought comic book heroes into the modern era seemed adrift and down for the count. Luckily the release of Man of Steel proves DC still has some fight in them, producing a beautifully-shot and thoroughly-enjoyable effort, even if some character development is lacking.


The story of Kal-El/Superman begins on the distant planet of Krypton, which is embroiled in a civil war between the established leadership and the war hero-turned-traitor General Zod (Michael Shannon, Premium Rush). The reasons for this unnecessary conflict stem from the debate about whether Krypton's core will soon explode, or if the calculations of Jor-El (Russell Crowe, Gladiator) are incorrect. As the civil war is put down, Zod and his fellow conspirators are sentenced to an eternity in a black hole called the Phantom Zone, while Krypton implodes under a depleted core. In a desperate effort to continue their planet's heritage, Jor-El and his wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer, Angels and Demons) send their newborn son to Earth. There, he is raised in the town of Smallville by Martha (Diane Lane, Under the Tuscan Sun) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams), who try unsuccessfully to keep his powers a secret. As the son Clark (Henry Cavill, Immortals) grows into manhood, he drifts from job to job while searching for his true identity, but is ultimately drawn to saving people along the way. Enter the journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams, The Muppets), who's been tracking Kal-El and his super-human feats of wonder. As he learns of his planet's history, Kal soon dons the famous red cape, and just in time. Zod arrives at Earth along with his contingent of convicts to destroy Superman and begin a new Krypton on Earth. As the two square off in a series of land, air, sea, and space battles, Superman must defend the people of Earth, while fighting the urge to commit the one act he's promised never to do.


Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) weaves a beautifully epic production with a keen eye on Superman's past. He clearly respects every aspect of the Caped Crusader, from the majesty of flight, to his strength and heat vision. Snyder gets Superman. But it's also the terrific work of Writer David S. Goyer (Dark Knight series), who produces a deep and powerful script about a alien struggling to find his sense of self while keeping his new home safe from terribly destructive people. Goyer also throws enough DC tips-of-the-hat to keep hardcore fans interested, even if some of the purists may walk away feeling unconvinced. Going in to this picture, my most pressing concern was whether a hero created not to kill could in fact do what was necessary, if forced to do so; if not, our new world order of ultra-violence could reject his story outright, and the franchise would again suffer a period of indignity. Goyer presents a powerful remedy that effectively solves the matter. We're left in the moments afterwards with our mouths open in shock, but it's this kind of resolution that our hero needs and one the audience relishes when it arrives.


Cavill plays a very likeable Supes, but it's his stellar supporting cast of Oscar winners and exceptional new talent around him that help tell the whole story so effectively. Many times we witness ensemble pieces that struggle to tell everyone's story. This is the only knock against Man of Steel, for there's just not enough time to weave thorough tales for everyone. Goyer chooses the Kents, Zod, and Jor-El, while the Daily Planet's Perry White (Lawrence Fishburne, The Matrix) and Lane are probably left for future films. In the end, we love the whole and immense roles of the previous, and look with anticipation to seeing more of the latter. This is not just an origin story for Superman, fixated on a single event that may or may not succeed, but for the entire human universe connected with this iconic character - I can give them a pass for not covering everyone to our expectations. To leave the theater with such a satisfying feeling is rare even for Marvel, who's made a name for itself by doing what Man of Steel achieves so well. A Hollywood where two excellent superhero universes thrive is better for fans and for the genre as a whole. Who knows where this new one will take us, but it's clear that co-Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight series), Snyder, and Goyer have things well in hand.

Man of Steel is a sweeping effort to be sure. Goyer and Snyder shine in bringing Superman into the 21st Century, leading the impressive cast through the best comic book movie of the year so far, and perhaps one of the best films of 2013. In many ways, Man of Steel proves that a boy-scout superhero born to defend American values can survive and even thrive in today's deadlier, more subjective society. Whether purists like what's in store for them is anyone's guess; but for now, DC is back on the map and off suicide watch. Man of Steel is rated PG-13 for violence and has a runtime of 143 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.

Please Leave A Comment-

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Morbius: The Living Vampire Film In The Works

The Spider spin-offs keep on coming! With Venom now shooting, an even more obscure character from the web-slinger's extensive comicbook past has now been unearthed, with plans for a movie. Power Rangers writing duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are in talks to craft the script for Morbius: The Living Vampire.

Sony is pushing ahead with another potential Spider-movie, which, like Venom, is unlikely to be linked to the MCU. What it will boast, however, is the story of Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats. The results are predictably catastrophic, and he's transformed into... well, the title should be a clue. He has some of the traditional vampiric qualities – he ingests blood to live, and conversely is not fond of bright light. He can fly, has superhuman strength and healing capabilities. When he bites victims and drinks their blood, his attac…

Enter For A Chance To Win A Family Four Pack To See COCO In Minnesota

© 2017 Disney/Pixar Enter for your chance to win a family four pack to see COCO in Minnesota on November 15th at 7:30PM.

In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” aspiring musician Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.



In theatres November 22!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

Website: movies.disney.com/coco
Facebook: /PixarCoco
Twitter: @pixarcoco
Hashtag: #PixarCoco

While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit one (1) admit-two pass per person. This film is rated PG. Must be 13 years of age or older to win passes. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by [12:00PM], [11-19-2017] to be eligible to receive pass. Winners will be contacted via e-mail to receive their pass. Sponsors not responsible for…

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DARKEST HOUR In Dallas

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DARKEST HOUR on December 5th at 7:00 PM in Dallas

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering around his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.



CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

#DarkestHour
http://www.DarkestHourFilm.com
https://www.facebook.com/darkesthourfilm
https://twitter.c…