Movie Review: Man of Steel

By Stephanie Marinkovic

I have never been a huge Superman fan. Sure, I enjoyed both Brandon Routh’s portrayal in 2006 and Christopher Reeve’s Superman from the 70s/80s but unlike other superhero movies (basically all the Marvel ones) they have never brought out the extreme fangirl side of me. Man of Steel, however, has almost become my new fangirl-y obsession but there were a few things that I think could have been done better.

If you don’t know the story, Kal-El (Superman) is sent to Earth as a baby because the destruction of his home planet, Krypton, is imminent.  Superman’s father, Jor-El sends him to Earth in the hope that one day he’ll be able to stop the humans from making the same mistakes as the Kryptonians and destroying their planet. He is adopted by a couple in Kansas and tries lives his life in the shadows because he is so different. However, Superman isn’t the only Kryptonian survivor. General Zod and some of his army were banished to the Phantom Zone for attempting to overrule the Kryptonian council. They escape the prison to find Superman and begin a new age of Krypton on Earth.

If you know all this already, it feels like it takes a long time to establish. While I thought Krypton looked amazing, especially having lost its icicle-covered appearance, it took way too long to get to the action. The only other thing that I didn’t like was that it was so serious all of the time. I think the audience may have laughed once in the entire 2 hours and 20 minutes.

That said, I really did enjoy the movie. Amy Adams was a fantastic Lois Lane – she wasn’t the damsel in distress for once, which was nice. The second half had some awesomely choreographed fight scenes and though some of the dialogue was made up of cheesy comic book lines, I think it worked really well. Also, look out for Antje Traue who plays Faora-Ul. Even as one of the baddies, she was definitely a stand-out character for me (she’s such a badass, it’s great!)

And of course, there is Henry Cavill. I had my doubts about him before watching Man of Steel but I was blown away by how perfect he was as Superman. My only complaint is that they didn’t put him in his “Clark Kent, reporter” glasses sooner because, damn, he looks great in them!

Overall, I think it’s a fantastic film. It seems to stay true enough to the canon that has already been established, which is great for diehard fans but there’s also enough background for new fans too. The action scenes were huge – they were the type that leave you going oh my god, that was so brilliant! If nothing else, Henry Cavill is so gorgeous, it’s worth going just for him (yes, that is a completely valid reason for seeing a movie). Seriously though, I definitely recommend watching Man of Steel, but you can skip the 3D version. Unlike Star Trek Into Darkness or The Hobbit, it really didn’t add all that much to the experience.

Rating: 3.5/5

Steph @ frangipani princess xoxo

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