Absolutely my favorite Superman thus far! Loved it. Finally we get a Superman that feels real and believable. We see the loneliness of being forever different. We see the personal struggle to do what’s right and carry the given powers responsibly. And the movie delivers on the visual aspects that will surely make the comic books fanatics feel like they got what they came for.
The critics have been mildly positive about it. But critics live in this odd bubble of cynicism anyway, so what else to expect? Quite often the movies that take them out of that grey sphere and into more summery fields, are movies that make the broader public fall asleep due to boredom.
I thought Man of Steel ruled!! And I am not a Superman fan. I found the guy to be a total douche previously. But the moment the trailer hit the theaters with the image of Henry Cavill on a fishing boat, looking rough, unkempt, and totally inconspicuous – I was intrigued. This was a Superman that made sense to me.
Just imagine growing up knowing you do not belong. Maybe even realizing you’re a different species and constantly having to keep that identity hidden. That defines a person’s character. The fact that this Superman choses to shun people while awaiting his destiny, made all the sense in the world to me. He had to be forced to reveal himself. He never would have stepped up to the role of humanity’s savior if not left without any other option.
Had he stepped into the spotlights too easily, he would have been a total attention whore and I would not have been writing this review. :) But this Superman is a no-nonsense type of guy. And that translates into his relationship with Lois Lane. The line he delivers once they finally kiss… loved it. Especially because he simply walks away afterwards. And I must say I liked this Lois Lane much better as well. I have read multiple reviews that found her to be dull. I have no idea why people feel that way. This Lois Lane is the first person to figure Superman out. Like a true brilliant investigative journalist would… How can anyone like the old Lois Lane better? She has Superman sitting under her nose the whole time and doesn’t even realize it. If anything I think the writers wanted to mock journalists by personifying them in a damsel in distress character that only delivers witty lines but never gets the point.
There is much more I can add to this review. For example – the costume. Yes! No more red underpants. No more spandex. We get a chain mail type of suit, which looks totally badass. The movie starts with an introduction to Krypton just before its demise and baby-Superman’s departure. We get a view of the planet, the technology as well as the suits. And we see that Jor-El – Superman’s father – is wearing a suit with an S on it as well. THAT suit rocked. I would love to see Superman donning this dark color palette in the next movie. Maybe even leaving the cape at home. (It doesn’t fit the character outline in my opinion.)
Then there is the great supporting cast. Kevin Costner – wow! that’s Pa Kent as we’ve never seen before. Then there are really tough villains. They had a cause which was understandable in a way. And Superman saw it too. In the final fight sequence he struggled with what he had to do to end the bloodshed. There is plenty of special effects and action sequences to satisfy the most superhero craving audiences. This is Superman. Immune to bullets and explosions and other stuff we little humans kill each other with. We do not have to watch him fight petty criminals. Instead we get an intergalactic showdown in the middle of Metropolis. Totally satisfying. (Even though I would have opted for a change in scenery throughout the fight. I mean, surely Superman would lead General Zod away from Metropolis to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. So why keep the whole fight there?)
But, overall – I am definitely recommending this movie to every one of you!!
Go and see! And see it in the cinema. It carries more than enough visual as well as audio appeal to be worthy of a cinematic experience.
If you have seen it already and want to share your opinion, please comment below. Would love to hear from you!