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Man of Steel Review

5

Kal-El returns to the big screen in an amazingly entertaining fashion.

Ladies and gentlemen, there's a new "best comic book movie" in town and it goes by the name of Man of Steel. Sporting great performances and breathtaking action sequences, Clark Kent's return thankfully lives up to the mountain of hype and anticipation we've endured for at least several months. This new take on the iconic character delivers a constantly epic atmosphere which mixes a more serious tone with a lot of over the top fun. And when I say "a lot," I mean it.

Yes, this is a reboot of Superman's origin -- a story we've seen countless times before -- but it doesn't suffer from a sense of overfamiliarity at all. They clearly draw elements from various comic stories from time to time ('Earth One' obviously inspired General Zod's broadcast and the symbol standing for hope comes from 'Birthright'), but for the most part, this is a mostly fresh take on the legendary character. After the grand sci-fi opening on Krypton (Russell Crowe's Jor-El is a boss), we fast forward to grown up Clark. From there, we're treated to emotionally compelling flashbacks about him learning to cope with his powers and receiving moral guidance from the Kents. There's some changes here and there to the mythos and I imagine some fans won't dig it, but for the most part, I think it's something many of us won't mind -- especially when countered by all of the things this film does so well.

Remember how The Avengers hit us with an astonishing and goosebump inducing battle in New York? I honestly believed a comic book movie (in the near future, that is) wouldn't be able to bring that level of greatness again, but Man of Steel totally does and then some. The action pieces are absolutely staggering and downright surreal. Director Zack Snyder fully unleashes the power behind these characters and when they throwdown it's visceral, intense and had my jaw dropped basically the entire time. While the two huge action scenes may be a bit too long for some, it was nothing but pure bliss for me -- I seriously can't get over how good they were and I was in awe.

My only minor gripe with these scenes was the lack of concern over the populated areas, but at least they tried to justify it each time (for example, one time Clark is beyond pissed and another time he tells them to leave). After all, Clark is new to this and he's not exactly dictating the fights all the time. It's something I can overlook, but when Clark tackles his enemy through a convenience store and blows up a gas station before the area is evacuated, I'm sure some of you will tilt your heads. And speaking of stores, holy product placement, Batman! If that kind of thing bugs you, then there's sure to be a few moments that'll make you groan.

What really sells every scene (you know, aside from super powered punches) are the superb performances and Hans Zimmer's excellent score. The music simply brings everything to the next level, making even seemingly basic moments come off as extraordinary and legendary. You'll definitely want to see this one in a theater with quality speakers.

Michael Shannon kills it as General Zod, delivering a commanding performance and truly selling the raw emotion behind his standout acts. As for Henry Cavill... well, the man just oozes "Superman." Some may complain he's a man of few words in this film, but the quieter moments with the character allow him to physically convey the tone and he does so extremely well. And, when he does chat, you can really sense the warmth, honesty and good will behind his version of Clark -- and seeing as he's a character meant to inspire us, that's critical. Also, I thought he and Amy Adams had fantastic chemistry and she definitely brings a brave and believable Lois Lane to the table. Aside from one Daily Planet employee having a silly line or two, the remainder of the cast does a more than able job as well.

It's clear Warner Bros. had a "go big or go home" mentality when kicking off the new direction for their DC universe and they delivered big time. I spotted at least two Easter Eggs which filled my face with such a goofy smile and I haven't been this excited about a movie universe's future since Tony Stark met Nick Fury. Speaking of which, there unfortunately wasn't a mid or post credits scene during my screening.

I do have some small problems with the film, but honestly, they're massively overshadowed by the things I loved. This isn't just my favorite comic book movie at the moment -- it's one of the best moviegoing experiences I've had in quite some time. With gripping performances and overflowing with absurdly impressive action, it's safe to say many of you out there will love Man of Steel every bit as much as I did. I know I'm definitely going to see it at least two more times.

504 Comments
Posted by broo1232

Can't wait to see!

Posted by Ms. Omega

So cant wait for this!

Edited by Nerx

Good

Finally, other critics are dumb for comparing to Reeve

The actor passed away at October 10, 2004

other reviewers have their knickers tied up with nostalgia that they forgot to see

EDIT:

so long as he is not a clone or a hybrid then the plot seems cool

or so long as lex is bald, or will be bald

EDIT:

waiting for the 20th

Edited by Reignmaker
Posted by Mucklefluga

5 STARS YES CAN'T WAIT

Edited by Mild_Karl

I want to talk more spoiler-y this weekend about the film, there's a lot, a lot, a lot of stuff going on.

Really dug it, warts and all. It has issues (oh boy does it have issues) but the moments that hit are sublime & will legitimately give you goosebumps.

Posted by tikhunt

Bought my ticket for this a few hours ago, couple that with the Superman Unchained I got today and my Kal-El mosjo is officially on.

Posted by InnerVenom123

YES

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Looking forward to seeing this on Friday.

Edited by LimpoyzLoan

Now this is a real review! Not that Rotten Tomatoes crap.

Posted by Mucklefluga

HURRY UP FRIDAY!

Edited by Mucklefluga

"Ladies and gentlemen, there's a new "best comic book movie" in town and it goes by the name of Man of Steel."

:D

Posted by tikhunt
Posted by Deranged Midget

I'll definitely be reading this after I watch the film on Friday!

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Edited by SandMan_

...I hate you...

But I knew you were going to give it this rating...CURSE YOU XD

I'll see it tomorrow.

Posted by SandMan_

I want to talk more spoiler-y this weekend about the film, there's a lot, a lot, a lot of stuff going on.

Really dug it, warts and all. It has issues (oh boy does it have issues) but the moments that hit are sublime & will legitimately give you goosebumps.

Every movie has issue. Avengers and TDKR has its issue, this one will be no different.

Posted by SavageDragon

Cant wait to see it the day it comes out.

Posted by Nerx

I dont mind spoileriffic words but if any of you post a gif or a video clipping expect a pm with a nasty image coming yer way

and this is a good review by comic fans, for comic fans

nobody does comic adaptations like snyder

Edited by Dark_Vengeance_

@k4tzm4n Can you shoot me a PM on how and where they make a Batman reference please?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Edited by SandMan_

@nerx said:

Good

Finally, other critics are dumb for comparing to Reeve

EDIT:

so long as he is not a clone or a hybrid then the plot seems cool

EDIT:

waiting for the 20th

LOL Indeed.

Posted by TheUnN4med

Can't wait until friday!! I'm so excited for this.

Edited by Bestostero

I wasn't at first, but I'm little excited to see this

Edited by Nerx
Posted by BlueLanternBeast

Seeing it at midnight tomorrow!!! I'm soooo EXCITED!!!!!

Posted by Sammo21

Going to see it Friday night. I can't imagine a final battle exceeding The Avengers because of its great use of placement and all the action being fully visible, but I am coming into this film with an open mind.

Posted by SmashBrawler

5 stars, eh? Well then...

Posted by killyourself

I'm buying tickets in a few hours!

Posted by Rich711

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

Oh man... And I have to wait another week until this comes out in my country...

Edited by Manwhohaseverything

I have to wait till Saturday. Made a deal with the wife, I saw "Great Gatsby"with her. (Actually liked it...though was disappointed Tobey McGuire didn't use his spider-powers even once! :)

Now, she has to see MOS with me, but I think it's unfair to ask her to see it Friday after a 10 hr workday.

Posted by dondave

Cant wait

Posted by Ghidoran

From what I've seen of all these early reviews...it appears that comic book fans are going to love this movie, while those expecting some sort of Oscar winning film are going to be disappointed. Then again, I'm not sure why you would expect anything other than great action and incredible visuals from this....

Posted by k4tzm4n

@rich711 said:

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

Obviously! Warner Bros/DC is quite concerned over Man of Steel so they said, "QUICKLY! SOMEONE BRIBE COMIC VINE! IT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'LL SAVE MAN OF STEEL!"

Or, I spent the review explaining why I loved the movie and believe it deserves 5/5.

Either/or.

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Edited by ittakesageek

I was so happy to read this review, because I had gotten REALLY down reading the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. I need to remember to stay where the geeks are.

Posted by Walzo

@rich711 said:

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey.

Stop being yourself.

Edited by sentryman555

I haven't heard anything for this but they're not doing the marvel thing and having after credit scenes right? The most played out thing in movies nowadays.........

Posted by daredevil21134

@sandman_ said:

...I hate you...

But I knew you were going to give it this rating...CURSE YOU XD

I'll see it tomorrow.

lol

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Posted by clumsyninja

My only complain is that Superman is too serious in the movie. cheer up, dude!

Posted by k4tzm4n

I haven't heard anything for this but they're not doing the marvel thing and having after credit scenes right? The most played out thing in movies nowadays.........

In the review:

Speaking of which, there unfortunately wasn't a mid or post credits scene during my screening.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

HELL YEAH!!! Now Lets make a Flash movie!!!

Posted by SandMan_

@rich711 said:

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

How much did Marvel pay you to accuse him of that? :P

Posted by Mild_Karl

My only complain is that Superman is too serious in the movie. cheer up, dude!

I agree, really hope the next film loosens up a little bit. Grim & serious is the tone for the second film in the trilogy, always! (see: Empire Strikes Back)

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@rich711 said:

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

LOL. IGN give it 9/10. I guess they got paid by DC also.

Edited by UltimateSMfan

i really wanna see how this movie does when its released worldwide and is viewed by the common folk as opposed to these so called expert reviewers who are bad mouthing it.

already got my tickets gonna be the longest two days of my life!!

and also

@k4tzm4n: great review! i normally tend to avoid reviews and judge movies seeing them myself and the past couple of days have been downers cuz im a huge supes fan and these harsh ratings and criticisms are being made about this movie but i really respect the comicvine staff's opinions on all things comic related so i just had to give this a read and it just got me really excited again!! Thx!!

Posted by ittakesageek

@clumsyninja said:

My only complain is that Superman is too serious in the movie. cheer up, dude!

I agree, really hope the next film loosens up a little bit. Grim & serious is the tone for the second film in the trilogy, always! (see: Empire Strikes Back)

I think they were really going out of their way to set it apart from the "Superman thinks we're all chumps" mentality of I and II. In their defense, I think critics would have been equally heavy-handed if they went for anything resembling the humor of the original films - they just need to find middle ground now.

Edited by sentryman555

@k4tzm4n: Ah I must have missed that somehow. Don't get me wrong some after credit scenes are cool but I feel like they take away from the end of some movies rather than add anything.

Posted by k4tzm4n
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Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@rich711 said:

Really?! 5 out of 5 stars?! Did DC pay comicvine to write that or just threaten to cut you off from their creators if you didnt?

It's not like other reviews haven't gave it 5/5 or 10/10 reviews or anything. Get a grip.

Edited by batmannflash

can't wait to watch this on Sunday!

will it be better than Dark Knight?