I caught the latest blockbuster super-hero movie – Man of Steel – recently when it screened in local cinemas. I’m not a huge fan of Superman, and I must say I have mixed reviews of this latest film.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Directed by Zack Synder and co-written by Christopher Nolan, this 143 minute long reel bears striking resemblances to others in its class, namely the over-whelming fighting scenes in 300 and the dark and sombre atmosphere seen in Batman Begins and its following sequels.
The movie begins on a rather draggy note, showcasing the birth of Kal-El, or better known as Clark Kent/Superman and his planet’s history and how he eventually landed up on Earth. I felt that this movie seemed to be broken down into two parts, the first one showcasing his beginnings/history, and then on the second part, with everything on set blowing up.
I must admit that the CG used in this movie is impressive, and watching it in 3D would bring you a better experience of all the destruction going on. But explosions and fights aside, Man of Steel brings little joy and humour to the audience, and neither is there any touch or sprinkle of romance in it (except for a short 2-minute kiss towards the end). The relationship of Lois and Clark was not exemplified as per what was screened in previous Superman movies, and if you’d notice long enough, Superman now dispenses with his signature red underpants.
I won’t say that this movie is ridiculous, but perhaps could do better with an additional boost of detailing between the two main characters – after all, people remember Superman as the Man of Steel AND also “Lois and Clark”. It would also be better, in my opinion, if there were lesser explosions. Past the first part of the movie, when Superman started “saving Earth”, everything that involved a fight would see something get blown up. More than that of Batman and it’s installments.
If you are a fan of superheroes and loads of destruction, this movie would leave you clinging in your seat with adrenaline rushing through you for most of the 143 minutes. If not, you’d probably label this in the words of a fellow movie critic – “Script of Steel”.
Man of Steel is screening in all cinemas islandwide. You can catch the sneak previews here: