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The infamous Superman is back on the big screen with the newest adaptation ‘Man Of Steel’. Zack Snyder is behind the new movie and in its opening weekend, ‘Man Of Steel’ racked in $128.7 Million.
Though not the biggest Superman fan, I did not have the highest expectations, which were made even lower by the numerous bad reviews. And yet, even with the low expectation, ‘Man Of Steel’ it still managed to disappoint me.
In this movie Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent finds a spaceship originally from his home planet which allows him to communicate with his biological father Jor-El (Russel Crowe). However finding this ship does not bode well for Clark as it attracts the attention of the General Zod (Michael Shannnon), a man who was once friends with Jor-El before their idealisms conflicted. Clark finds himself in a position that could reveal himself to the entire world in order to stop this man.
The main focus of the movie is Clark Kent’s journey of finding himself. Who he really is, why he is different to other people and what that means for his future. It’s the typical story of boy becoming a man while he discovers his destiny of becoming a great hero. It’s a popular storyline, done before many times in other with male protagonists films such as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Percy Jackson’ and even ‘Harry Potter’.
The first hour of the movie was incredibly bland. Though the first scenes had some very entertaining fighting sequences between Jor-El and General Zod and some and amazing visuals of the fictional planet Krypton (which could be enjoyed in either 2D or 3D) from the introduction of Clark Kent the story began to become quite bland. The characteristic of Clark Kent was not to my taste. He was very serious and uninteresting. Although it is understandable that the general tone of the movie was meant to be quite sombre -as it was a darker twist to the popular superhero- it made it harder to feel interested in the character because in the end he became.
The lack of humour did the film no favours. There was one comical moment where Superman effortless breaking his handcuffs when he is taking into custody but other than that the sombreness of the movie was tiring. It was obvious the movie wanted to take the more heart-breaking angle but even this failed to happen. There are many melancholic moments for example memories of the difficulties Clark faced growing up and admittedly there were sometimes sad but did not move me at all.
Furthermore as the movie progressed the over-abundance of dialogue between characters that explained what the audience could see for themselves on the screen or decipher slowed down the already dragging plot. The dialogue seemed as if it was written by an amateur, the speech did not sound natural it sounded too much like a narration of events instead of a conversation.
Then there’s the last hour of so of the movie which was much more enjoyable but that’s more to do with the mindless amounts of action and fighting. And who doesn’t love a good fighting sequence? We watch as Superman does not only go up against General Zod, but before that he takes on his right-hand lady Faora-Il and other of General Zod’s men. We see Superman use many of his iconic powers such as super-strength, laser eyes and of course his super speed. But the sheer over-exaggeration of the fighting and the level of destruction caused by the fighting. It went on and on and just when you thought it was finished nope here have some more.
However even with the slight over-abundance of action you cannot dispute the fact that this film had some breath-taking visuals. The shots where Superman is flying are some of the best moments in the entire film. There’s an especially amazing scene where Superman flies from space into the earth’s atmosphere and catches a falling Lois Lane (Amy Adams).
Rating: 3/5 – The biggest merit of this film was definitely the visual effects: shots of Superman flying will literally take your breath away. However this does not make up for the films storyline and depressing narration.
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