Just walking back in the door, I returned home from watching ‘Man of Steel’. My girlfriend had obtained two free pre-screening passes from the local Sacramento radio station 94.7 and so we set off for our movie. Both of us had little expectations for the film we were about to see. I had only seen a few trailers for it and mostly fast food ads promoting Super Sized burgers. And a year prior I had heard that Christopher Nolan would be working on the project as well, but I never really knew much else about the film. So in essence we only went into with what knowledge we had of the Superman franchise itself.
With all that said, the film was phenomenal. A reboot of the Superman franchise retelling the origin story of Clark Kent as well as some history of his home world, Kripton. The pacing of the film right off the bat was excellent. Everything set up in a way that leaves the viewer wanting to see more of what Clark is capable of as well as what he went through growing up and learning to control his natural abilities. In addition to this, the writers also spliced in some comedic moments that proved successful in their timing and were not too cheesy in a way that would take you out of the tone that was already laid out for you.
As the movie continues the flow and pacing are great and only outdone by the fight scenes which are filled to the brim with action. At times I even wondered if they should have changed the title from ‘Man of Steel’ to ‘Man on the Floor’ as most the time someone was getting thrown, bashed, or just clobbered into the pavement. The fights were very stunning with explosions, destruction of property, and well more explosions. Even the final fight scene of the film proved to be very good at creating that on the edge of your seat tension building up to a satisfying and slightly saddening conclusion. The movie really does a great job at keeping you interested while creating this illusion that you are somewhat wearing Clark Kent’s lenses and feeling his frustrations and pains.
Although I truly like this movie and believe this to be one of the blockbusters of the Summer, I did have two gripes with the film. One would have to be the meeting of Lois Lane and Clark Kent. I can’t get into it too much without spoiling some parts of the film but something about it just seemed a little too far fetched for me, but how can I say that when this film is about a man who can fly, deflect bullets, and shoot lasers out of his eyes. The second would have to be that every now and then I would notice lots of shaking from the camera. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem if it fit the right scene, but sometimes the footage would be shaking while two people are just talking on a stationary plane. Maybe I was just too close to the screen or have some sort of minor pet peeve but it was very noticeable to me. But again, don’t let these detract from the film but these two things are very minor when comparing to the value of the movie in a whole.
Man of Steel is a great super hero film, and is an excellent reboot for the story of Clark Kent/Superman. Go out and go see it when it releases in theaters and hopefully if it does well they will pull together their team to create a sequel that is just as good or greater. Oh and look out for the Lex Luthor easter egg. Go watch it!
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