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‘Man of Steel’ Review

Minor spoilers!

“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.” – Warner Bros.

I have seen a lot of superhero films (by a lot, I mean pretty much all that have been released in the last five or so years), so when reviewing a film like Man of Steel, it’s up against some pretty tough competition. Generally, I’m more of a Marvel fan than DC, and Man of Steel isn’t going to go changing my views on that. It is a good film, but as far as superhero movies go, nothing overly special.

One thing I found this film to be lacking was any real emotion. I didn’t find that there were any big tear-jerker type scenes (think Loki’s “Letting Go” scene in Thor, when Peter Parker turns away Gwen near the end of The Amazing Spiderman or when Charles Xavier gets shot in X-Men: First Class). I did like the flashback scenes with young-Clark, showing how he struggled with being different whilst growing up, and also how he struggled to fit into society when he was grown.

Russell Crowe as Clark Kent’s biological dad Jor-El was the stand-out performer in this film. New-comer Henry Cavill looks and plays the role of Clark Kent extremely well, and you’d never guess that he was a Brit! Also, he is quite nice to look at 😉

There have been a lot of comments about the use of special effects almost taking away from the storyline, particularly in the final half-hour or so of this film. I’ll admit, there are a lot of special effects, but I found them placed throughout the film, so wasn’t worried about the huge amount at the end. The only thing that did bug me about the end of the film was the scale of the destruction. It was a bit too over-the-top for me really. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but it was almost like how I imagine London or one of the big cities in Germany would have looked if every bomb that hit them in WWII had hit within 24 hours. The scale of destruction was a bit too far-fetched. Despite that, the SFX are very well done.

The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer was good and suited the film perfectly, as all soundtracks by the great Mr Zimmer do. Clark Kent’s Superman suit is beautifully made, and looks a lot more grown-up that in other incarnations. Also, that red cape is amazing.

I probably will watch this film again when it’s out of DVD, but won’t be rushing to see it again.

★★★☆

Have you seen Man of Steel? What are your thoughts?

Photos from Hero Complex.

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