My review of MAN OF STEEL (because why not) **SPOILERS**
by Dave Diaz
I enjoyed Man of Steel (I think it was better than Iron Man 3.) They could’ve edited down that straight hour or so of the big climatic-action-mega-sequence (yes I know it’s technically 2 or 3 sequences but it was really one huge “under edited” sequence). That alone was like half of the movie. As it’s been a problem with this type of film as of late, more story should have been fit in and some of the action spared. It is especially crucial with this film where the story that was being told was so captivating and well told (even if the Krypton prologue sequence was probably too long as well). I get it, if Earth was being destroyed by aliens there would probably be as much if not more destruction (even if probably all the people in Kansas and in that immediate area of Metropolis aka New York City would have actually died if this were real life. Especially all those people Superman told to go back into their homes in Kansas. They’re definitely goners.). But there was still some overkill. Really Superman do you have to really go out of your way to crush General Zod into another building after like fifty of them were destroyed? As I was watching this I was thinking, ‘If I was playing a drinking game where I had to take a shot every time a building was destroyed I would not survive this game.’
But anyway, I digress. The film finally reeled itself in after the climatic battle and gave us an ending that redeemed the film. (Btw kudos to Superman and this movie for that kill at the end. **Not much of a spoiler. You know the bad guy’s gotta die.** I know you guys wanted to go darker with Superman, but I couldn’t have expected this. Even Batman, the supposedly more conflicted and more interesting character in the DC universe with his “kill no man” code couldn’t even pull off something like this. I don’t want to use the wrong wording here but this movie really wanted to test Kal-El’s spirit and limits and boy did it ever.)
The light touch in the final two scenes (1. Superman discussing the government’s trust issues after he just literally saved their’s and his world, and 2. the even more delectable final scene of him attaining his alter ego of Clark Kent: Daily Globe reporter) harkens back to a Christopher Reeve era Superman, with a more apt tribute than the entirety of Superman Returns.
So in the Superman film where literally almost every scene was physically and thematically testing Superman’s limit, more so than any Superman film in the past, this one on merit and many other qualities can stand alone along the pack. It is the best Superman film in 33 years, perhaps even the best in 35 years (since 1978 when Christopher Reeve first donned the blue tights and red cape). This film isn’t perfect. It isn’t even a perfect superhero movie. But it’s the Superman movie of our times and the one we deserve. And Henry Cavill, as the Superman aka Clark Kent aka Kal-El of our era, is definitely worthy enough to step into those red boots. (The supporting cast was definitely worthy enough too. The team behind the film, especially writer David S. Goyer and composer Hans Zimmer, were aces as usual. Except for director Zack Snyder when he gets too trigger happy and explosion crazy.)
P.S. - A little bit of a head scratcher here. Aren’t both Metropolis and Gotham supposed to be New York City? If these towns are both part of the same DC universe then isn’t there a conflict here? I mean, I could be wrong. I’m not a comic book reader. I’m just reviewing the film and the story that was presented to me.