Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Movie Review, Day 15: "Man of Steel"

Day 15
Movie: "Man of Steel"
Ticket Price: $9.75
Showtime: 4:55 pm
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
The movie opens on Krypton. We soon discover that General Zod (Michael Shannon) is the military leader of the planet and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is chief scientist. Kal-El's (Henry Cavill) parents have the first natural birth in centuries.

The people of Krypton have harvested energy from the planet's core, which will ultimately lead to their destruction. Zod and Jor-El have similar visions for the future of the planet, but have very different means of getting there. In order to protect the bloodline, Jor-El and Lara send Kal-El to Earth as a baby. Clark Kent/Superman, now 33 years old, has been told his entire life to hide his true self for fear of rejection by the citizens of Earth; his Earth father and mother (Kevin Costner & Diane Lane) also told him that he had an important role to play at some point in life (ad nauseum, I might add), he just had to wait for the right moment to shine. Superman must attempt to bridge the two planets and subsequent societies (Earth & Krypton).

The entire first part of the movie features Clark Kent jumping from job to job fairly quickly; any time he shows his abnormality/the beast within, he runs away, trying to cover up his past while moving on to the next town, the next job, the next path, trying to find himself along the way.

The space ships in this movie look like male genitalia.

Amy Adams is adorable, as always. <3

Henry Cavill is ridiculously attractive,BUT SUPERMAN IS NOT A BRIT. Ugh!

I do not like Michael Shannon. He always plays himself. And his eyes are scary.

Good special effects, lots of action/boom/people crashing into buildings/buildings crashing into people. This movie was REALLY LOUD, volume wise. The loudest movie I've ever experienced. This movie also dragged on and on and on. I felt like a lot of the lines were rehashed using just different words and verbage (IE: "you're destined for something greater than this world" and "whoever that man is, he's going to change the world.").

While this movie has a lot going for it, it does lack something. Not sure if it's Superman himself, who isn't particularly a compelling superhero due to his inability to be destroyed by anything except Kryptonite/too many super powers/general annoyingness with the whole "I'm putting on glasses and pretending to be A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON" thing.

Most superheroes are underdogs trying to defeat a much more dangerous opponent against all odds. Superman is just that, a really strong, indestructible "super" man, which makes it hard for him to ever be an underdog.

I was really excited about this movie based on the trailers. The director, Zack Snyder is great, Christopher Nolan was the producer and he is basically a genius...unfortunately, it just didn't live up to my expectations. Something about it was off. It wasn't bad, but it's definitely not the best superhero movie I've seen. Not by a long shot.

...and the summer of Christopher Meloni and Michael Kelly continues...

My Rating: 6.75/10
Josh's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.2/10
Do we recommend the movie: Ehh. Fans of superhero movies/Superman/actions movies will dig it.


  1. I *loved* Henry Cavill on The Tudors, but I'm in no hurry to see this as I don't get into the superhero movies much.

    But daaaamn...thinking about him on The Tudors makes me want to go watch THAT again.


    1. He...was on....The Tudors, you say?????????????

      You might not hear from me in a while, while I bury myself in the sexy. ;)

    2. Tudors indeed! He plays Charles, Henry VIII's best friend. I think you see him in his naked glory, but I'm not positive because there was so much porn on that show I can't remember who we saw naked and who we didn't. LOL


  2. I know the sequels will expand on this universe and make it better, but I’m a bit disappointed with this one right now. Nice review Lauren.

    1. That's basically how I viewed this movie: a jumping off point for sequels. I must admit, I was a little disappointed, too, but that doesn't mean I won't watch the next installment to see its improvements! Thanks for reading, Dan! :)

  3. I know that I was greatly disappointed with the fact that they had Clark do something he has NEVER done in the comics. What he did to Zod has changed the Superman I grew up reading (thanks, Dad!) That aspect of his personality was what contributed to the struggle he'd have with him and his opponents.
    I felt it dragged on, as well. Plus... the comic book geek in me hates how much they strayed from the comics.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who's creeped out by Michael Shannon LOL

    1. I agree, it put a darker spin on Superman, but it might just be giving him a human personality...when faced with the decision, he killed someone bad to save someone good. I never read the comics, but yeah, that's my take!

      I've never liked Michael Shannon...he's totally creepy, LOL!


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