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Man of Steel
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Dec 6, 2013 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Zack Snyder

Actors:
Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Kevin Costner
Russell Crowe

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
With the planet Krypton on the verge of destruction, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) defies the evil General Zod (Michael Shannon) and sends his son Kal-El to Earth. Thirty-three years later, Zod arrives on Earth, looking for the grown Kal-El, now known as Clark Kent, or rather Superman (Henry Cavill) who's only recently begun to embrace his powers. Now, he must save his new home from imminent
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In hindsight, I think I may have been a little too generous in my review of MAN OF STEEL when it hit theaters this summer. I gave it a 9/10, but re-watching the film on Blu-ray, it doesnít quite hold-up. I still think itís a good movie, but is it a great one? To me, nothing tops SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE, and even SUPERMAN RETURNS was a pretty solid (if oddly retro) take on the character. The Superman here certainly isnít THAT Superman.

A different hero for a different time I guess. Certainly, the buff, brooding hero of MAN OF STEEL is more in-tune to our cynical age, with the chaos and destruction of the DC universe ramped up to such an apocalyptic level that it makes the ending of THE AVENGERS almost seem quaint by comparison. Still, for at least two-thirds of MAN OF STEEL I was mesmerized. The first bit on Krypton is terrific, with Snyder having fun with the outlandish, hardcore fantasy aspects. Itís especially fun seeing Russell Crowe, whoís so strongly identified with period epics, mix it up with baddies in a hard-core fantasy right out of the pages of HEAVY METAL.

From there, as Kal-el lands on Earth and is taken in by the Kentís, we jump ahead and see him laboring as a drifter, and trying to find his place in the world. This is mixed in with flashbacks displaying his adolescence with Kevin Costner pitch-perfect as his Earth father Jonathan. Like the Kryptonian prologue, this is excellent.

The film only begins to falter when Michael Shannonís crazed General Zod makes his way to Earth, wreaking havoc on the puny Earthlings as Cavillís brawny Superman tries to stop him. Even at its most absurd, MAN OF STEEL is always cool, with Cavillís brooding meshing nicely with a bug-nuts, out-of-control crazy Shannon as the scenery chewing Zod. Their final, controversial fight is pretty great, even if- to beat a dead horse- why is Superman letting all these civilians get killed?
THE EXTRAS
Naturally, this is pretty loaded Blu-ray, with the most significant extra being a version of the film Journey to Discovery chalk-full of featurettes. The other extras all all short featurettes. No deleted scenes or commentary.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
MAN OF STEEL is not a perfect film, but itís an entertaining ďre-imaginingĒ of the character for a generation that- sadly- would reject a more traditional take (just look at the reacting to SUPERMAN RETURNS). This is obviously the start of a massive new franchise for DC and Warner Bros, with the possibility of a Justice League movie on the horizon. As it is, itís a promising start.
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1:22AM on 12/14/2013
Didn't like anything this movie did. I have no problem with a new take on Superman, but I didn't like any of what they did to make a new version. Snyder is a half decent director, but the constant zoom and shaky cam gave me a headache. As a fan of the comics and past movies I am not looking forward to where he is taking the DC film universe. Batman vs Superman seems like an excuse for Snyder to take credit for the movie finally coming together after decades in limbo. The only positive aspect
Didn't like anything this movie did. I have no problem with a new take on Superman, but I didn't like any of what they did to make a new version. Snyder is a half decent director, but the constant zoom and shaky cam gave me a headache. As a fan of the comics and past movies I am not looking forward to where he is taking the DC film universe. Batman vs Superman seems like an excuse for Snyder to take credit for the movie finally coming together after decades in limbo. The only positive aspect was it made me rewatch Superman Returns and end up loving that movie after originally being lukewarm on it. That Superman, along with the animated series will always be my prefered take on the character. This new Superman introduced in Man of Steel just isn't for me.
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7:33PM on 12/09/2013
I loved this film. I think it's definitely the best Superman film to date and easily one of the best superhero movies.
I loved this film. I think it's definitely the best Superman film to date and easily one of the best superhero movies.
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12:30PM on 12/09/2013
Well I loved it, It certainly isn't Superman the movie but I think it could compete. Oh and the ending when Superman snaps Zods neck. I like to think he's screaming cause he feels guilty for killing Zod AND letting all those people die. Great movie on Blu-ray.
Well I loved it, It certainly isn't Superman the movie but I think it could compete. Oh and the ending when Superman snaps Zods neck. I like to think he's screaming cause he feels guilty for killing Zod AND letting all those people die. Great movie on Blu-ray.
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6:17PM on 12/08/2013
Just fucking die, okay?
Just fucking die, okay?
2:54PM on 12/07/2013

Great flick

I thought MoS was a great movie and the scope of destruction was on par with their abilities. But I like where in Supes II, Kal-El realized the impact the fighting would have on metropolis and lead the fighting away from the people. In MoS, he had no regard for the countless lives that would be lost. I don't get the furor over Zod's neck being snapped either. Zod was axed in Supes II also, even after his powers were taken away.
I thought MoS was a great movie and the scope of destruction was on par with their abilities. But I like where in Supes II, Kal-El realized the impact the fighting would have on metropolis and lead the fighting away from the people. In MoS, he had no regard for the countless lives that would be lost. I don't get the furor over Zod's neck being snapped either. Zod was axed in Supes II also, even after his powers were taken away.
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10:44AM on 12/07/2013
This is a pretty spot-on review regarding where the movie started to lose me. I came out of the theater liking what I saw, if not loving it, about a 7/10. In the months since I can't stop thinking about the destruction of Metropolis. It doesn't negate the rest of the movie for me, but it does make me think Zack Snyder is never more comfortable than when he's filming destruction and carnage. Like Watchmen, there are parts of this that really nail a vibe, and then there are scenes where he just
This is a pretty spot-on review regarding where the movie started to lose me. I came out of the theater liking what I saw, if not loving it, about a 7/10. In the months since I can't stop thinking about the destruction of Metropolis. It doesn't negate the rest of the movie for me, but it does make me think Zack Snyder is never more comfortable than when he's filming destruction and carnage. Like Watchmen, there are parts of this that really nail a vibe, and then there are scenes where he just goes a little over-the-top even for the source material.
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9:39PM on 12/06/2013
I agree with a lot of this. It was solid, and parts were amazing, but it doesn't quite add up entirely. I will say this though, 'Superman Returns' was rejected for being a third the exact same movie as the first Donner film, a third missing half the main character, and a third confusing, plot hole riddled mess. It's a bad movie, and was rightly rejected (there were good aspects though)
I agree with a lot of this. It was solid, and parts were amazing, but it doesn't quite add up entirely. I will say this though, 'Superman Returns' was rejected for being a third the exact same movie as the first Donner film, a third missing half the main character, and a third confusing, plot hole riddled mess. It's a bad movie, and was rightly rejected (there were good aspects though)
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8:23PM on 12/06/2013

Good review.

It's funny for that when I orginally saw Man of Steel I gave it a 7/10, but wrnt back a sescond time and felt it deserved a 9. I saw it once more in the theater and finally averaged out to an 8, and it's been that way ever since. I still really like the film and feel it gets way too much hate. I think this was a good way to start off the DCU and only hope Snyder and Goyer has learned from their mistakes with this film for the future.
It's funny for that when I orginally saw Man of Steel I gave it a 7/10, but wrnt back a sescond time and felt it deserved a 9. I saw it once more in the theater and finally averaged out to an 8, and it's been that way ever since. I still really like the film and feel it gets way too much hate. I think this was a good way to start off the DCU and only hope Snyder and Goyer has learned from their mistakes with this film for the future.
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6:42PM on 12/06/2013

Re-watched last night

My first viewing I gave it 6/10, my second I've upped to 7/10. I think the grittiness works. It's not that we're completely cynical and jaded, but that our reality is too painful to endure the silliness that was Brandon Routh poorly aping Christopher Reeve- ditto Kevin Spacey to Gene Hackman. Man of Steel is far from perfect, but it understands what satisfies today's audiences and I believe gave the people as close to what they might want if Superman wasn't such a stilted franchise to begin
My first viewing I gave it 6/10, my second I've upped to 7/10. I think the grittiness works. It's not that we're completely cynical and jaded, but that our reality is too painful to endure the silliness that was Brandon Routh poorly aping Christopher Reeve- ditto Kevin Spacey to Gene Hackman. Man of Steel is far from perfect, but it understands what satisfies today's audiences and I believe gave the people as close to what they might want if Superman wasn't such a stilted franchise to begin with.
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6:03PM on 12/06/2013

sigh

Sick of everyone whining about the destruction in the last half... I mean, really now, if two GODS with powers beyond our comprehension were to fight in one of our cities, the collateral damage would be unreal. I applaud Snyder for taking this realistic approach.
Sick of everyone whining about the destruction in the last half... I mean, really now, if two GODS with powers beyond our comprehension were to fight in one of our cities, the collateral damage would be unreal. I applaud Snyder for taking this realistic approach.
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