Mr Sunday Review’s MAN OF STEEL

Due to its delayed release in some regions of the world, Man of Steel has finally hit in Australia! Did it turn out as well as hoped? Not exactly. Find out why after the jump!

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By MrSundayMovies - 6/27/2013


Check out the embedded video below for a comprehensive and brief review of Man Of Steel or read the transcribed article below that. I recommend the video though, reading makes you blind. According to some (discredited) doctors.


Outside of the comic book universe Superman has always struggled to find success in other forms of media. Though the world he inhabits been adapted into successful TV shows, novels and unplayable video games the best incarnations still harken back to the first two movies and some of the animated versions. Unlike Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Green Lantern (but realistically not Green Lantern at all) bringing a faithful version of Superman to the big screen seems an almost impossible task, perhaps due to some perceptions of him being boring, impossible to relate to, overpowered and unhygienic. That last one is mostly underwear on the outside related.

Man of Steel, the latest incarnation of the iconic character from director Zack Snyder is a successful Superman film on so many levels, but a few glaring flaws prevents this movie from being the definitive adaptation I was hoping to see. As far as it’s source material it draws from is concerned it’s a little bit Birthright, surprisingly quite a bit Secret Identity, especially in relation to his dealings with the government, but mostly it’s a total reshaping of Superman’s origins. Including some nods to what I can only assume is aimed at Kevin Smith’s scrapped version. Polar bears anyone?

The film opens strongly, giving as a look at the planet of Krypton, a dying world in the midst of civil war. Stripping the planet of natural resources plus regimented breeding programs have robbed the civilization of what it once was, forcing the disgruntled General Zod’s into action, a Kryptonian who’s hell bent on restoring the planet to its former glory though seizing control and eradicating blood lines. Blah blah blah, Zod and his forces are imprisoned, Russell Crowe shoots a baby into space, planet explodes.

We’ve seen all this before, but not quite like this. Kypton feels like a fully fleshed out world as do the characters that inhabit it, it’s a stark contrasts to the ‘everything is a crystal’ world that director Richard Donner began and Bryan Singer ended. Definitively. Flash forward three and a bit decades and we find Kal-El, renamed Clark Kent by his adoptive parents drifting from menial job to menial job, trying to find his place as a super-powered alien being on planet earth.

Everything up to a certain point in this movie I was on board with including the portrayal of Clark as an aimless drifter only revealing his abilities in order to help those in need. The casts performance all around (a standout being Russell Crowe) are great as is Clark’s discovery of his natural heritage and harnessing his otherworldly powers. It’s all so promising. Never has the live action character of Superman felt so fleshed out, powerful and at the same time relatable. The first half of this movie however, which could easily be considered light on action compared to what follows, builds to what can only be described as a lacklustre and overbearing second act.

Most of what doesn’t work in Man of Steel is the action sequences, not all of the action sequences mind you, Clark’s initial physical confrontation with Zod is incredible to witness. Watching a man scoop up another man, barrel him through solid concrete silo's and repeatable punch him in the face is amazing on every level. It’s letting the audience know, this is not the deadbeat Dad Superman from Superman Returns. The follow-up fight scene between Superman and two of Zod’s Kyptonian warriors is also particularly impressive.

The problem stems from every unnecessary action sequence that follows, including Superman spending ten minutes fight a some kind of giant lazer spider, again, surely a nod to Kevin Smith’s 1990’s Superman Lives story! From there it’s pretty much one CGI action scene after the next, each more uninteresting and exhausting than the last, until the film wraps. There’s also a bit with a giant world destroying laser, because if there’s one thing I never tire of it’s a giant world destroying.

The destruction level that’s at play in this movie is ridiculous, and is another thing that brought me right out of this film. I understand that if two Kryptonians are hammering at each other in a populated city, the results would probably line up with what we have here. Buildings would collapse and people would drop dead by the thousands. But it just becomes repetitive CGI shaky cam mess with a real disconnect between everything that Clark was supposed to be about up until this point, that is, a beacon of hope and someone who’ll go well out their way to protect others.

I never imaged that Snyder would get the quieter, intimate more character driven moments right in a film like this and have the action for the most part be so unengaging. As a man who’s known predominantly as a visual director I’m just…I’m just not sure what happened here. I can understand the problem people have with finale also, the whole destruction of Metropolis is swept under the rug with no real consequence, then again perhaps that’s something that will be touched upon in the sequel. A sequel, with the way things were left, could really be something special.

Overall I enjoyed Man of Steel, but certainly not as much as I would have liked. I love the way Superman was portrayed, even if he’s mostly joyless, in particular the way his Kryptonian and Earth fathers raised him in entirely different ways, shaping Clark into the saviour of humanity that everybody has come to grow so fond of. The movie however is structured in such a way that it tips the film frighteningly close to, dare a say it, a Roland Emmerich film. This film I would still recommend giving a watch if you haven’t already, it’s not the Superman film I was hoping for, perhaps will be seeing that in the already green lit follow-up, but it certainly has flashes of brilliance and is one of the better action films so far this blockbuster season.

Thanks for reading/watching everyone, coming up in the following week will be an in-depth spoiler heavy analysis covering what I feel is wrong and right with Man of Steel, similar to the pieces I did for both Star Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 (which can be found here and here). Cheers everyone, enjoy the rest of your week.
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KryptoniteSmoker - 6/27/2013, 2:58 PM
Glaring floors? I understands typos but floors-flaws..i dont remember any disco dance floors in this flick
kevberg - 6/27/2013, 3:01 PM
RIGHT ON!

Mirrors my problems almost to a " t"


great review.
MrSundayMovies - 6/27/2013, 3:01 PM
Glaring floors is not a typo! I absolutely meant that. That's a lie, I totally didn't.
skot75 - 6/27/2013, 3:02 PM
this is the perfect review! The movie did a lot right, but sadly a lot wrong
Highflyer - 6/27/2013, 3:04 PM
I liked man of steel but I also liked superman returns. That's right, I said it!
Mike89 - 6/27/2013, 3:07 PM
Good review. I agree on the spider like machine that superman had to fight. That part of the movie should have been cut out. The editing and some of the dialogue could have been better but the good mostly outweigh the bad in MOS.
SnapperCarr - 6/27/2013, 3:07 PM
What Khan said.
DioFoRio - 6/27/2013, 3:07 PM
thumbs up good shit
Ranger14 - 6/27/2013, 3:08 PM
Pretty much how I felt. "Joyless" is one of the main challenges I had with the overall feel of the film. While I did find the film entertaining, for the most part, the lack of joy in a Superman film left me with an empty and emotionally unattached feeling when all was said and done.
Highflyer - 6/27/2013, 3:08 PM
good review though
MrDonut - 6/27/2013, 3:09 PM
Definitely agree with most of what you said, I'd prefer the film to be a more 'traditional Superman' but hell everything that happened in the film was fairly well justified; we saw a Superman who's still learning the ropes- I imagine in the sequel we'll get a more traditional view of the character and the world given that Clark will have been Superman for a while... Point being, Man of Steel reminds me a lot of The Amazing Spider-Man though the later failed at reintroducing its titular character whilst this succeeded... Anyway, solid review!
deadpool123 - 6/27/2013, 3:10 PM
@Levi So what whit that ??
TheBaroness89 - 6/27/2013, 3:11 PM
So ?
TheBaroness89 - 6/27/2013, 3:12 PM
Still a great movie. Bring on a sequel !
Facade - 6/27/2013, 3:14 PM
Agreed...and that's why I felt it was worth a 3.5 outta 5.
Ramiel - 6/27/2013, 3:15 PM
I'm surprised nobody has yet to bash this review.
Mike89 - 6/27/2013, 3:15 PM
@69ballzdeep @412 Million at the Box Office through a span of two weeks with more markets left to go. MOS is only the begining. You're either borderline Delusional or in denial if you think the movie wont have a sequel let alone a DCCU.
Brainiac13 - 6/27/2013, 3:16 PM
I love this guys reviews!




DRMidNite - 6/27/2013, 3:17 PM
NICELY done, man!

marvel72 - 6/27/2013, 3:17 PM
i suppose this guys opinion is wrong now,i thought it was very good but i can see why people don't like aspects of the film.
Brainiac13 - 6/27/2013, 3:19 PM
Saw it again today....gets better and better!

I don't think I'll get time to see it again until Blu-Ray!

Hats of to you MrSunday!
exe - 6/27/2013, 3:22 PM
One thing is for sure.

Man of Steel is miles better than Iron Turd 3.
Mike89 - 6/27/2013, 3:25 PM
@69ballzdeep "cuz its superman" Yea that response says it all.
Mike89 - 6/27/2013, 3:27 PM
@exe I agree. ;)
Jollem - 6/27/2013, 3:27 PM
best cbm ever. exceeded expectations
113 - 6/27/2013, 3:29 PM
A good, solid, fair review of MoS

I disagree, but at least Mr Sunday admits it just wasn't what he expected, instead of mindlessly saying "wahh it's not Reeve/Donner" like most of the RT critics.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/27/2013, 3:29 PM
Good review! I disagree with a lot of it but still...good stuff.
gmoney0505 - 6/27/2013, 3:29 PM
@69ballZdeep
You do know that its very different in percentage than GL. That depends on how many people saw GL ans MOS.

ex. If 10 people saw GL first week and only 4 saw it the 2nd, that's a 60% drop.
If a 1000 people saw MOS the 1st week, and only 400 saw it a 2nd week, that is the same 60% drop. Alot of more people saw MOS than GL but the percentages is misleading.

That is the problem with just using percentages.

PapaMidnite - 6/27/2013, 3:30 PM
LOL - 69ballzdeep was totally owned!
Bodwulf - 6/27/2013, 3:31 PM
Fair review
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Greengo - 6/27/2013, 3:31 PM
Superman was born in 1980.
Sophisticated - 6/27/2013, 3:32 PM
Man of Shit can't touch The Invincible Iron Man.
Jollem - 6/27/2013, 3:32 PM
@beto - i like begins more than dark knight. i like mos more than both :)
fettastic - 6/27/2013, 3:33 PM
Allow me to use this space to say...[frick] LOIS LANE!

No, seriously. All she ever does is cause Superman grief.
It's her [frick]ing article that tells Lex exactly how to defeat him!

The whole end of Superman: The Movie is confusing but he spends a lot of time giving a [frick] about her when thousands of people are dying elsewhere (MOS haters don't seem to give a [frick] about that though).

She basically treats him as Clark like shit all the time and is stupid and kinda whiney to him as Superman.

In Superman II she stands there and watches him give up all his powers for the privilege of [frick]ing her then bitches "I want the man I fell in love with" immediately afterwards!

And then she cries about how he has to save people instead of spooning all night!

i say again, [frick] LOIS LANE!
Supersonicboobs - 6/27/2013, 3:34 PM
it was good but as i said before..... GOYER NEEDS A CO WRITER TO ADD DEPTH TO DIALOGUE.
this sequel will b the real test for goyer screenplay..it will make or break this franchise.
Greengo - 6/27/2013, 3:34 PM
"Waaahhh too many buildings fell waaahhh omg it was tooo much I couldn't handle it waaaaaahhh" :'(


The World Enigne scene was stunning. Perfect combination of visuals and sound editing.

ALegendaryPanda - 6/27/2013, 3:34 PM
@Bodwulf

Try the entire planet..
Jollem - 6/27/2013, 3:35 PM
best action/fight scenes in a cbm. i hope it gets better and more crazy in the next
Brainiac13 - 6/27/2013, 3:35 PM
@theSHOCKER

Read some comics!

IM3 was dog shit!!!

This is coming from a IM reader before the movies ever came out!
ALegendaryPanda - 6/27/2013, 3:36 PM
"WHY ARE PEOPLE DYING?! WAAAAAAAAH! He's superman he supposed to save everyone right?!"
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