Revisting MAN OF STEEL

Revisting MAN OF STEEL

Has Hulksta had a epiphany? Probably not.


The first time I watched Man of Steel I bought into the action sequences and the excellent CGI. As I left the theatre I felt dirty and somewhat violated. Like Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill tried to have their way with me and force their 'creative re-imagining' of Superman on me.

The main problem I have with this movie is how visuals are prioritized over a decent story. Hardcore defenders will try to say it's Zod's death, or the destruction; those are side-effects of a poorly written movie. Even as I was buying into the CGI, I found myself getting sick of all the explosions and destruction around Superman. Like, he is supposed to be the saviour and guardian of Earth right?

This movie is just dumb; and while there are movies that are terrible like The Room or Troll 2 they at least acknowledge their cheesiness. Man of Steel is a movie that's blatantly stupid and makes no sense and part of me thinks that WB knew this but was just laughing while they swam in their pool of champagne.

"It's a dumb action movie with Superman in it"
"They'll love it"

Part of me enjoyed the parts on Krypton, maybe because there's some creativity in the movie. Not much, it's sort of like when your delayed 6 year old nephew draws a flower, you're not really impressed, moreso surprised.

People will say "Superman needed to be gritty, he was too boring otherwise" but I think that ultra-realistic Superman is not only boring as a character, but also paints Superman as the antagonist. Superman is no longer a hero, but rather an anti-hero. The death and destruction caused by Superman feels weird, because Superman is not someone who would willingly let Zod and company attack Earth, he would surrender to them if it meant innocents would be spared. Instead, he lets a ton of humans get hurt/killed and doesn't do anything; and you wonder why the military is scared of him. If you were a regular citizen in Metropolis you wouldn't be thinking "Superman is saving the day" you'd be thinking, "Why aren't these alien assholes fighting in space?"

Part of what the film tries to do is show Ma and Pa Kent raising Clark, with all the troubles that come with raising a Kyptonian shit distruber. While I think the intention is to show the formative years of Clark in a good sense, it instead comes off as Pa Kent telling Clark to basically never save anybody and let people die. I get that he should keep himself a secret but that's just idiotic. Especially as we see Pa Kent get killed in the most preventable way possible.



Also, considering how little of chemistry Amy Adams has with Henry Cavill it's surprising that WB and Zack Snyder managed to make Lois one of the worst love interests in any CBM. Essentially, she's there whenever the plot needs her for exposition delivery. Need someone to explain Zod's master plan to? Lois is there. Need to find out how they can stop Zod? Lois is there. She's not a great journalist, she's a convenience for the writers.


Of course there's the final boss fight in Metropolis. The fight and the destruction caused would be ok if it showed consequences. Clark never really shows remorse for what happened. I would've loved the last shot to be Clark going in to the Daily Planet like they did but have Superman hanging out in orbit above Earth, contemplating his actions and showing growth for his character. Instead they show him being a prick to his allies and destroying their equipment. These are people he was 'protecting' but hey that's not important when you need to send a message.

I've always said Zack Snyder works well when he has a pre-written comic book story (i.e. Watchmen, 300) and my complaints with this movie are with the story. In a certain sense I think the film could've been decent if they skipped the origin (or showed flashbacks) and simply had Superman as is. Showing the 'origin' of Superman isn't neccesary, and because they forced this down our throats we had to see them take extreme liberties with the character in order to show a more dramatic path towards the hero we know and love.

People will say that critics of the film like myself 'don't understand the film' or am a Marvel fanboy. The truth is, there hasn't been a good Superman movie in a long time. Superman II did General Zod much better than a 2013 movie. This is because they understood the character and made the story genuinely interesting. Saying that this film is better than Superman Returns because there's more action is a terrible argument for this film. I laugh at how terribly off this film is, mainly because I know for the missed marks there's potential for a better film out there. We just haven't gotten there yet.
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