Man of Steel (2013) Film Review

I finally watched Man of Steel yesterday in 3D and I was impressed. There had been so much hype for the Film, where people kept telling me I had to watch it and reviews stating it was a good film, so I simply needed to see it for myself.

An action packed, thriving intense film by Zack Synder which not only contains bizarre technology but follows an amusing story of Kal-El the son of Jor-El (Russel Crow). With planet Krypton gradually falling apart, Jor-El and his wife Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) decide to send Kal somewhere safe and sound. However, things don’t quite work out as planned, where General Zod is determined to accomplish his plan. Whereas, in Earth, Kal-El, now known at Clark Kent grows up alongside humans, discovers his powers and attempts to discover his true identity, without confronting the world.

The character development is profoundly interesting, where Henry Cavill definitely pulls through as ‘Superman’. As Clark Kent, we see this true hero come to life and are taken through his journey through a non-linear technique. Thus the flashbacks injected enlighten the character, where we see Clark not only grow, but struggle with his differences. Kal’s stoic and serious persona is relevantly emphasized, where simply ‘the costume fits’.

Likewise, General Zod, played by Micheal Shannon is applaudible. The vicious villain persona is highly reinforced where he truly becomes the antagonist we all despise. Moreover, Martha Kent and Jonathan Kent are definitely some memorable characters. The beautiful memories and moments in the film that focus on their family ambience is emotionally moving. They give the film a realistic layer and provide Clark support and wisdom.

Man of Steel definitely ticks all the boxes of the ‘action’ genre. The film is filled with gratifying explosions, tough fights and a load of plane crashes. And watching it in 3D, well yours eyes are constantly bombarded with intensified violence. With fast motion scenes and realistic planet visuals, the CGI was compelling (the 25 million dollar budget was worth it!). We honestly see deconstruction in its finest, where the city of America is beautifully captured and not simply the Statue of Liberty collapsing.

Unlike a few latest action films, Man of Steel introduces us the core understanding of Krypton, where we’re not gated to historic information. There’s a scene in the Film where we’re literally guided through the facts, subtly but usefully telling us how this all began.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Action on a whole and of course Marvel, then Man of Steel is definitely for you. The film takes you on this intense journey and brings a real character to life. A few criticisms, where at moments the 3D and shaky camera movements are distracting. Moreover, the relationship between Clark and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) could have been more believable; I mean they hardly had a full conversation. But I guess, there has to be some sort of romantic twist inserted somewhere in a blockbuster. And lastly, the scenes where Zod and Kal fought in the buildings, it reminded me of the Spiderman scenes (Just saying).

My Rating: 8/10

Written by: Meera Darji

6 thoughts on “Man of Steel (2013) Film Review

  1. Nice review, Meera.

    I personally found the movie to be too much like Batman Begins. And this version of Superman is definitely quite different from the one I have known and liked for quite some time.

    B2B.

    1. Thank you. I see where your coming from and the similarities are evident. I thought it was a good action, although at times too much! And definitely different to the usual Superman tale, which I was expecting. Thanks for reading!

    1. Thank you. Yes totally agree with you, it was different from the usual Superman tale that we’re all used to. But a good action. Thanks for reading!

  2. Great review. I wasn’t particularly excited to see this film but when I saw it at the cinema I thought it was really good with some great fight scenes. My only real problem was that it was too long. But otherwise a great film.

    1. Hi Lauren, thanks for commenting. Yeah actually I was the opposite, the hype and trailer got me eager to see it. Yet I agree it was far too long and too much action at times. Thanks!

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