So I got around to seeing Man Of Steel, the highly anticipated Superman reboot. I’ve heard quite a few differing opinions on it, so I figured I’d share mine here since I already shared why I was hesitant to see it. If you haven’t seen it yet, be forewarned there will undoubtedly be SOME spoilers.
First off, Jor-El is bad ass. For someone who is a leading scientist, his athleticism and fighting skills are immense. Throw in how different Krypton has been envisioned, as a volcanic environmentally plundered planet as opposed to an ice environmentally plundered planet, and it was a complete refresh on Krypton that I appreciated. My big issue with the movie actually starts here though, with the “Genesis Chambers” as they are called and look like a completely different but familiar movie…
You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth – nothing more.
–Morpheus in The Matrix
So yeah, it was WAY too Matrix-esque for me. Laurence Fishburne popping up as Perry White didn’t help matters in this area either.
I did enjoy how they played out the familiar aspects of Superman‘s earthly origin. For that matter, loved the transient hitch hiking aspect of his life as opposed to going from Kansas straight to Metropolis. I heard people say Henry Cavill was great and I heard people say he sucked in the role. Honestly, he wasn’t great and he wasn’t sucky… he was good. Just good. If there’s ever a role you want someone to be just good at, it’s this one. This gives him room to grow and the opportunity to, if Justice League ever happens, really shine.
I also thoroughly enjoyed Lois Lane using investigative reporter skills to find him in Kansas. Amy Adams did more than represent Lois Lane, she liberated her. Lois Lane is now a full fledged character as opposed to a primarily one dimensional prop and she owes Amy Adams for breaking her out of those bonds. Oh, and don’t think for a second that Amy Adams will allow Lois Lane to be fooled by a pair of glasses after playing tonsil hockey with Cavill‘s alien Man Of Steel, oh no. She knows exactly who Clark Kent is and, in probably the best line of the entire film, welcomes him to “… the planet.”
And lastly, but definitely not least, is General Zod who is played by Michael Shannon but has a very eery resemblance to Bill Hader. While I always liked the original Zod, this Zod is much more of a psychotic murderer. Loved that about him and really could see future for him… until they snap his neck.
Really? Really?? Really??? What is it with the movies this summer? First Iron Man 3 deep sixes The Mandarin and now General Zod gets the neck wrench in the middle of Grand Central Station.
It’s a bad summer to be an epic villain.
There were some other differences I liked, but they’re minor plot points so I’ll leave it that Kansas’s reputation is intact and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent was superb in that deep philosophical way that surrogate parents often are to their superhero wards. Overall Man Of Steel delivered exactly what it was supposed to, a reboot of a familiar story in a refreshing way that leaves you in hopes for an equally familiar but refreshing sequel.