Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Man of Steel Review (Updated)

Man of Steel 

Release Date: 27th June 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros, Pictures
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
Legendary Pictures

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 148 minutes

Budget: $225,000,000

Box Office Gross: $668,045,518

Plot Summary
Clark Kent/Kal-El is a
young 20-year old journalist
who feels alienated from
others because he has
powers beyond anyone's
imagination. Clark, who
was transported to Earth
years ago from Krypton,
an advanced alien planet,
struggles with the ultimate
question - "Why am I here?"
Raised by his adoptive
parents Martha and Jonathan
Kent, Clark is shaped by
their values and soon
discovers that having super
abilities means making very
difficult decisions. When the
world comes under attack,
can Clark's abilities be used
to maintain peace or will
they ultimately be used to
divide or conquer? Clark
has to become the hero
known as "Superman,"
not only to protect his
loved ones but to take his
place as the world's last
beacon of hope.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent/
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Michael Shannon - General Zod
Russell Crowe - Jor-El
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Antje Traue - Faora-Ul
Ayelet Zurer - Lara Lor-Van
Christopher Meloni - Col.
Nathan Hardy
Richard Schiff - Dr. Emil
Harry Lennix - General Swanwick
Cooper Timberline - 9 Year Old Clark Kent
Dylan Sprayberry - 13 Year Old Clark Kent
Carla Gugino - Kelor (Voice)
Christina Wren - Major Carrie Farris

Director - Zack Synder
Superman Creators - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Story/Screenplay - David S. Goyer
Story/Producer - Christopher Nolan
Producers - Charles Roven, Deborah Synder
and Emma Thomas
Co-Producer - Wesley Coller
Production Designer - Alex McDowell
Costume Designers - James Acheson and
Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Amir Mokri
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro 
Stunt Coordinator - Tim Rigby
Special Effects Supervisor: Illinos - Allen Hall
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital -
Joe Letteri and Keith Miller
Visual Effects Supervisors - John 'D.J.' Des Jardin
and Ged Wright
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Hans Zimmer

I must admit, I was waiting in anticipation for MAN OF STEEL and was expecting the film to be highly amazing and unfortunately, it has gone into the serious overtones and it was a letdown. I would advise now that MAN OF STEEL is not as good as the other Superman films. I am very displeased with the ending as it shows that Superman was unlike I've ever seen and he has betrayed all the goodness in the personality of the hero we trust and the fans have come to expect. I find this film to have a poorly-executed story-line and ending; The actors Henry Cavill did a good job for playing the Man of Steel with only charisma but lacking the compassion from the late Christopher Reeve and tried to deconstruct the hero, Amy Adams for Lois Lane whom she did a very solid portrayal with a sharp eye and sadly, her character didn't have any development at all.

I cannot give the same praise to Michael Shannon as General Zod, the character that he plays is lacking the lifelike ferocity which would have strengthened this fearsome foe and I'll have to accept Terence Stamp as the superior actor for this character and cementing his place in film history with the powerful quote "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!" The other cast that performed well are Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner for both playing Superman's dads. I must acknowledge the jaw-dropping wide environment of Krypton that astounded me and Hans Zimmer's scoring, building the wonderful compositions and never in the same majesty as John Williams' music.

In saying that MAN OF STEEL was supposed to be in a glimmer of a dramatic view only, mostly of where his life begins and how he challenges with his inner battle with the world. The action spectacles will amaze - but the shortcomings and the controversial scene of the film left me in mixed feelings.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

1 comment:

  1. I can't disagree. While I did find Man of Steel enjoyable, it is a very flawed film.