Quick Hit Review: "Man of Steel"

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 Quick Hit Review: "Man of Steel"

***Mild Spoiler Alert*** 

It has been 35 years since Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve showed us that a man could fly.  Since then, the sky has been the limit.  We have seen dozens of comic-book heroes, some good and some bad, grace the silver screen.  All of which owe a debt of gratitude to a trail-blazer in blue and red spandex.  This fact makes it even harder to swallow that Superman has never been properly done.  I am overwhelmingly proud to tell you that is no longer the case.

I can honestly say that "Man of Steel" is not a superhero movie.  It is just a movie.  It is a heart-felt and compelling interpretation of modern folklore.  “Man of Steel” is a journey of a man with no place in the world.  A man tormented by what his purpose could possibly be, by what his father had destined him for.  It closely mirrored “The Last Temptation of Christ” in this sense.

This film grabbed me from the first scene.  Zack Snyder created a vibrant and real Krypton, with real and believable issues.  I am glad that he did not quickly pass over the Krypton side of the story just so we could get to the action.  Instead, he brought the action to Krypton.

As we see Clark grow, the film begins to fragment through time, giving us glimpses of his youth as we also see him journey through the world as an adult.  This was a great idea in managing the films pace.  We were able to see some action here and there between the backstory. 

The action in this film was amazing.  When Superman fights Faora and another Kryptonian in the streets of Smallville, I was blown away by the detail in the high speed fighting.  This also lets us know, in this world, Superman is not completely invincible. 

As the film enters the third act, I did feel that it was starting to rush the story along.  Also, the team of Kryptonians that Superman had no chance against were conveniently sucked back into the Phantom Zone with next to no explanation.  Somehow Zod managed to escape the fate of his companions, leading to the inevitable one-on-one 1 battle between Zod and Superman.

My biggest beef with this film is that it doesn’t feel like a Superman movie.  Several times it felt like I was watching “The Matrix 4”.  This film was definitely more of an alien/sci-fi film then it was a superhero film.  However, this does not hold the movie back.  It is definitely the best Superman movie ever.  It is probably the best superhero movie ever. It may even be one of the best overall films I have ever seen.

4.5 out of 5 stars