Movie Review: The Man of Steel
I saw this movie last week and have been taking my time getting around to review it. According to IMDb it earned around 8 out of 10 stars and I find that almost laughable. I think someone got paid off there. The movie has some big name talent (in notably smaller roles): Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and a few lesser names-in-the-making: Henry Cavill, Harry Lennix, etc… The story, well, it’s about Superman. It’s basically a reboot of the entire series; it gives the whole genesis of Superman and the destruction of Krypton from the get-go, and works in a plot basically derived from Superman 2 in the original series.
The plot in a nutshell: Kal-el (Superman) is one of the only survivors of Krypton. He is launched in a spacecraft to Earth where he finds a home with the Kents. Meanwhile, while Krypton is the process of imploding, General Zod tries a coup, but is defeated, and he and his forces are sent into a cryo-state in the vicinity of a black hole (or something like that). So, Krypton dies, and General Zod and his forces escape their imprisonment after their sentence is up. So, they seek out Kal-el (who is now grown up on Earth) to find the genetic information to rebuild Krypton that was sent with Kal-el on his craft (or so Zod thinks). When they arrive, conflict ensues. It is Superman versus several dozen other super-beings from Krypton.
Strengths: at least Superman looked physically fit. That was about it. Weaknesses: my biggest beef with the movie was the fact that the fight scenes consisted basically of nearly indestructible beings slugging it out, throwing each other through buildings, causing explosions, and making virtually no progress. It was boring and repetitive, and did not make for a very entertaining movie. I heard that this movie was supposed to have Christian overtones: the Heavenly Father, sends his only son, to inspire and lead the Earth. You can interpret it that way, if you wish, but I personally think it was just a movie about an orphaned alien. Looking for a religious subtext gives the movie more credit than it deserves. You could also look at it as a metaphor for Moses just as easily. What is it they say? There are basically five different stories that form the root of all stories: each one adds a little flavor here or there, but they all come back to the same thing. Some of these stories are told well, others, poorly. This one was told poorly.
In the end, I’ll give “Man of Steel” a whopping two stars out of five.