Man of Steel

Movie Review


Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russel Crowe. Directed by Zack Snyder, Written by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan.

The trailers to Man of Steel were spectacular! However the movie itself just failed to deliver any real excitement and inspiration. Sure, there was plenty of action, special effects, and explosions – however Snyder and Nolan failed to really capture and deliver the soul of who and what Superman/Clark Kent really is.

Regardless, there were 2 best parts about Man of Steel:  the opening sequence with Russel Crowe (although he dies so quickly), and Michael Shannon‘s portrayal of General Zod. Shannon was brilliant to say the least! And his acting was the only real acting that the movie showcased. The rest of the cast was type-casted and I was especially disappointed by Henry Cavill’s Superman (although the majority of the failure falls on the director’s shoulders). Cavill sure looks the part – and even emanates the Superman charisma. However he says fewer than 100 words for the entire movie and seems to be more eye-candy for the female audience than anything else.

Lastly, the epic battle between Superman and General Zod at the end was good (and lengthy). But it was way too much destruction. The writers have now backed themselves into a corner. In the sequel, they’ll have to either show this massive cleanup or explain why Metropolis is suddenly so clean.

Things that would have greatly improved the movie:

  •  Create more dialogue for Clark Kent/Superman, showcase what makes him human (despite being Kryptonian)
  •  Develop Clark Kent’s character more
  •  Minimize destruction – Superman would never have allowed for the level of destruction shown in this movie
  •  Get rid of all the Christian references – terrible product-placements of Christian themes
  •  Give a preview of the next movie

My final assessment: 2 half stars

Visually stunning, but lacks heart and soul. I can’t seem to find a theme in the movie. Regardless, we’ll have to wait another 7 years before the next reboot to get this right.

Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.