Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Man of Steel

Note: I had seen Man of Steel in 2D.
I walked into the theatre with very high expectations. Man of Still fulfilled most of them. It's everything that I expected and then some. I had a blast watching this film!
I can't wait for the sequels! I know the sequels will be better than this origin story. Heck yeah, I will definitely see the sequels in cinemas. This one set the groundwork for the forthcoming films.
Henry Cavill is smokin' hot. I whispered to myself while watching Man of Steel, "Man, Henry is handsome onscreen." Imagine me watching White House Down with Channing Tatum - haha.
I clapped at the end of Man of Steel. I haven't done that in awhile. With that said, here's my review. I highly recommend seeing Man of Steel in theatres!
My Review
Superman is seventy-five years old and still going strong. The superhero has never aged, but has definitely overstayed his welcome in Hollywood. Superman freshened up for a new battle and gives hope to mankind in Man of Steel.

The planet Krypton faces destruction due to an unstable core. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) give birth to Kal-El (Henry Cavill). It was the first natural birth in centuries, so his parents send him to Earth.

Martha and Jonathon Kent (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) adopts the young baby and names him Clark Kent. Clark has magical powers, but he doesn’t know where they came from. Clark finds the truth when he’s an adult: born on Krypton, his parents wanted to protect him, and the S stands for “hope”.

Superman’s enemy is General Zod (Michael Shannon). Zod wants the Kryptonian race to flourish on Earth. On the other hand, Superman wants the humanity on Earth to survive. The Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams) helps Superman to defeat General Zod. Of course, Superman falls in love Lois.

Cavill delivered an astonishing and relatable performance. Superman is well-developed through his actions and words. Shannon stole the show as the villain. Lane and Costner did fine with portraying their distant two-dimensional characters. Crowe provided a first-rate performance when he felt like it, but not consistently.

The chemistry between Superman and Lois isn’t explored enough for you to care about their relationship.

The first act is very slow, but picks up in the second act. There’s no going back when the action starts. It’s loud, but that’s the best part of Man of Steel. The loudness is what makes this film born a superhero.

The third act is the most crucial to Man of Steel. It keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat and guessing. Overlong and repetitive action sequences took up most of this act. This may also remind you of 9/11 - buildings crash and people lose their lives. There’s almost too much chaos and mayhem.

Man of Steel lives up to its hype. This film doles out the right amount of epic spectacle, but it gets overwhelming in the third act.

Superman will continue to live on, but he should always come prepared. B


  1. I ended up not going last weekend, but after reading yours and a few other reviews, I think I'll see it this weekend. :) Glad you had a good time.

  2. Overwhelming - the never-ending fight sequence.
    It was really good and now that they've set up the origins story, they can move on to even better storylines with the sequels.

  3. Good review Livia. By the end of the movie, I thought it was a bit ridiculous, but I still had a good time and I look forward to the next couple of movies.

  4. I had to delay my visit from today to Saturday. And I'm really looking forward to it :-)

  5. I took my kids to it today, we all loved it. I'm really looking forward to this rebooted series.

  6. Thank you. My husband has been all, "Stop knocking Superman," like I'm being a big meanie to say this movie was good, but didn't hit my excellent mark. Yes, it's worth the money, but doesn't compete with movies like Thor and Iron Man. And you hit the nail on the head. Zero chemistry between Clark and Lois. I also think the age gap in the actors was too big (it's 8 yrs; Lois being the senior) for my taste. And I also noted during the film that Superman could have saved a lot of lives by getting Zod out of the city. Imagine how many people died as they took out building after building.

  7. I thought there was mucho chemistry between Lois and Clark. It hit on all my buttons as an erotica writer. Those looks they were giving each other...Wow! Volcanic heat that is just waiting to explode.

    The action was spot on. Every movement had a purpose. The only clunky spot was the Krypton sequence. Not enough sizzle except for Zod and what was with those costumes? LOL

    This hit almost all of my excellent points and I am dying for a sequel.

  8. I can't wait to go see it! Sounds great!

  9. Good review! I agree with on the third act being a bit overwhelming, but I really liked the direction they took with Lois Lane - smarter and stronger than previous Lanes.

  10. I enjoyed the movie, too. It was a lot of fun. Glad it didn't disappoint you.