I’m not a Superman fan. Batman was always so much better. But just yesterday I went to go see the new superman reboot movie, Man of Steel. I have to say that I did enjoy it. I really did. There was no real bad acting in the movie, and Henry Cavill did a fairly decent job of playing the boy in blue.
Now I always believe in giving the bad news first. There is an epidemic going around in hollywood recently of darkening every single superhero to pass through the movie theater. Now I believe Christopher Nolan did an excellent job doing the batman trilogy, but what was he thinking darkening Superman?!?!?!
Superman in the comics wears bright blue spandex, a bright red cape, a giant red “s” on his chest, and is one of the, albeit serious, moral center and light hearted, lois-loving pal we all sort of like. (Unless we think batman is better)
I felt a depression fall over me throughout the entire movie (Kind of like the first 5 to 6 minutes of the movie Up). The camera and special effects created a grey shadow throughout, even after the defeat of the villian. All the flights with Lois were avoiding death, there were no casual cruises like in Christopher Reeves day.
The second point was the sort of awkward casting of Amy Adams. First of all, she did a good job acting, I’ll give her that. But in all the versions of Lois Lane that I’ve ever seen entail a dark haired, slightly tanned, foxy, investigative reporter. Amy Adams doesn’t really fit that description. Plus, I don’t know if she had alot of experience with sci-fi movies. The movies I mostly see her in are romantic comedies, such as Julie and Julia, and Enchanted.
Thirdly, they messed alot of the comic book history up. Why did they allow Lois to know Superman’s secret identity? In the comics Clark Kent hid behind those glasses for years before Lois found out the truth.
Finally, there are the plot holes. The friend I went with didn’t get how the goons of the villian, General Zod, were sent through the black hole. I think they should’ve explained it more. And on top of that, why didn’t the key work on the space ship that Clark came in at first? Finally, and most importantly, how in the world did General Zod get, and control, powers that took Clark Kent 33 years to master?
Now on to the good news. As I said before, the acting was generally well done. I loved how they designed Krypton, and how they gave more substance to the couple known as Jor-El and Lara-El. I also felt more comfortable with the background of Kal-El. I personally enjoyed the multiple scenes that depicted Jor-El, head scientist of Krypton, KOing a group of soldiers and riding evasively on a dragonfly-hawk-monster thingy. (Go Nerds!)
Another tidbit I enjoyed was that Lex Luthor was not the main villian! Shocking right? Honestly, I think they milked that storyline way to much. Michael Shannon did a fabulous job portraying the military leader who would do anything, including commit mass genocide on a planet that was not his own, to preserve the future of his people.
The supporting cast deserve a pat on the back. Both Jonathon and Martha Kent were well done. Lawrence Fishburne almost made me cry a little as Perry White when he wouldn’t leave a fellow office worker trapped under rubble. The military personel deserve a thumbs up.
The final thing I’ll say is that I love how I never saw any glowing green rocks anywhere! The creativity that was used in making a secondary, but just as effective achille’s heel for the boy in blue was outstanding. I always thought he was way too powerful anyways. (Though that may be the batman fan in me speaking)
I believe I’ll give this movie a B. While there were many glaring issues that need to be fixed if they want to make a second movie (and they will) but honestly, I was satisfied with the arm and leg I spent to go see it (darn movie prices *Shakes Fist*) It was a good movie overall. So if you are wanting to spend an king’s ransom, go see Superman, Because I have heard that other people have converted to like superman. Also, you may not have the same opinion as a blogging, book-loving, gaming gal speaking her mind. Stay weird people!