I went to see Man Of Steel with my friend in Cork last Thursday. I was initially hesitant to see it as I am more of a fan of the Marvel cinematic universe films (i.e. The Avengers and the films associated with it) and The Dark Knight Trilogy. However, I had no need to be worried.
Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), Man of Steel is about a young boy named Clark Kent from Krypton who was raised on Earth, realising that he is not quite normal. After a chance meeting with Kent in the Arctic, a young journalist named Lois Lane wishes to write a story about this extra-ordinary man who saved her life. As Lane and Kent find out Kent’s past, a threatening force arrives to wreck havoc upon the Earth. And there is only one man for the job…
I was quite impressed by this film in many ways. Firstly, Man Of Steel draws a much needed breath of life into the Superman story. It is loyal to the main story but keeps away from the clichés (for example no red underwear on the costume). It perfectly creates a balance between Krypton and Earth, showing the different parts of Clark Kent.
Secondly, this film has a solid and stellar cast including Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner and Laurence Fishburne.
I only found a few flaws in the film. The fight scene near the end was a bit dragged out, it seemed to focus away from Superman for some of it and the conclusion of the scene gave me a sense of “Really? That’s how it’s done?”
I also felt that it was like a mash up of Thor, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and a Iron Man 3 while still being its own film at the same time.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Man Of Steel and I was happy to see that it had potential for a sequel (which film bigwigs have recently confirmed Man Of Steel 2 will be in the pipeline), as this has what it takes to have a successful line of films much like The Dark Knight Trilogy.