I’ve really grown out of Superman movies these past years. I was actually more eager to watch The Dark Knight Rises, as compared to this movie, and I’m not a fan of Batman either. BUT, I’m glad to say that comparatively, Man Of Steel is a much better movie than The Dark Knight Rises. At least I enjoyed the show even though the first half of the movie was really too much talking and not enough action. 😉 But at the very least, I didn’t feel that it was draggy. The storyline however…….. I felt like I watched a modified version of Smallville crammed into 2.5 hours. 😉 There was also a number of questionable things in the show. Seriously, I mean, there were so many, “How the hell….?!?!?!” and “What the hell… ?!?!!?” popping into my head throughout the movie, I don’t even know where to start ranting. Lol!
***mini spoilers ahead***
Anyways, did Henry Cavill managed to carry the weight of the title ‘Man of Steel’ on his strong broad shoulders and live up to all the previous actors who played this legendary superhero?I don’t think he did an amazing job, but he did do a pretty good job being Superman. I said that cause Superman is likable. Whether you’re a fan or not, somehow, you’ll find Superman likable as a person. And as far as Henry Cavill goes, I really didn’t like him at the start of the show, but he changed my mind 180 degrees by the time the show ends. I’ve still got some reservations towards him as Superman/Clark Kent, though it’s not so much as directed towards him but the scriptwriters and director. It’s just that Clark Kent has been programmed into my mind as an all round pleasant nice guy. A very pleasant, friendly and warm looking nice guy, gentle even. Cavill, to me, seems to have an edge to his look. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it’s just a little unusual for our friendly neighbourhood hero to have that edgy look. And this is the first time ever in my life that I see Clark Kent looking like a homeless, unkempt, depressed dude. This is like the sexy version of Bruce Banner after he’s done being Hulk. Ripped pants, stealing attires off the road to wear. Lol! Definitely nothing like the man of steel, and yet, it is Superman in this movie. I seriously wonder how they came up with this new image for the ever-lovable Clark Kent. Almost the entire show, Clark Kent was this slightly disheveled looking dude, even when his stubble/beard was shaved off clean. I like a guy who can carry a stubble or bearded look well (e.g : JENSEN ACKLES… Teehee!), and I gotta say, Cavill does it pretty well too (of course, he still falls far behind Ackles, and yes, I’m being biased.. :P).But maybe its years of mind-conditioning, I just find it a little weird to see Clark Kent like that. 😉 Not really complaining though. Just feeling a little weirded out by it. As as good as he looks in glasses, all clean-shaven, I still feel Henry Cavill’s look is a little too edgy for Superman’s alter-ego. No? Anyway, no complains cause, hey, eye candy on screen is always a plus point. 😛 Besides, check out his bod above. Definitely no complains there. I gotta say Henry Cavill did a pretty good job despite all I’ve mentioned above. Those are probably on the director and scriptwriters anyway. I mean, he made me like him by the time the show ended, even though Superman actually snap a guy’s neck by his own decision. That’s very un-Superman-like. Seriously. Never has Superman been that brutal and crude before, and maybe I’m a little weirded out by scene, but it doesn’t change my opinion of the show, nor of Cavill’s portrayal of him. 😉 I don’t know what the scriptwriters were thinking when they wrote the storyline, but well, at least despite that hiccup, everything turned out pretty fine and Cavill can sit back and enjoy the success as Superman.
What’s a Superman show without Lois Lane. I found her very familiar looking.At first, from certain angle, I thought she looked a little like Alicia Silverstone. Then, I realized she looks familiar cause I’ve seen her before in a movie that I’ve watched a couple of times, but I couldn’t recall what show it was, not until I came home and googled her. Amy Adams. And it clicked. Of course! The sweet girly Amy Adams, who plays the fairy tale character, Giselle, in one of my favourite fairytales, Enchanted!For such a sweet, girly, feminine lady, she actually did pretty okay as Lois Lane, the almost fearless reporter who became Clark Kent’s girlfriend.I actually like her portrayal of Lois Lane. Not as tough as some of the previous Lanes I can remember, but still very appealing and actually, somewhat a little more attractive than her predecessors. 😉 What I don’t understand is, and here comes one of my many questions for the movie producers/directors/scriptwriters, why did they make Lois know who Superman is from the beginning? I thought his identity was kept secret from her till very much later. But here, she knew him as Superman first, and then tracked him down to be Clark Kent even before she met him for the second time. Huh. Weird. The chemistry between Cavill and Adams doesn’t seem really strong too. There’s definitely the spark there, but it’s not……. bright enough. May it’ll grow in the sequel. Hm.
I was a little surprised that the villain here is General Zod. But then again, he is one of Superman’s greatest enemy. Michael Shannon isn’t really convincing as General Zod, me thinks. Not bad, but not perfect. I imagined him as someone a little more arrogant, and composed. Someone who always thinks he’s more superior than everyone and anyone else. So yeah, I wasn’t really impressed with Shannon’s performance. Can’t help wondering if runner-up for this role, Viggo Mortensen, would have done a better job. Yes. Viggo Mortensen, as in Aragon in The Lord Of The Rings. Oh well, we’ll never know now, would we? 😉
Another surprised for me is the actor who played Jor-El. They got Russell Crowe. Yup. My jaw dropped when I saw him appear on screen as Jor-El. I guess he does have that righteous, calm, wise aura about him. I found it a little hilarious at first, but after a while, it just sinks in. Crowe really did a pretty good job, if I may say so. 😉
Last but not least, this actress caught my attention even though she’s only a supporting cast. There’s just something about Diane Lane that makes her fit perfectly into the shoes of Martha Kent. I think Diane Lane managed to show the kindness, gentleness and Martha Kent’s steadfast love for her son Clark, at the same time appearing as a woman of strong character. I mean, you’d have to be of good and strong character to bring up an amazing dude like the man of steel. Lol. 😉 And even with her white hair, she still managed to look somewhat approachable, pleasant and likable.So yeah, kudos to Diane Lane.
Overall, it’s a pretty okay movie. I think maybe they spend a little too much time with Clark Kent/Kal-El’s background story. To top that off, more than half the show had too much talking and too little action. I mean, the action only came in at the end. And I really don’t understand the reason Clark Kent is made to look all disheveled and lost? Maybe it’s cause I’ve watched Smallville, but even when Clark didn’t really know who he was, he was never in such a slump. One more thing, like I’ve mentioned above, why is it that Lois Lane knew the real identity of Superman before he even went to work at the Daily Planet? She found his identity the second time she met him! And last but not least, did Clark Kent join the Daily Planet at such an old age??? Cause, as good as Cavill looks, he does look a little more matured than a couple of the previous Supermans. 😉 There are still couple of other questions but they aren’t that important so I’ll overlook them. 😉
Anyways, all that being said, the movie is still entertaining enough that I will get a copy so that I can watch it again whenever I want. Though I think it’s a little too similar to Smallville in a couple different aspects. Still prefer the Smallville series a little more than this, bu that’s like 10 seasons long! Oh well. 😉