1 February 2016

Man of Steel

Man of Steel 2013
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Based on book: no, but the comic book
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Henry Cavill – Stardust
    • Amy Adams – Sunshine Cleaning, Tenacious D, Junebug, Catch Me If You Can
    • Michael Shannon – Take Shelter, 8 Mile, Groundhog Day
    • Diane Lane – Under the Tuscan Sun, The Glass House, The Perfect Storm, Streets of Fire, Rumble Fish
    • Russell Crowe – Les Misérables, Robin Hood, A Good Year, A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, L.A. Confidential
    • Kevin Costner – Black or White, Swing Vote, Rumor Has It, The Postman, A Perfect World, Bodyguard, JFK, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Silverado, Stacy’s Knights
    • Laurence Fishburne – Contagion, Bobby, A for Akeelah, The Matrix Trilogy, Mystic River, Othello, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Boyz n the Hood, The Color Purple, Rumble Fish, Apocalypse
  • Why? I’ve got a soft spot for Superman
  • Seen:  29 January 2016      

       In the ‘50’s I’d hurry home from school and run down the road to watch Superman on my grandfather’s television. Decades later came the Christopher Reeve versions and Hal and I watched them on our own TV. I liked them too.
       Russell Crowe as baby Superman’s father. Promising!
       We know the story. The planet Krypton destroys itself, the boy who is to become Superman is sent to Earth. The first nineteen minutes of the film is a dramatic elaboration of this.
       Earth. A gorgeous hunk named Clark has flashbacks of a troubled childhood with loving adoptive parents. The young adult Clark rescues people then disappears. Enter Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lois Lane who quickly discovers that Clark is an alien.
       It’s pretentious and spectacular, sentimental and clichéd. And existentially philosophical. It’s moralistic, quasi-religious and romantic. An interesting mix.  The Christian references are amusing. They’re probably meant to be serious and meaningful.
       It’s at least half an hour too long and the Star Wars battle goes on forever. The mass destruction gets boring as do the fistfights. Ho hum. All those male muscles.
       Still it’s an interesting take on the old comic book. Do I hate it? Love it? Both!

3 * of 5


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