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Man of Steel: A Personal Movie Review

Updated on April 29, 2020
By ~arthurforzus
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This is a very interesting time for movies. In this generation of films, young people get to see a Batman that is very dark, cool, but very human and has flaws.

In the same film era, young people can actually see a movie about zombies, in World War Z, with humanoid creatures that bite people, if they choose.

Now, they get to view a movie about Superman in a very realistic light. It is movies like the Man of Steel that makes me wish I was a kid again.

Consider This:

1) What movie have you seen recently that has put you in another mindset?

2) What movie do you wish that could come to the screen and give you the mindset of a child again?

Please comment below.

The Story

Man of Steel follows the story of a young boy, sent from a distant, dying planet, to earth to become a very different humanoid, as a child, to an alien adult, in flux, but becomes a great hero.

Man of Steel does its best to make you feel like a kid, of this generation. The movie accepts children, of this generation, understands very adult themes. I recall when Richard Donner gave a license to Christopher Reeve to become Superman.




Super Measure

Richard Donner's Superman is very wholesome, moral, and driven by sheer will. It was great for its time.

Bryan Singer challenged Richard Donner's ideas on Superman on keeping a wholesome Superman. Superman did not know about a huge secret. The darker aspects of his world came out of the closet.

Zack Snyder's Superman is different still. Man of Steel is a combination of wholesome, but again very human and real. The character dives into the aspects of whether a superhero knows they are one. Can Superman's past define his future?

It seems like a natural progression from Donner to Singer and now Snyder. The Man of Steel is clearly powerful. He is indestructible but has his weaknesses. Man of Steel struggles, initially, with what to do with his gifts.

Man of Depth

Man of Steel struggles in the way any moral human being would when they receive power. Once he understands his gifts, unlike Donner's or Singer's Superman, he hides.

This character only hides until he cannot. Superman must reveal his true self in the same breath that he takes on his greatest threat. In that sense, the Man of Steel gets his test and must power through everything thrown in front of him, but not alone,

Faster Than a Speeding... Casts

Unlike Donner and Singer's films, humans play a much bigger role in this film besides, being a representation of Superman's great moral dilemma.

Human beings are shown to be heroes alongside Superman. They actually make a dent in the villains in this movie physically, and mentally. They are not just lambs waiting for slaughter. These people are symbols of the human spirit.

A very cool addition to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is an action version of Jor-El, Superman's Kryptonian father. The idea of a savage, but civil Krypton makes Superman's rising hearty.

Jor-El sends his son, as a symbol of hope to Earth. Jor-El fights against what is clearly morally incorrect. Jor-El, played by Russell Crow, was epic. In some sense, Man of Steel's final evolution might mimic Jor-El's final representation.

Henry Cavill as Superman is powerful but scary. The reality of this vision of Superman is too realistic.

Man of Steel only holds a high moral ground because of his, surrogate parents, Jonathan Kent, played by Kevin Costner, and Martha Kent, played by Diane Lane, with the help of Jor-El, and his mother. This helps Superman remain very much in favor of human survival. Otherwise, his life might take a different direction.

Micheal Shannon, as General Zod, was both corrupt and very moral in his own right. While his character did mourn his actions, he remained true to his own purpose, no matter the cost. Faora-Ul, General Zod's second in command, played by Antje Traue, was a great warrior in this film, period.

Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, was strong, capable, and downright dangerous throughout this film though not as dangerous as the action in this movie.

The action in this movie, though toward the back end of the film, was overly destructive and a feeling out process.

What you understand is while the Man of Steel is unstoppable, without a preventative measure. At the same time, enemies are also given a license to become unstoppable. What happens when the two meet?


Conclusion

Man of Steel shines. I do hope Zack Snyder, David Goyer, and Christopher Nolan make the second Man of Steel.

In this universe, if they could make an unstoppable Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, from the comic books this could push this franchise to infinity and... well you know

Lex Luthor pushes human ability to its maximum limit, and a little beyond. He especially takes on an immovable Superman, pushes his abilities to his limits, and expects to take the title of Superman for his own.

David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and Christopher Nolan helped make this epic movie about a boy that becomes a hero. However, this is not just another Superman story. Man of Steel is a very fallible tale about a being that defends humanity and has not defined what superhero means yet.

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    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Lurinzo.

    • Laurinzo Scott profile image

      LJ Scott 

      8 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very interesting take on this, and from a serious comic fan as I am ...very well done!!!

    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      8 years ago

      Thank you manatita44

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      8 years ago from london

      Heard a lot about it, and I would love to see it. Thanks.

    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Quill

    • Romeos Quill profile image

      Romeos Quill 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Watching this one with my niece and brother has been on the cards for a while, and your fascinating review is making me look forward to watching it with them even more!

      Regarding your posed questions: I suppose every movie has some influence, for good or ill, although there are the very rare ones, that occasionally make one reconsider old mindsets, usually based on reality.....' Das Boot' was one of them that did it for me.

      And the films that put me in an innocent frame of mind again, are those ones which my li'l nieces and nephews have seen, when they try to give their articulate explanation of what they have just experienced - that does it for me. :)

      Thanks for an interesting read.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      8 years ago

      I thought it was cool. The character was a bigger guy. The enemy he was fighting was on his level. I mean the army was on his level. I only hope Lex Luthor comes out as this guy who battles Superman but as the pinnacle of human potential.

    • Man of Strength profile image

      Man of Strength 

      8 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      I saw the movie on its opening weekend. It was a darker version of Superman, but it was a refreshing take on this character.

    • light20 profile image

      LG 

      8 years ago from Ozamiz City, Philippines

      Wow...makes me want to watch man of steel sooner...

      Will definitely watch this...with my friend...always bugging me...

      Nice review...sounds more interesting to me now....

      Thanks for sharing your views....

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