Matt's Review of Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)
It is a bit disappointing that what begins as an incredibly captivating stream-of-consciousness origin story, quickly derails into a loud mess that should have been cut down by a good hour or so.
"Man of Steel," for the first hour and a half, is about as perfect a "Superman" movie as you could ask for. Ambitious, epic in scope, and often breathtaking, "Man of Steel" delivers everywhere it needs to: giving us a hero worth rooting for, a sweeping musical soundtrack, and enough stylistic creativity to separate itself from the countless repetitive superhero movies we've seen years on end.
But the film's final act is a bombastic retreat from that, spiraling into a cliche-ridden, things-exploding-for-no-reason, bloated blockbuster that forgets its roots. You could literally cut out 45 minutes towards the end of "Man of Steel" and not miss a single thing (save innumerable punches/ explosions/ screams that ultimately lead nowhere). And like any American male, I have a reasonable-sized crushed on Amy Adams, but she was just not right for the role of Lois Lane.
"Man of Steel" is still a good film, but I can't help but feel there was an opportunity somewhat missed here. The story is there, the characters are there, the heart is (mostly) there. But in the end, it's shaky and uneven: a better "Superman" than most may have expected, but a lesser one than it should have been.