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Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Oh how I wanted to absolutely love Man of Steel. I'm not a huge Superman fan but those first couple of trailers looked like this was going to be a deep humanizing look into why he does what he does. Instead I got something that was more Transformers than Batman Begins. I'm not saying this is as bad as Transformers, but it certainly doesn't reach those emotional sweet spots those initial trailers implied. I'll get the things I didn't like out of the way then I'll discuss the things that quite frankly saved the film for me. The thing that bothered me the most was the emphasis on action over quite character driven moments. Don't get me wrong the action scenes looked great, there were just way too many of them, especially entering the third act. There also weren't enough pauses in between these huge set pieces to put anything into perspective. It just seemed like senseless violence, there was no mention of thousands of people who were undoubtedly killed during the final 45 minutes. Because of all this action there wasn't really time to get to know these characters. I never really cared for anyone in this film outside Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe (but we'll get to them in a minute). Also the Lois / Clark romance was extremely forced. Now that the nasty stuff is out of the way I'll get to the things that absolutely worked. Numbers 1 & 2 being both father figures to Clark Kent, Jonathan Kent and Jor-El. It is easy to see both perspectives and how they influenced the man Clark became. The flashback scenes and the opening on Krypton honestly seemed to be directed by a different person. I also liked the casting of Henry Cavill. He was a very good Superman; I just wish he had been given more to work with. Another thing I thought was really smart was the final scene which I won't spoil. Overall Man of Steel was good, but not great, hopefully the sequel will step it up and create a truly awesome trilogy.