This review was rough to get to. I didn’t want to watch Man of Steel. I thought there might be some comedy out f the serious business. But Zach Snyder‘s been in a rut since 300. He had a great start with Dawn of the Dead in 2004, starting the zombie revival by updating George Romero‘s series. I get that things need to change and evolve. That isn’t what happened with this movie. It was Batman Begins without a redeeming hope of a parent to guide the way for an orphaned kid. The scary thing is they’re going to roll this Superman into a sequel and a Justice League movie. I don’t get how ‘hyper-realistic’ means that everyone has a crappy childhood or that the characters involved make incredibly poor choices.
There’s a few minor spoilers below, so you’ve been warned.
I’m just sayin’… but if everyone is Batman[ref]Chris Nolan’s dark, tortured Batman who doesn’t laugh. Seriously. Point out one time in the entire Batman franchise that Bruce Wayne/Batman outright laughs.[/ref] then the Justice League has a singular personality. There’s no possibility of interpersonal conflict between characters except for in-jokes for comic book geeks. The conflict becomes more about how something’s accomplished instead of working together. That is a product that’s unwatchable.
- The incredible cast felt wasted on a horribly subpar script.
- Zack Snyder was trolling J.J. Abrams with all the lens flare.
- He is also still deathly allergic to steady cams.
- Every location is cinematically treated like a set piece, which has the affect of making nothing important and desensitizing the viewer to everything after about 20 minutes.
- The fight scenes were so much CGI that I thought I was watching Transformers 3.
- Superman steals. This should never happen.
- Kevin Costner might trump Lorie Grimes from Walking Dead as the worst parent ever.
- For a planet’s leading scientist, Jor-El doesn’t think things through.
- Tom Cruise has more chemistry with any co-star than Amy Adams and Henry Cavill did.
- The story leans on the history of the character so much there’s no charge when pivotal characters meet. It felt like Obi-Wan meeting Anakin in The Phantom Menace. It was just flat.
- The driving narrative is that Superman should lead the planet. This likely only goes the way of dictatorship once he realizes that the planet won’t fall in lockstep behind him and continue to make self-destructive choices.
I guess at the end of the day this movie solidified that Zach Snyder joins Michael Bay on my do not watch list. Currently, they are the only writer/director/producers who I will not spend money on to watch their product.
If you want to see a Superman that’s fun and entertaining, check out World War Z. Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane is more of everything this Superman wasn’t.