I say all of this to let you know that I'm not any sort of expert on the Man of Steel as a character, and that the prospect of a new Superman movie did absolutely nothing to get me excited.
Until I saw the first teaser trailer...
It also needs to be said that I feel that people shit on Zack Snyder and his body of work far too much. His Dawn of the Dead (2004) was one hell of a remake, and it did the original Romero film justice in its own way. 300 was a pretty fun flick that broke some new ground and entertained us, at least on a superficial level. I personally liked Watchmen a lot, even though most Comic Book purists had nothing but venomous disdain for it. The animated Owl movie he did wasn't my thing, and Sucker Punch... well, it had a shit story, but it was really pretty to watch. Cool soundtrack too.
All in all, the guy has delivered some pretty good stuff for Fanboy audiences thus far in his career, even if said stuff tends to gravitate more towards the style over substance side of the fence. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
So, about that Man of Steel trailer...
Right, so something about that very first teaser they released caught my attention and hasn't let it go since; It felt like they were going to take the movie down a more serious path, and make it more than a campy action flick. The Russel Crowe voice over actually gave me chills.
Bottom line is that for the first time in my life, I actually wanted to see a Superman movie.
The baby is named Superman, and he's raised by the guy from Bull Durham and Cherry Valance from The Outsiders. Since the Earth is so close to a yellow sun, little baby Superman grows up to be stronger than anyone ever, and is able to lift things like school busses with ease, which of course makes every other kid in Kansas think he's a freak... or a liberal, which is the same thing in Kansas.
Baby Superman grows up using the fake name of Clark Kent, to keep his secret powers hidden from the world. Pa Kent doesn't want the world to see him, because he doesn't thin that they'd understand. Clark just thinks that when everything is made to be broken, he just wants them to know who he am. It's like the Goo Goo Doll's song, Iris. Suspiciously so.
|"No one understands me. I'm so alone."|
*Lots of people probably die because Superman doesn't stop to think about the fact that people actually live in buildings before destroying 500 of them.
A sequel will surely ensue.
|"Get your hands off my bitch, bitch."|
Aside from the heavy-handed actiion towards the end, I really liked the balance that the movie struck between the action and the softer aspects of the story. Bottom line is you either like the type of action flick that Zack Snyder makes, or you don't. For the sake of comparison, let me tell you that my favorite Comic Book movie of all-time is Batman Begins (for various reasons.) While for me, Man of Steel doesn't approach the first Nolan Batman flick in terms of overall quality, it was still an enjoyable ride.
|You will believe that a man can fly while scowling!|
Amy Adams was great as Lois Lane, and not just because she's cute as a button; girl can act, and way better than Margot Kidder ever could. The real surprise for us was the girl who played Faora-Ul, Antje Traue; she was all menace, and she definitely rivaled Zod in the biggest bad ass department. And does Diane Lane ever not look good?
Nice casting all the way around, even if guys like Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff and Lawrence Fishburne didn't have a lot to do on screen. I imagine they'll have more to do next time out, or at least I hope so.
|"I am not happy right now!"|
When it hits Blu-ray in a few months, maybe our opinion of MOS will change; we may like it more, or its flaws may shine through to the point where we end up thinking less of it. As of right now all we can say is that this is a pretty good Superhero flick, and the only Superman flick we've ever really and truly liked.
Amy Adams in a Horror flick anytime soon -she's a bit too A-list now to go genre slumming like that anymore- let's take a moment to celebrate her hot, sexy, beautiness while we can.