Man Of Steel
I really don’t like Superman. For me, he rates just above Spiderman, who I absolutely loath. But Zack Snyder is my guilty pleasure. I’ve yet to see a film of his that I have not enjoyed. Sure making statements like that might loose me a heck of a lot of credibility in some eyes, but Zack does one thing and he does it well. He makes films for grown up adolescent boys. Films that aren’t going to change your life, films that you may well quickly forget, but films that are a heck of a lot of fun to watch, and generally are a visual feast.
Man Of Steel was this and more.
From the re-imaging of the last days of Krypton and the sending off of baby Kal-El, to the way Snyder showed us the grown man, and allowed us a sneak at his childhood through well placed flashbacks rather than forcing us to endure an episode of Smallville, Man Of Steel was everything I wanted in a Superman film. None of the cheesy Lois doesn’t recognise Clark business, and really, no boring stuff either.
This was an action film on a grand scale, and whilst I’ll freely admit that Snyder did go a little overboard with the destruction and super-powered punch-fest, I was glued to the screen for the duration.
The movie also stayed true to some of it’s roots, with a morality tale of sacrifice rather than conquest, and a few hints to the Superman of my childhood, especially towards the end of the film. Pop culture references seemed to abound with some rather noticeable hat tips to the Wachowski brothers and an almost Wolverine-ish scene early on, make me want to watch Man of Steel all over again just to keep an eye out for those little references that are sure to be missed on the first viewing.
Looking at the mixed reviews the film has received, it’s obvious that Man Of Steel won’t appeal to everyone, but in the same way that the Daniel Craig era of James Bond got hated upon for turning the British institution into nothing more than an action franchise, people just need to get over themselves, leave their preconceptions of what they think Superman should be like at the door, and enjoy the damn film for what it is; a damned good action flick with some superheroes in it.
Rating: M Violence.