14 June 2013

Film Reviews - Man of Steel

Saw Man of Steel today in 2d

Certificate – 12A
Running time – 143
Scene after the credits – Nope

Cast –
Henry Cavill as Clark/Kal/Supes
Amy Adams as Lois
Michael Shannon as Zod
Russell Crowe as Jor-El
Kevin Costner as Pa Kent

The plot

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind

What's right with it?

First of all we get some great scenes on Krypton which has more of a 60s comic feel to it rather than the stylised whiteness of the 70s classic movie. We get more of the backstory of Kal's home planet which is a welcome addition, and the writers have woven in the mythos of the planet from all sources of the Superman story and added their own little twist on it.

The filmmakers have also added a few twists to the old Boyscouts origin story which I think is for the better. Anyone moaning about why they changed certain things I will say remember when Clark started his first day at the Daily Star, no, Daily Star. Don't believe me? go read Action Comics #1 and check. He could also leap, like, really tall buildings in a single bound........Oh you thought he flew when he first appeared?

Anyone that has seen a Superman film before, even the Christopher Reeve ones, will agree that they lacked a lot of action either due to lack of technology or instead opting for other things i.e. Supes struggling to lift a giant kyptonite rock ala Superman Returns *eugh* This film finally stops pulling the punches and the Last Son of Krypton goes all out as he finally has worthy villians to go up against

Yeah, yeah, I know Terence Stamp is awesome in the earlier versions, but the FX here are breathtaking and the villains do all the things you hope would happen in a Superhero film like this, you get to see what Kyrptonians are really capable of without a moral compass guiding them like the Man of Tomorrow

What's wrong with it?

I didn't think that Amy Adams made a very good Lois Lane. She's awesome in other films like Enchanted but she had no cajones so to speak. We're told that she's a pulitzer prize winning journalist yet again, but with no real evidence to back that up.

Also this is a very good take on the origin of Superman but how many times have we actually seen that now across all media? Give us another story with a different villian other than Lex or Zod. I wanna see Mxyzptlk, Parasite or Doomsday; give us Braniac and Kandor in the bottle, anything just don't give us another retelling

Best Scene?

Suiting up

Best Quote?

Jonathan Kent: You're the answer, son. You're the answer to "are we alone in the universe".
Clark Kent at 13: Can't I just... keep pretending I'm your son?
Jonathan Kent: You ARE my son. And I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.

Bonus Trivia

British actor Henry Cavill is the first non-American actor to play the role of Clark Kent. The now deceased, London-born Lee Quigley played Superman as a baby, (Baby Kal-El) in the 1978 feature film Superman.

Russell Crowe
 (Jor-El) and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), who play both of Superman's fathers, have shared the role of Robin Hood: Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Crowe in Robin Hood. Both have also played law officers bringing down mobsters: Costner as Elliot Ness in The Untouchables and Crowe as in American Gangster.

The monologue used by Jor-El (
Russell Crowe) in the teaser trailer is taken directly from Grant Morrison's "All-Star Superman", widely considered one of the best Superman stories ever written

The idea that Superman's S-Shield means "hope" comes from Mark Waid's Superman: Birthright series: The S-Shield is the Kryptonian symbol for "hope" and Superman believes it may have begun as a coat of arms for the House of El.

Henry Cavill
 and Russell Crowe had met years prior to playing father and son when Henry was an extra in Proof of Life and received words of encouragement to pursue acting and an autographed picture from Crowe, who was his favorite actor.

A blink and you'll miss it Wayne Enterprises logo appears on a satellite

You'll recognise the voice of 
Kelor on Krypton. She's voiced by Zack Snyder favourite Carla Gugino who played The Silk Spectre in Watchmen and Dr Gorski in Sucker Punch

Final Thoughts

The Superman film mythos has always meant a great deal to me as it's the story of the outsider becoming stronger in himself accepting who he is, but in recent times it means so much more

My Dad passed away in november which is one of the reasons why I haven't written much on the blog but I felt I had to post something expecially given the story matter of Superman

Clark not only loses Jor-El his birth father but also his father on Earth Pa Kent. In a way this is what makes him the man he is today, the relationships he forges with both fathers (his dad on the farm and the hologram form of Jo-El at the fortress of solitude) are incredibly moving and still make me get choked up

It feels weird without him, especially as it's fathers day on sunday and it does get tough seeing all the signs in the shops. I just want to thank the friends and family who are here and have helped me over the last 7 months (Jesus has it been that long already?), you know who you are

I guess I'm just trying to say you'll always be my Hero, my Dad, my Superman

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