Man of Steel takes off; lands with a thud

June 17th, 2013 at 1:09 pm by under The Hampton Roads Show, THRS Movie Reviews

CLICK HERE to watch the MAN OF STEELE trailer.

Man of Steel is now playing in 2D and 3D and iMax at various locations across Hampton Roads!

man-of-steel-poster-2Man of Steel is not a re-telling of the story of superman, it’s a whole re-imagining of the story.  Changing things up and shaking up characters is the order of the day.

We get the back story of Kal El – son of Jor El (Russell Crowe) sent from an imploding Krypton to live on Earth and carry on the Krypton DNA (and help the people of Earth).  Of course, on Earth he’s taken in by the couple who finds him – the Kents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) where he is named Clarke (Henry Cavill is the grown version).  We see his childhood and coming of age told in fits and starts as flashbacks along Clarke’s journey to find himself. 

It’s not long before General Zod (Michael Shannon) from his home planet comes looking for him so he can get the DNA and take over earth.  Clarke now the Man of Steel will have none of that. And so begins a series of long, loud, and at times boring crash/bash/explosion scenes. 

Along the way Clarke meets Lois Lane (Amy Adams) a reporter for the Daily Planet.  I’m stopping short here because this storyline is one of my problems with the film.  As a lover of the superman stories of old – I loved the quirky secret love for Lois that Clarke had and her funny hard nose journalist sense that there was something more to this Clarke Kent guy.  That’s not in here!

Batman’s Christopher Nolan produced and helped Dark Knight writer David Goyer with the story – which I really did not enjoy.  For me – Director Zack Snyder managed to take both the humor and the heart out of Superman. 

And at 2hours 28minutes long it was too long!  If you go, skip shelling out the extra cash for 3D – noway is it worth it to me.  And if you are one of those people like me who waits through all the credits for a bonus scene (known as an Easter egg scene) — none here.  But do keep an eye out during the film… There are some Easter eggs teasing the next villain.  Watch for key logos on some buildings.  

Here’s what’s worse!  We only see Cavill shirtless once.  This film was disappointing on so many levels!  *wink*

Three out of Five cookies

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language. 

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One Response to “Man of Steel takes off; lands with a thud”

  1. Carolyn Green says:

    Favorite movie of the summer no matter what else comes out!

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