Today I took my Father to see Man Of Steel at the theater.
We were a little late, anticipating that there would be more trailers before the movie than there were, so the movie had started without us.
We didn’t miss much from the looks of things.
What the creators did with Krypton was amazing, the special effects were without rival in my opinion. I was impressed and very pleased that they took time to create technology (spaceships, etc.) that did not look like just a backdrop for a story. It was obvious a lot of thought and planning went into creating an authentic world that was just as much a character in the film as the lead actors themselves.
I like how the pod that Clark descended to Earth in was larger than in the original franchise, and seemed far more functional.
I very much appreciated how the consciousness of his Krypton Father was treated, making him a character in the film instead of just a convenient pop-up every now and then.
General Zod was very much a tragic character in my opinion. He was created and bred specifically for the role of warrior and keeper of the race’s chance of a future. Determined not to fail, he stopped at nothing to try to keep Krypton’s race alive. It was obvious that he would do whatever it took, but it was also obvious that some of it was very displeasing to him. The actor who played General Zod had a very difficult task in front of him with this character, and he tackled it masterfully. General Zod was a three-dimensional character, one you could empathize with even if you didn’t like what he was doing; and one that you understood why he did what he did even though it was at times awful.
Superman himself was a far more real character in this portrayal than in the original franchise. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original franchise and still do. Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor was brilliant, Christopher Reeve is an actor capable of great depth and range; and the original movies showed all of that quite well. Henry Cavill had some very big shoes to fill; and I believe he filled them admirably.
The young Clark Kent, when he was in the classroom and everything started to overwhelm him, was wonderful. I can’t think of a better way that could have been portrayed. I also thought that it was a great thing to add to the movie. It had to be terrifying to be a young boy to have all these different things happening inside of him, and all of these differences about himself that he didn’t understand, couldn’t explain, and could not even come close to being able to control.
I thought Laurence Fishburne was a terrific Perry White. I thought how they handled the scene where Jenny was trapped beneath debris, and Perry was there to first try to rescue her; and ultimately to stay with her in the face of certain death, was very strong and awesome.
Law enforcement, fire fighters and the military were not just a backdrop but were actively represented in a way that honored them appropriately as heroes and a representation of the best of humanity. These are the people who rush into situations when others are rushing out. The movie portrayed that well, without being heavy-handed about it.
Kevin Costner has long been a favorite actor of mine, and he did not disappoint. He was the perfect embodiment of his character; strong, humble, willing and able to teach the lessons to Clark Kent that would ultimately shape him into the man he becomes. The Kents both are portrayed as strong and hardy people, hard working, decent and truthful.
Clark’s other father, Russell Crowe, was also perfect. Strong, very smart, a man of science but also of courage. He understood that he would not have long to shape his son into the man that would represent both Krypton and the planet on which he would land. He knew that this task would fall into the hands of someone else, and he did what it took to ensure that he would be there for Clark, without getting in the way of the new planet and the new people Clark would become a part of. A very difficult balance. He is very much as tragic a character as General Zod, and full of depth and facets. I hope that he will be present in future installments of this franchise. I look forward to the conversations Clark has with his Father’s consciousness; it always seems to add depth and meaning to the storyline.
This isn’t a review really, but just my thoughts as I literally just got home, etc.
I don’t think I would have changed much if anything about the movie. I certainly wouldn’t have cast it differently. I was also pleasantly surprised that Christopher Meloni was in it, because I have long been a fan of his. He did a very convincing and solid job of portraying a Colonel in the US Air Force who was in a situation that was very different from anything he’d ever experienced in training and even in prior combat. His character showed much courage, and you could tell he had a lot of conviction and honor.
Overall, if I had a rating system, like thumbs up, or five stars, or whatever, this movie would have the positive of any of that. If it’s a thumbs system, there would have to be three thumbs to accurately portray how I feel about this movie.
Three thumbs, way up.