At the Movies - Man of Steel - review

HENRY CAVILL as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures�" and Legendary Pictures�" action adventure �SMAN OF STEEL,⬝ a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
HENRY CAVILL as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures�" and Legendary Pictures�" action adventure �SMAN OF STEEL,⬝ a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Disappointment is part of life. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just part and parcel of being human.

After just over two and a half hours I emerged from the Northern Ireland premier of ‘Man of Steel’ at the Brunswick Moviebowl feeling, yes, you’ve guessed it, disappointed.

I couldn’t have been anymore excited about Zack Snyder’s film - I’d exhausted my entire 3G usage for the month of May by watching and listening to the film’s third trailer over and over and over again.

The aforementioned trailer is perhaps the greatest movie teaser I’ve ever seen so it was always going to be a tough task for ‘Man of Steel’ to live up to such expectations. But there’s no getting away from it. Instead of soaring through the sky like a stream- lined wonder of aeronautical engineering the film crash lands - safely, but left badly bruised and battered.

The story behind ‘Man of Steel’ was conjured up by Dark Knight duo Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer.

Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is amongst the greatest trilogies in the history of cinema so it’s easy to understand why Superman fans all over the world were excited.

After escaping his now dead planet Krypton with the Codex (a sacred Kryptonian artefact) Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman spends the next 30 years concealing his true identity. But when Krypton outcast General Zod (Shannon - ‘The Iceman’) comes looking for the Codex, Clark has no choice but to fight to save Planet Earth and the human race.

Nolan and Goyer’s story is entertaining, of that there is no question, but at times the film felt more like a science fiction film than one about Superman.

It tended to obsess over the most minute of scientific details and for some reason, despite it being blatantly obvious what had just happened, some characters reaffirm the obvious - this was annoying and distracting.

In the run up to the film’s release, Cavill, was being tipped to do what Brandon Routh failed to do in 2005 in ‘Superman Returns’, and that was to surpass the late Christopher Reeve’s Kryptonian of the late seventies and early eighties . Unfortunately Cavill, whilst better than Routh, doesn’t even come close.

Cavill is so stiff and emotionless that he makes a wooden floor appear intriguing and his portrayal as Clark is as humorous as the death of a cherished family pet.

Then there’s Amy Adams who plays roving Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane.

Adams’ Lane is as journalistic as I am athletic and she comes across as pretentious and annoying.

In fact, Cavill and Lane are so excruciatingly bland that there’d be more chemistry between two dead bodies in a morgue.

Shannon’s villain, Zod, is excellent, so much so that I found him the most interesting character in the entire movie.

Where ‘Man of Steel’ does prevail is in its action sequences - in fact they are amongst the best I’ve ever seen on the big screen.

Some will hasten to highlight the film’s reliance on CGI but it’s unavoidable.

Hans Zimmer’s score is also a treat. Russell Crowe is brilliant as Jor-El and Kevin Costner is fantastic as Jonathan Kent.

Despite not living up to the massive hype, ‘Man of Steel’ is still well worth going to see - the action sequences alone will have jaws dropping from here to Planet Krypton.

‘Man of Steel’ is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl.

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Verdict: 3/5 - SAD - ‘Man of Steel’ is not the movie so many fans had hoped for. The plot is more like a science fiction movie than a super hero film and not enough time is devoted to Superman’s back story.

Cavill’s Superman is disappointing whilst Adams’ Lois Lane is dull and pretentious.

GLAD - The film’s action sequences are jaw-dropping and they will leave most right-thinking members of the human race smiling from ear to ear.