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Man of Steel - Film Review

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Published September 28th 2013

There comes a point where you have to say enough is enough.

In the early part of the century, yes I am talking 2000's here, there was a gap in the market filled by a sudden surge in high quality Marvel-based superhero movies. X-Men 1 and 2, as well as the first batch of Spiderman films did a lot for me as an 11 year old boy, but with a massive demand for superhero movies, of rehashes and remakes, the world truly wasn't ready for another Superman movie, courtesy of DC comics.

That is due to what may have been an interesting story becoming diluted by the bombardment from Hollywood of films from this vein, there is just too much and after a while they become a cliché. In recent years we have had Thor, the Batman trilogy, more X-Men spin-offs, The Green Hornet,, The Green Lantern, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man 1, 2, and 3, and a reinterpretation of Spider-man. One could say that is just too much.

Superman follows a lot of comic book tropes that meant I found it unbearable to watch. What feels like a very pained introduction featuring Russell Crowe doing a bad Obi-Wan Kenobi impression in what I will admit was a visually stunning looking Alien world of Krypton setting shows the origins of Superman.This seems to be a major marketing technique of such films: "to show how the legend all began." When its done to death like that it just becomes tedious.

Plus there was no character development from the leads whatsoever, and what seemed like a very loose narrative thread serving as a backdrop to CGI-loaded action scenes. Plus with a prologue as time consuming as the one in this film, the finished product comes off as imbalanced: all build up and no resolution. Amy Adams plays a painfully bland Lois Lane, and it is hard to really work out what is driving our hero played by Henry Cavill. General Zod, played by Michael Shannon is reduced to a very poor pantomime villain.

My advice if you like the Superman franchise is either stick to the late Christopher Reeve's interpretation of the role or Smallville, but unless you want to be bored or you just like wall-to-wall action with no narrative: avoid this film at all costs.
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