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Superman 6 - Man Of Steel (3D) Review

Superman 6 - Man Of Steel (3D)
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Good for kids
Good for dates
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When Man Of Steel opens, an unprepared member of the audience will take a few moments to find his ground - this is the victory of the comic book and science fiction nerds, writ large on a tent-pole summer film from a major studio. The sheer amount of world-building detail expended on Krypton, Superman's home planet, is staggering to behold. Mixing futurist design with Geiger aesthetic and a surreal sense of the other-worldly, the opening shows an alien planet in the most alien, and yet relatable, way imaginable.

Right after Krypton is destroyed and Kal El reaches Kansas to become Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), the film slows down to a somber and slowly-paced story about a man hiding from the world. This part of the movie also contains most of the flashbacks that give us a glimpse of Clark's life as a kid, and none of it has any joy to it whatsoever.

Man Of Steel takes Clark and his overall demeanour very seriously, and never once lets up. Humourless as it all gets, it is still highly engaging, save for some bad writing.

With an absolutely pedestrian dialogue that is now a hallmark of writer David Goyer, serving as the backbone, the film plunges into a third act, where General Zod (Michael Shannon), a war criminal from Krypton, arrives on Earth to take Kal El - something that is never in doubt is a bad idea.

As Kal becomes Superman, he also unleashes a series of action set-pieces that have so many buildings totaled, so many railway cars destroyed, and so many lives ostensibly lost, that it feels incredulous that no one thought of the loss they depict.

These action set-pieces are the most incredible ever committed to film. Zack Snyder lets loose from his previous crutches, and does a stellar job of letting us feel heft and geography to the action at hand.

After 2006's Superman Returns, and its real estate scam plot point, this feels like major step up, and it is - the invincible guys punching each other feels dynamic, and suitably threatening for life on Earth.

As long as Snyder doesn't let Goyer's dialogues come from Henry Cavill, the action and spectacle on display wows thoroughly. The emotional heft, obviously, is lacking simply because Cavill, as handsome a figure he cuts in the ol' supersuit, does not exude the charisma or presence of a Christopher Reeve. He's fine, but for the most part, that is how we see Lois, or Perry or any of the other familiar faces from the Superman world. They're all fine, but are second to the spectacle unfolding in front of us. The only exceptions are Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner, both lending gravitas and elegance to the film.

While most other characters suffer from less screen time and a dour film that forces them to be a certain way, the action takes center stage, and delivers. It lacks the emotional punch you'd require of it, but the action is genuinely amazing to behold.

The movie, too, is a microcosm of that - it's a fine film, with great times even, but without a central character that feels like he has genuine motivation and forward drive as a character, it flounders for a long time till the spectacle take over.

And ultimately the spectacle is why we will watch this flawed film again and again - this is simply the best, most mind-meltingly amazing action set to screen in a Superman movie. It is gorgeous to behold, and were it not for the lack of well executed emotional context, it would be a minor classic. As it stands, we have gotten a flawed but almost certainly one of the best, Superman films, and a great summer blockbuster. We now have a Hero we need, but may or may not deserve.
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  • Cast
    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Laurence Fishburne
  • Music
    Hans Zimmer
  • Director
    Zack Snyder
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Lakshmi Bandi on 17th Jun 2013, 10:40am | Permalink
I Love the whole film. Agree that the first half is awesome. The second half is also really amazing considering the action sequences. But inside, it make me think that there is no mercy in this film. They were fighting like they don't care how many going to die in this film. Apart from that I really enjoyed each and every clipping of the film...
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
2power10 on 1st Jul 2013, 12:07pm | Permalink
I agree the dialogues were bad, but I found Man Of Steel quite engrossing. Too much of science & tech though.
Portuguese Man-of-War on 20th Jun 2013, 9:24am | Permalink
Bad movie.

A superhero movie ought to have enough interactions of the superhero with ordinary civilians in the initial stages of the plot, before it becomes a one-on-one with the Big Villain. We all want God on our planet saving us in our big travails, and a superhero movie comes closest. Man of Steel misses that almost completely, which is all the more disappointing since this is a reboot, a tale projected as Superman's coming-of-age. So while you go expecting Superman helping ordinary citizens in grave danger from human evil-doers / natural occurences, winning adulation (and a woman) in the process, the movie is basically almost an exclusive one-on-one between the superhero and super-villain.

And that is boring, too, since, as in most superhero movies, in all fights, the villain is in the superior position 90% of the time, with the superhero just having the last hurrah. Plus, there's no brilliance in anything that either the superhero or the super-villain does.

The non-linear narrative doesn't help with this movie - where we'd just want a steady Spiderman-like evolution of the superhero into superhero-dom, the movie is almost straightaway in Superman-vs-Zod mode, with what you really went for coming in flashbacks that are too little, too late.

And yes, the 3D is a pain, as always. I think movie-makers are confusing the popularity of a movie itself for the popularity of 3D. No one I personally know wants to watch a movie in 3D. And Man Of Steel has no 3D effects anyway.

8/10 is a rating a lofty critic would give this movie, not normal movie-goers.
Arpan Panicker on 19th Jun 2013, 10:48pm | Permalink
Man of Steel has the guts and glory of a visionary event. It dragged Superman up from the dregs of an outdated, red-underweared boy scout to a believable, god-like messiah who can stand beside Nolan's Batman. It made me believe that there is hope for DC after all (The Dark Knight series was always all about Nolan and not DC.)

Man of Steel repaints the canon in big, bold, and fittingly dark strokes. The S is not a childish symbol of a corny name like Superman; it is the symbol of the House of El and stands for hope. The suit is not an unsubtle rendition of the US primary colors splashed on tights; it is a somber battle suit. Clark Kent is not a bumbling idiot; he is the same as Kal El, a real person with two amazing fathers and a mother who he will kill for.

Man of Steel is not just about reinventing celluloid Superman, it is about reinventing the concept of Superman itself. The Dark Knight trilogy had the seminal Frank Miller written Year One to draw from. Man of Steel finds its inspiration in the star pairing of Goyer and Nolan (so it all goes back to Frank Miller anyway!).

The action is awesome (I watched it on IMAX 3D, and re-found the sheer childish joy of jaw-dropping awe). Henry Cavill looks the part (he's ripped enough to have the suit spray-painted on him and still look believable). And joy, Lois Lane is not an irritating bimbette!

The stage is set for Batman and Superman to meet and give the Justice League some weight in the battle for silver screen glory against Marvel's Avengers. I only despair when I think of Ryan Reynolds's Green Lantern.
Portuguese Man-of-War on 20th Jun 2013, 9:29am | Permalink
The problem with the movie might then be, too much intellect and too little entertainment.
zod on 19th Jun 2013, 10:22am | Permalink
Terrible movie....noisy, blurry, incoherent, juvenile and bombastic....I watched it yesterday and the movie is a total turn off...such a bad can you recommend people to watch it again?....insane....if U do not know how to recommend movies, just keep quiet but please do not mislead and DONT REVIEW A MOVIE FROM THE AUDIENCE POINT OF VIEW AND ITS COMMERCIAL's disgusting....
Santosh on 17th Jun 2013, 5:06pm | Permalink
watched the movie at Devi Theatre RTC X Roads, movie is really good, superb visuals with never seen action sequences, thanks for my colleagues for taking me the wonderful movie!
madhu on 17th Jun 2013, 11:00am | Permalink
i like the movie and I enjoyed alot, Its amazing in 3D, Go watch!
navaneetha on 17th Jun 2013, 10:47am | Permalink
Man Of Steel is a half-Great movie.. First Half is nice..2nd half involves total destruction and fight.. It's a worthy chapter about origin story of superman.
Lakshmi Bandi on 17th Jun 2013, 10:40am | Permalink
I Love the whole film. Agree that the first half is awesome. The second half is also really amazing considering the action sequences. But inside, it make me think that there is no mercy in this film. They were fighting like they don't care how many going to die in this film. Apart from that I really enjoyed each and every clipping of the film...
urmila on 17th Jun 2013, 10:30am | Permalink
"Man Of Steel, It was very nice movie, Was It Seen again And agin, Full action Movie, I like the whole movie, It was amazing, movie. I went the movie with my office collegeus, I enjoyed the movie..
Kritika Deval on 17th Jun 2013, 10:43am
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PMVS Kumar on 17th Jun 2013, 10:05am | Permalink
Zack Snyder is definitely a winner here. His latest movie
aitha on 17th Jun 2013, 10:01am | Permalink
If you are a fan of Henry Cavill, then only go and watch it. It's not worth watching in 3D.
madhav on 15th Jun 2013, 1:30pm | Permalink
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