From the opening moments of childbirth to the closing moments at the Daily Planet, this movie grabs on to you and doesn’t let go for 143 minutes. The cinematography is lush and sweeping, the music dramatic, and the storyline smooth and flowing. The special effects are incredible, most notably the scenes on board the ship when Jor-El is explaining Krypton’s history and the opening sequence when they send their newborn baby off in a rocket.
Henry Cavill’s character doesn’t actually say his first line until 33 minutes into the film. We learn about his character through his actions and not his words. We’d love more dialogue in the next movie with Clark Kent/Kal-El. Cavill does a great job portraying the nuances of Clark Kent, Kal-El and Superman and will most certainly be this generation’s Reeve.
There is plenty of action, including some great fight scenes and battles on both Krypton and Earth. The story moves along nicely and packs a lot into just over two hours.
Watching the movie at home on Blu-Ray allowed me to really stop and notice things, especially the music. Hans Zimmer’s score really compliments the onscreen action, quieting down during important moments and then building up to thunderous levels during action scenes. The use of flashbacks keeps the movie flowing and takes us through Clark’s early years and struggles as an alien on Earth. The special effects during the classroom scene were particularly effective in conveying Clark’s super senses and how overwhelming they were. We also appreciated the subtle nods to Batman, Lex Luthor and other characters in the DC universe.
Two pivotal points in the movie — the death of Zod and the destruction of Metropolis will most certainly have to be addressed in the sequel (tentatively titled “Batman Vs Superman”). There are consequences for both actions. Perhaps the destruction of the city opens the door for Lex Luthor to come in and become the city’s savior as he helps rebuild from the ashes. All that death and destruction may also put some doubt in people’s minds about how much of a savior Superman really is. Many questions we hope are answered when the sequel comes out.
DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder
PRODUCERS: Christopher Nolan, Deborah Snyder, Emma Thomas
STORY BY: David S. Goyer
MUSIC BY: Hans Zimmer
STARRING: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Kostner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue
STORY: Oh, you know: alien baby crash-lands on Earth after his planet blows up; grows up into solar-powered mega-being; fights baddies; wins.
TRIVIA: This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the character’s first comic-book appearance.
The extra features are really in depth and interesting, from the training the actors put in for action scenes to the evolution of the Man of Steel character. The Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel feature (watching the movie with the interactive features turned on) is an engaging way to see the film. Having Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill or Amy Adams talking about the current scene and how it was made while the scene is happening in real time with split screen windows is a unique way to watch the film and learn a lot more about how it was made. A few features we were disappointed in not seeing — a gag reel (we KNOW there were flubs! Let’s see them!), deleted scenes, and commentary with Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. They had such great onscreen and off-screen chemistry that it would be fun to hear them interacting and talking about the movie.