Flash Movie Review: Man of Steel

Every week I would take a trip to outer space, where I would visit aliens and super heroes. I learned about ray guns, space ships and all kinds of devices that were not found on Earth. I never knew our planet was being protected by people with special powers; I wanted to grow up and be just like them. You would be surprised to find out how often Earth had been saved by these special individuals. Each Saturday morning I ate my breakfast on a little snack tray, in our living room in front of the television. The Saturday cartoon shows I watched was where I discovered all these new places and people. In this reboot of the Superman story, I felt I was back watching those morning cartoons. Henry Cavill (Stardust, Immortals) was a perfect blend of wholesomeness and angst as Clark Kent/Kal-El. I found the childhood scenes touching as we witnessed Clark being picked on by the other kids. The story focused on Clark’s struggle with feeling different but not fully understanding the reasons why. Not until a mysterious object was discovered on Earth would he then learn about his true identity. The casting in this action movie greatly helped with the weak story. Amy Adams (Enchanted, The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, The Iceman) as General Zod, Russell Crowe (The Next Three Days, Gladiator) as Jor-El and Diane Lane (Unfaithful, The Perfect Storm) as Martha Kent were all excellent. The sets and props were so imaginative; I got a real kick out of seeing them. Plus, I want to point out the musical score was awesome. Just like those Saturday cartoons, this film was driven by action. There were so many battles, with an over abundance of special effects; it became too much for me. As a result the story suffered because there was not enough room to develop the characters; despite the movie being 2 hours and 23 minutes long. I will say some of the fights were unbelievable; they looked like cartoons that came to life. As long as you go into the movie theater knowing this was more of a comic book/Saturday morning cartoon type of film, that was small on drama; it will entertain you. At the end of the movie I did have a craving for some sugary crunchy cereal. A brief scene that showed a small amount of blood.


3 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Alastair Savage

    It sounds good. It’s nice to know that the filmmakers have kept the heart and soul of Superman without tinkering with it. Too many reboots fail to see what made a character special in the first place, and then they change too much.
    I agree with you about CGI fights in general (I haven’t seen this film yet). They always look fake to me and a bit like a computer game, and my brain switches off when the loud music starts and people start leaping through the sky. I must be getting old.
    Talking of breakfast cereals, I particularly liked the Shreddies we had in the UK with Star Wars scenes on the back of the box. You had transfers of the characters that you scratched off onto the backgrounds from the movies. Ah, happy days…

    • Hi Alastair I think the Shreddies sound awesome with the Star Wars transfers. I don’t recall anything being like that here in the United States. If you by chance go and see this movie I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for coming by and sharing your comments.

  2. So much fun that we never get tired of our super heroes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Good morning, good review, and good point about going in with the expectation of a movie high on Saturday morning cartoon action and low on drama. I’m happy you mentioned the excellent musical score. Many reviewers–myself included–I have forgotten to write about it.

    • Hi Victor, thank you for your comments. With the review I will be posting tonight it seems as if we are on the same wavelength…and movie watching schedule. lol I am enjoying your reviews.

  4. Nice write-up! Saturday morning cartoons, indeed! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I had a mixed reaction to this one–but it does give me hope for the future–


    • There was nothing like those Saturday cartoons where the characters had more realistic movements than they do now. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  5. On a different aspect using the words “Man of Steel” I added “a teacher” and dedicated a Father’s Day post to Mr. Bobniz. He was a science club advisor and high school science teacher. I felt it was a special post but it does not really talk about the movie. Thanks for the great story about Sat. morning cartoons, also mentioning music in this. I felt our old Sunday papers were more well-rounded with different action heroes rather than jokes and silly cartoons.

  6. A good review for what looks to be a really good film. This may do for Superman what the Dark Knight films did for Batman – retell the story so well I forgot all those other attempts to tell the same story and bring the sensation of the comic strip into a live action film. I have seen many trailers and reviews for Man of Steel in the last week, I’m really keen to see it now!

  7. g2-8521273f34ff4990499851f4d287c614

    I saw Man of Steel this afternoon and I was blown away. This reboot brought far more science-fiction to the story than I expected, but it was an interesting twist on a classic American story. I was particularly amazed at Clark Kent’s childhood tales. I thought they did an outstanding job showing how people who are different can struggle to relate to others. The only downside was probably too much devastation during some fight scenes.

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