Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD today. I enjoyed it, but I think I need another viewing to decide whether or not I like it.  I have some issues with some relatively flat character arcs, but there is a lot about the movie that feels right. There is a hell of a lot of destruction, which is what you'd expect from a movie where a person as powerful as Superman fights someone as powerful as himself.

What is most striking about this movie is the lens through which it views Superman. Rather than a superhero movie like Batman or Spiderman or Green Lantern, Man of Steel is told as an alien invasion movie. What would we do if we found out an alien with God-like powers lived among us? Would we accept him? Would we be scared of him? Even after General Zod (Michael Shannon) demands Superman's surrender, the government is skeptical on Superman's motives.  Keeping with this spin on it, the character is mostly referred to as Clark or Kal-El and only called Superman twice.

While I said there was a problem with some of the arcs, the character of Lois is pretty good. She is shown as the real investigate reporter she is and not just a damsel for Superman to save. She traces tall tales of a mysterious stranger saving people back to Clark Kent in Kansas. In fact, it's her discovering of a superhero in our midst that serves has her introduction to Clark. He doesn't become a reporter for the Daily Planet until after he has saved the world.

If you haven't seen it, you should. I'll be watching it again.

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