suddenly, a movie review: MAN OF STEEL
Saturday, June 15, 2013
|| 8:09 AM
I sure haven't post anything here for quite a while. Well, here I am, again, writing random stuffs and farts.
As the title says, yes recently I went to the cinema for the movie Man of Steel; one of the movies I highly anticipate. Been watching all the trailers and TV spots before the movie was out, it looked so damn good; the new and modern look of Superman, General Zod, and all the visual aspects of the film. So yea, suddenly feels like wanna write a review for the movie, even though no one cares anyway.
From this point onwards, the following review is fully written by a person who is not a certified movie reviewer and doesn't know THAT much about Superman and whatever happens in his universe. Just a random dude with...er...keyboard? Well, here it goes.
**Might contain spoilers**
First part of the film, really starts from the beginning; the planet Krypton and all the crazy things that happens inside. It was a very good introduction in my opinion, not to mention well executed too. No problem for this part...except what comes after.
The scenes in this movie (after the awesome introduction), truthfully, are not what I was expecting from a movie I highly anticipate (well, things like this happens).
The scenes feels kinda unsatisfying for most parts. Fine they tried not to do a typical superhero movie plot; starts from a boy, then his school life, gradually learns this and that, then finally, becomes superhero. Instead, the movie jumps straight into the action; Clark Kent is all grown up, helping people and all, searching for the truth about himself. All about his past are shown as flashbacks instead, which is, an okay idea if well executed. Well, here goes my opinion regarding this part.
First of all, this movie is a reboot, everything must start from the beginning. Everyone wants to know how the journey starts for Clark. Fine, do not make it TOO long, but just make sure it is long and interesting enough for the audience to be able to grasp the life of Clark from the learning period until he becomes Superman. From this, the audience will get to connect with the character Clark in a more effective way and will dramatically (and positively) reacts to whatever happens next. I find this really helpful, ESPECIALLY for Man of Steel since it is the first proper reboot for Superman and for modern audience (no, Superman Returns doesn't count). INSTEAD, they start Clark's journey straight to when he is already an adult, knows his abilities, and starts doing what he does best. And not to mention, they were like "okay, let us put some short flashbacks here and there, so people will quickly and roughly understands what he has gone through during the past". Because of this, everything feels so fast. People got bored and doesn't connect well with the character Clark due to lack of deepness in the story of his past. From this, the audience will look forward to the action scenes instead, rather than getting to really know the new Superman.
Awesome action and fighting scenes, what a Superman movie needs. How was it? I must say, it was good, really good, for most parts. From the part when General Zod made his first contact with earth, it starts to go uphill from there, I meant action-wise. The explosions and destruction scenes are amazing, same goes for the fight scenes. I must say, from watching all the action and fighting scenes, I became a big fan of the character Faora; one of General Zod's minions. The actor Antje Traue really did a good job playing Faora; how she fights, how she behaves, her expressions, really makes her a badass character. Plus, she is hot....huehuehuehue. Don't get me wrong though, General Zod is awesome as well, but Faora has more awesome action scenes than Zod which kinda overshadows Zod's awesomeness in the movie.It took quite a while until Zod finally steps down for epic fighting scene. It starts well, but after a while, it gets kinda messy and draggy. They both just flew around kinda too much at some point. But at least the fight ends well.
Oh yea, the visuals. Well, as expected from Zack Snyder, the visuals are top notch. Some movements are kinda cartoony though, but yes I do understand, the process wasn't easy, at least those scenes still looks good and satisfying. The actors also did a very good job, no awkward acting whatsoever. As for the soundtracks, all of the songs fits the scenes really well, can't wait to get my hands on the original soundtrack lol.
Well, too summarize everything, Man of Steel is a good superhero movie, but not one of the best though. Almost, but no. Why? Because on how they handle the scenes as I mentioned earlier. They should at least include more back story for Clark at the right moments so that everything doesn't feel rushed and audience will get to know Clark even deeper, hence connecting themselves with the character. Other than that, everything looks and sounds great. The action and fighting scenes are what you would expect from a modern superhero movie, especially Man of Steel; awesome and satisfying. If you are a Superman fan and your main reason is to watch the new Superman in action but doesn't care about how deep the back story is (as long as there are enough to keep you going), then this movie is for you. Not just for fans of course, even the non-fans will be able to enjoy this movie, at least for most parts.
Due to my awesome level of anticipation towards this movie, I shall give it a 8/10. But, if I wasn't looking forward to it and watching it just for fun, I might give it 7.5/10.
p/s: Please ignore any grammar mistakes lol.