So I finally managed to catch up on Man of Steel this week after what seemed like an eternity spent in preparations for a bunch of exams I had to get over with.
I must probably be one of the few people who thought it was alright, going by the things that are being said on social platforms. I didn’t hate it nor did I find it out of this world, pun intended.
The film opens in Krypton as the planet is slowly but surely reaching its impending doom. Jor-El played by the lean man formerly known as Maximus decides to shoot his son off to Earth to save his life and with him, sends the codex, the key to artificial reproduction of life on Krypton, with him much to the bemusement of General Zod played by a wonderful Michael Shannon. Zod and Jor-El face off, bada bing bada boom, Zod kills Jor, Kal, takes off, Zod gets imprisoned in phantom space and Krypton goes boom.
In retrospect, all they had to do was keep Zod and his cronies on Krypton and wait for it blow up. There. Movie over.
Cut to present day. We see Clark Kent as an estranged dock worker cum waiter cum person helping Lois Lane off a plane and a bunch of other things. Clark’s story is told in flashbacks, with Zack Snyder attempting the non-linear approach. The flashbacks involve a young Clark Kent learning to deal with who he is with the help of Jonathan and Martha Kent played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane respectively. Costner is the best thing about the film, Forget Cavill, forget the special effects. Costner is the primary reason for you to watch this film. There is a particular scene where he is in desperate need of help and as Clark prepares to come to rescue, Costner raises his arm with a look that manages to emote both calmness and anger effortlessly.
I don’t know what happened to David Goyer. Either we’re in for something big in the sequel for him to have brushed past certain elements that stand out in the film or he’s losing his touch. Even Snyder gets carried away. I’ve always had the feeling that Snyder is more style than substance and once again he proves me right. The climax starts way too early and is just way too long, albeit very cool looking. There is a certain shot where the camera perches itself onto the shoulders of Superman, as he weaves his ways around and into buildings with Zod in tow. That scene alone is worth the prize of the movie ticket.
Towards the climax, Zod reveals as to why he’s so desperate to do what he must and you can’t help but feel for him. Saying anymore would ruin it for those that haven’t watched it yet, but it’s one moment where you’re torn between the protagonist and the antagonist, not sure of who’s side you’re going to pick. Oh and Lois Lane is the weakest character in the film when it comes to the writing. You know something’s wrong when you form a deeper connection with Fishburne’s Perry White than you do with Adams’ Lane.
Which brings me to Henry Cavill. Personally, I think he looks the part. He’s big and all bulk. In my opinion, Brandon Routh looked horribly out of place. He looked more at home in Kambakth Ishq, which is saying something. Cavill does a decent enough job during the scenes where he is required to emote and shouts and screams his way through the scenes where he’s meant to, well shout and scream.
Hans Zimmer finally returns from Khazad Dum (Drums, Drums in the deep, for those who don’t get it) and belts out a score so awesome, you can’t help but wonder what he was doing in the last Batman movie. I mean Deshay Basara is catchy, but so is Kolaveri Di or the recent Eye to Eye. Do listen to An Ideal of Hope. It will blow you away.
Ultimately, the negatives canceled out the positives for me with regards to MoS. Catch it if you haven’t already. The world may not be ready for Superman, but in a couple of years time, it better be prepared for the sequel.