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Nolan Plot and Snyder Action Makes for the Best Movie This Year,
This review is from: Man of Steel (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
The "Man of Steel" movie is both action and plot heavy, dealing with complex spiritual issues as well as what it means to be human. On the other hand, the action is heavy-handed, with punches, bullets, and other weaponry being thrown at people on a regular basis. This combination of depth and intensity creates a powerful film, both visually as well as in theme. The performance of the story was breathtaking. As expected, the visuals were stunning; the special effects were phenomenally crisp and the scope of the camera was often wide, presenting the scenery itself as a spectacle. The acting was exceptional as well. Shannon's Zod was angry, driven, and resourceful, everything a good soldier is meant to be. His lines were powerful and his intentions and thoughts were practically visible on his face as he acted. Cavill's Superman also performed exceptionally. Each line was delivered with honesty to the character. His part was not really dialogue heavy, but his role was emotionally demanding, requiring sadness, fury, remorse, and empathy at various points in the film. His character is vulnerable and emotional, unsure of himself, which Cavill communicated well. Adams as Lois Lane was an interesting choice, and her role is not given as much screen time for development, but she did do a good job playing a driven reporter, dedicated to her work, even if it means bending the rules. It will be interesting to see where her character is taken in the next film (which is confirmed as a Batman/Superman movie according to news from Comic Con). The standout performances are definitely the two fathers, Costner and Crowe. The fathers, without giving anything away, are given numerous occasions where emotional scenes are required of them. Their sequences were powerful and convincing. I almost cried in the movie twice, and they were involved in them both. Their performances were moving.
The story itself was the highlight for me. The story fearlessly stepped into religion, humanness, choice, evolution, and power, stepping out unscathed. There will be many who disagree with the film's presentation of the ideas, even I would disagree in places, but, by dealing with them, they gave the film depth. Also, besides philosophical depth, the movie's plot was gripping from the beginning and, overall, solid. The film revealed just enough of the plot to keep the audience informed and then continued, using flashbacks to catch the audience up as necessary. The plot had no real twists, but the plot was not necessarily predictable (I have not read the comics, but the comics could deal with the story. So, comic book fans could be familiar with the plot; I am not sure). The story was compelling, emotional, and relatable. This film ranks, in my opinion, as the best so far this year. The acting, story, and music were all great, giving the Man of Steel a five star return to the big screen.
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Initial post: Jun 14, 2013 2:19:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2013 2:19:50 PM PDT
Just curious as to what your opinion is about no opening credits? I liked the movie but feel a great opening sequence with credits adds splendor. They could do an opening credits version on the blu ray (doubt it though).
Posted on Jun 16, 2013 2:36:22 PM PDT
Excellent review! It's nice to see that I was not the only one who was moved by or struck by some of the questions that the film posed.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 10:42:36 AM PDT
Christopher Price says:
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I personally don't mind a lack of opening credits. Sometimes the opening sequence can be fantastic, I agree. However, the short intro with just the logos seemed appropriate for this movie. The opening sequence was fairly nice in this one. Nolan has done that with most or all of these movies and it has worked with his so it did not bother me too much. I hope that answers your question.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 10:45:08 AM PDT
Christopher Price says:
Thank you, Savant11. I am glad you enjoyed the movie and my review. It is always nice to hear I can help a few people.
Posted on Jun 19, 2013 4:27:02 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 3, 2013 8:27:32 PM PDT
Danny G. says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2013 9:45:55 PM PDT
Write a review in the review section.
Posted on Jul 30, 2013 9:01:15 AM PDT
Trang N. Nguyen says:
I like it. I mean I LOVE it. This is superman movie is suppose to be. Not like the pervious incarnation . I love the reboot. I sure will get DVD when it release.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 9:02:02 AM PDT
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David Chan says:
Posted on Aug 28, 2013 5:48:07 AM PDT
Chris D says: