Man of Steel

Zack Snyder + Man of Steel
Sunday, June 16 th, 2019 at 00:06 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Zack Snyder
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni
Superhero, Drama, Action

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, who apparently is in the Tudors on television, and stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, and Laurence Fishburne; so it’s got a stellar cast. This is one of the cuter Supermans ever, and without spit curl. There’s an attempt to make this kind of a revisionist history, a little deeper than the Supermen we’ve seen in the past. The Christ references, which I guess were always there, are emphasized here. You’ve got a guy who comes from another world and can inspire human kind and be a role model, but his mother is afraid that they’ll kill him once they learn he’s different. The conflict between keeping his identity a secret and being able to use his super powers is incredibly evident in this one, and the story benefits from it. The problems are number one, it’s two hours and twenty four minutes, which is too long; they blow up all sorts of things, I guess in some sort of weird homage to what’s working now; and it’s in 3D which is just completely unnecessary. The biggest problem, other than it’s violent, it’s loud, and the plot is somewhat completely unintelligible at some points, is that there’s not one speck of humor in this. I think we’ve all come to expect at least a bit, whether it’s Lex Luthor played a bit smirkily, or Clark pretending to be a fumbling idiot, or Lois never being quite sure, and we do away with all that here. For that long a movie without one speck of humor is just too long and too serious and too humorless. It’s also much too violent for young kids. I’ll give it three stars.

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