Man of Steel - *1/2
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fisburn, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane
Review: Focus. It’s a factor of human existence. Millions take prescription drugs on a daily basis to ensure we can focus enough just to make it through our lives. It’s a necessity. Based on ‘Man of Steel’ the ability to focus is looked upon as an advantage that our protagonist has because of his upbringing on this planet.
Unfortunately, this is just one of many areas in which the creators of this movie demonstrate a lack of understanding of this character and what makes him interesting. They share this struggle with many others who have tried to bring the American icon to life both in comics and movies. Like Marvel’s ‘Hulk,’ ‘Superman’ may one day find itself as one of the hardest properties to do justice on the big screen.
Think about the original 1978 version. If you take away the wonder it created--”you will believe a man can fly”--you are left with a movie that’s only mildly entertaining. Revisionist history and fortunate timing--as one of the first major comic book movies released--have turned that version of ‘Superman’ into a film that often warms the cockles of many hearts, though not their minds.