The new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, opens in theaters nationwide today, June 14th. Mr. Mom Endeavors and I had the opportunity to check it out earlier this week in 3D at an advanced press screening. The film is a new take on the Superman story, with a star-studded cast including Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell Crowe. Here’s a peek at the film if you haven’t seen it:
We have mixed feelings on this one. Mr. Mom Endeavors liked the film much more than I did; however, he can totally see where many people might not enjoy the movie as much. He didn’t mind the long (and I do mean looooong), drawn-out fight scenes and action-sequences. But, I seriously at one point found myself bored out of my mind. Honestly, how many ways can you find to completely destroy
New York Metropolis?! I don’t mind action films at all, but this one took it about 20 minutes too long! Overall, the film was still good, but there are some definite issues with it for me as well.
What we liked:
- The cast. Overall, it was very well done and the roles were well-played. Amy Adams was great as Lois Lane and Henry Cavill seems almost perfect for the Superman role (and yes, ladies, he is very easy on the eyes! 😉 )!
- Development of the Planet Krypton. They did a lot of story development and back-story about Superman’s home planet (it truly almost could be its own movie).
- Visually, the cinematography and CG were well-done (which is a good thing because there is a lot of CG). We saw it in 3D (which I normally don’t like as much) and it was great.
- More development/backstory of Clark Kent growing up; what it was like for him as a child; his struggle to find his place in the world, etc.
What I didn’t like:
- The long, intense action sequences and fighting (but, we’ve already established that ;))!
- The way the flashbacks were done. I don’t mind flashbacks at all. And, in some places in the movie, they were great (appropriate, sad, touching, etc). But, overall, it was really jumpy and just sort of odd in places.
- NO classic Superman music. No where, not at all.
- Although Amy Adams plays a great Lois Lane, the presence of Lois Lane (and consequently the chemistry between her & Superman) seemed almost fake or forced at different times. Honestly, she’s in a lot of the movie.
- A darker look for Superman in general–not just with his physical suit appearance, but his psyche, decisions, and the movie as a whole. He does something in the movie that we’ve never seen him do on screen before (and most definitely not in that manner), which was rather off-putting to me (and definitely NOT something I want my boys to see anytime soon).
- The Clark Kent that we are used to from all the other Superman films is essentially absent from this movie.
So, what to know before you go…
This is NOT your classic Superman movie. Like, not at all! So, just understand that going in (otherwise you are going to be really disappointed). If you want something different from Superman (darker & more sci-fi), then you’ll probably love this. If you loved the 2006 version or the classic Christopher Reeves Superman, then you might not like this one so much! And, from a parent perspective (in our opinion), the PG-13 label is not to be taken lightly! Our boys (6 and under) have yet to see any of the Marvel or DC Superhero movies, but this will NOT be one of the first when the time does come. Most of those movies all carry the PG-13 rating; however, compared to something like the Avengers, this one is MUCH darker, has WAY more bad language, and many more “real life” terrifying scenes as a whole. Without giving too much away, there are some scenes that definitely could be traumatic for kids (and even some adults)…especially if you’re in the midst of dealing with bullying, have recently dealt with death, or most certainly if you have recently been affected by any of the devastating tornadoes!
So, to me, it’s not surprising that this latest Superman film seems to be getting mixed reviews. It’s certainly not one of my favorite superhero shows, but overall, it’s still a decent film and will most definitely be selling out box offices this weekend.
Are YOU planning on seeing Man of Steel? Have you seen it already? What did you think?!
Disclosure: We received complimentary press tickets to screen the movie for the purpose of review. All opinions and experiences are my own and your opinion of the movie may differ from mine.