I really don’t think any film in 2013 divided audiences more than Man of Steel. I also don’t think there would have been as much discussion had it not been directed by Zack Snyder. Snyder seems to be one of those directors that spark debate regardless of the content of the film. He is often derided for having no heart to his films, and I personally could not disagree more. I have loved every film the man has made so far, and I thought Man of Steel was brilliant. There was much criticism that there was too much action and not enough story, which I do not understand considering more than 50% of the film was backstory and character development. And then there was the matter of the ending. I won’t give it away for those who have not seen it, but I thought it was very well done and an integral part of building the Superman mythos. My wish is for those who didn’t like it to move on and for those like me who did like it, celebrate it together.
The story does not need much recapping here, but quickly, baby Kal-El is sent away from the dying planet of Krypton by his parents and is raised on Earth by humans to be wary of his powers and how mankind will respond to him. Man of Steel is about Clark Kent’s struggle to discover who he is, where he came from, and what his purpose is. When an old threat from his home planet reaches Earth and threatens it, Clark must use his powers to save the only home he has ever known.
For me, Man of Steel wasn’t the perfect Superman movie, but it was never meant to be. This was a movie about the genesis of the hero. The perfect Superman movie should theoretically be what comes next. But as a genesis movie, it was damn near perfect. The new realization of Krypton was breathtaking; the casting was phenomenal across the board, especially Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. In his few scenes he perfectly brought the heart to the role that shapes Clark Kent’s values. And as far as the last hour goes and the action sequences? Mind blowing, staggering, and flawlessly executed. Everything I ever wanted to see in a superhero brawl. All in all, Man of Steel is an excellent addition to the superhero genre and a fresh reboot to the Superman franchise.
The Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Video is damn near perfect. Bright bold colors, incredible detail, crystal clarity and sound to blow the pictures off the walls; Man of Steel is the action reference disc for 2013. Highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.