Not going to bury the lead. “The Man of Steel” is the most boring super hero movie I have ever seen. Elevating comic book superheroes to high drama is okay with me. Christopher Nolan did it beautifully in his Batman trilogy. But this current incarnation of the man faster than a speeding bullet takes itself way too seriously.
Wit and humor? Gone! Double entendres? Non- existent. Sexual tension and banter? Move along. Nothing to see here.
“The Man of Steel” is devoid of all joy. There is lots of action. The two hour plus movie has so many battles they practically happen on top of each other. But don’t expect edge of your seat thrills and chills. Instead you will face an onslaught of CGI blurry objects and blinding explosions.
And there’s plenty to fight about. The movie begins on Krypton, covering the battle to save the planet and more importantly the race from total extinction. We see why Clark is so special and the efforts his parents made to save him. Plus we learn about the criminal castoffs that will eventually follow Clark to earth. But in spite of showing all this, “The Man of Steel” has so much voice over narration that the entire movie feels like it is a prologue for movies to come.
This time around Henry Cavill straps on the iconic tights and cape. Cavill is a great dramatic actor who gets plenty of time to brood and emote. Rugged and handsome, he fits the bill to a T or rather S. Yet even his charms couldn’t save this movie. His Superman was like all the other characters in “The Man of Steel”: painfully one dimensional.
Amy Adams plays Lois Lane but her vast talents are also wasted. Before her character has a change of heart, she comes across as such a hard-nosed journalist that her single-mindedness reminds you of everything you hate about the press. When she finally shares a kiss with Superman there isn’t a single degree of heat.
Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner are Superman’s Krypton and Earth dads, respectively. Both do a fine job but it’s all just more dark drama. And I think that together they actually have more screen time than Superman!
There is a visual hint as to what to expect in the sequel and you won’t have to wait till the end of the credits. But I have got to tell you, I am not looking forward to more of the same.
“The Man of Steel” flies in with 2&1/2 Red Vines for being a dud and not the delicious milky kind
A MAN’S VIEW: Okay in all fairness I need to share that two of my male co-workers, while not overly enthusiastic about their praise, did enjoy the movie. Then again, I also overheard a man tell his companion that he hated the movie. I approached him to talk about it and he felt the same way that I did. “The Man of Steel” simply isn’t fun.
A preview of this movie was provided to me by the studio but it in no way affects my unbiased review.