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Man of Steel

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 Written by
David S. Goyer Screenplay
David S. Goyer Story
Christopher Nolan Story
Joe Shuster Characters
Jerry Siegel Characters
Jay Oliva Storyboard

 Directed by
Zack Snyder


 Release Date
June 12, 2013

2 hours and 23 minutes (143 minutes)

Henry Cavill
  Clark Kent / Superman / Kal-El
Amy Adams
  Lois Lane
Michael Shannon
  General Zod
Kevin Costner
  Jonathan Kent
Russell Crowe
Diane Lane
  Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne
  Perry White
Antje Traue
Christopher Meloni
  Colonel Hardy
Jadin Gould
  Lana Lang
Tahmoh Penikett
Ayelet Zurer
  Lara Lor-Van
Richard Schiff
  Dr. Emil Hamilton
Dylan Sprayberry
  Clark Kent at 13
Michael Kelly
  Steve Lombard
Carla Gugino
  Kelor (voice)
Richard Cetrone
Mackenzie Gray
Julian Richings
Mary Black
Samantha Jo
Rebecca Buller
Christina Wren
  Major Carrie Farris
David Lewis
  Major Laramore
Doug Abrahams
Brad Kelly
Alessandro Juliani
  Officer Sekowsky
Jack Foley
  Teenage Pete Ross
Robert Gerdisch
  Whitney Fordman
Harry Lennix
  General Swanwick
Jacqueline Scislowski
Sean Campbell
  Bar Buddy
Rebecca Spence
  Young Mother

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Good flawed film with a great soundtrack
By Jack Anderson on September 16, 2018

The film starts extremely fast with a broad sense of urgency, coupled with a great and very effective soundtrack. This is pure sci-fi, and after the very serious and down to Earth Dark Knight trilogy, things are going 360° in the opposite direction and it is very good to do it like this. It feels fresh and even though the introduction is filled with CGI, it still works because we know this is just one part of the story.

Through various flashbacks, we get to see Clark Kent becoming Superman, over the years, until he really finds out who he is. This is well produced and overall interesting. My only concern is that it doesn't really work. As an example, there is one particular scene that clearly does not work. It is a flashback where Clark Kent basically lets his father die. While it could have worked maybe on paper, it really does not in the film.
While I understand the rational and the original angle, it does not work.

As for the actor himself, Henry Cavill has obviously the looks of Superman. My problem is that I think hiring Cavill was a bad casting decision. The character is not able to go past the perfection of Superman. He doesn't bring much added value to the character. Therefore, his performance is contrived and doesn't really work for me. To be frank, it is not entirely his fault, to say the least, as he doesn't have much dialogue to work with anyway.

At one point, during the film, there is a massive action scene taking place in Smallville. And as big as it is, unfortunately, it ultimately fails because we simply do not care about invincible people fighting other invincible people.

Zach Snyder directs an interesting movie and really did the work. The overall problem for me is that we get a movie so focused on the action that we are left wanting for me.

But I cannot talk about this film without referring to the soundtrack. Hans Zimmer is, once again, the master of movie soundtrack. I kid you not, if there was a version of the opening scene without his music, the film would suddenly feel way worse than it is.

Still, at the end, the movie is not bad. I liked the very serious tone of the movie, insufflated by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan's writing.

I give it 5 out of 10. A good but flawed film with a great soundtrack.

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