Friday, 25 March 2016

Review: Man of Steel (second-pass)

World of Blackout Film Review

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Man of Steel (second-pass)
Cert: 12A / 143 mins / Dir. Zack Snyder / Trailer
WoB Rating: 6/7

Superman's mum is hot. There, I said it. I mean his Kryptonian mum (no offence Superman's Earth mum). I'd noticed this last time I watched the film, but I'd forgotten how much until now. This seemed to be a running theme, in fact. I'd also forgotten how much I enjoyed Man of Steel. I didn't forget that I enjoyed it, of course, just how much damned fun it is. Even the run-time didn't bother me too much this time around.

Another thing which slipped my mind is that both of Superman's dads here are Robin Hood. If that's not the setup for a sitcom, I don't know what the hell is.

But yeah, I had great fun revisiting Zack Snyder's retooling of Krypton's last son. I love how much time we get to spend on his home planet at the beginning of the film. It's not a throwaway setup, it's an entire prologue and everything which follows benefits massively from its inclusion. And even if the last hour of the movie is essentially an extended fight scene, it's a one which doesn't let up.

Although really, Kal? Now you sigh audibly and snap Zod's neck? Before the cowering family in the corner are bisected, but after hundreds of thousands have been crushed under the collapse of Metropolis? Oh, alright then…

Still holding up well after a few years, Man of Steel is DC proving that they can play with the big boys. Or rather, proving that they are one of the big boys.

So, watch this if you enjoyed?
Tonally, it's somewhere between Chris Nolan's Batman and Tim Burton's Batman.

Should you watch this in a cinema, though?
If you get the chance, sure.

Does the film achieve what it sets out to do?
More than.

Is this the best work of the cast or director?
It's certainly the best I've seen Cavill.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Yes, but is there a Wilhelm Scream in it?
There certainly is.

Yes, but what's the Star Wars connection?
Level 2: This film's got Larry Fishburne in it, and he was in that Apocalypse Now, as was Harrison 'Solo' Ford.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

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