I had mixed feelings prior to seeing this movie. On the one hand, I was curious to see how well the “serious” tone would play out for this version of Superman. At the same time, I was a little uncertain when I took a look at the casting.
After having seen it, I can say that some scenes flowed better than others.
Russell Crowe surprised me here. I haven’t been too fond of any of the roles he’s taken since A Beautiful Mind (2001), but in Man of Steel I found his character a little endearing. Christopher Meloni was another surprise in this movie. I had no idea he was going to be in it, for one, and for another I really liked his character even if it wasn’t a very big role. I also liked Kevin Costner as Clark’s father. I think Henry Cavill was a good choice as Superman, as I did think he looked the part, though I don’t think I would have minded seeing Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Welling (from the Smallville TV series) playing this same role; I think it could have been interesting.
Some of the transitions didn’t seem very smooth to me. The story flip flops from present to past and back again for about the first half (and a small snip at the end). While this may work for some stories, in this case I thought it was a little distracting at times. The action in here was pretty cool though; some sequences both looked and reminded me of a video game cut scene.
As far as the story goes, I definitely think the antagonist was given help by basically being evacuated instead of exterminated as he should have been prior to Krypton’s demise. If General Zod had been eliminated that early on though, of course, there would have been no story.
In regards to Clark Kent’s character in this movie, I did think it was a little strange no one seems to recognize him at the end, because I feel like his identity was pretty out there early on in comparison to any other Superman storyline I’ve seen. Then again, maybe that’s just me.
FINAL VERDICT: B-
I saw this in standard definition, but I think it might be worth seeing this in at least IMAX. I don’t think I really saw anything that had the potential to “pop out” and thereby justify watching it in 3D, but I think it could be nice to see with a clearer picture. Don’t get me wrong though, even in standard definition the picture was pretty clear; just the colors are probably not as vibrant as they could be in IMAX.