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From Empire Online:
Man of Steel Review
The Clark Knight
4 stars out of 5.
Verdict: It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi — huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise. Read full Empire Review.From Digital Spy:
4 stars out of 5
Man of Steel begins on Krypton as Lara (Ayelet Zurer) and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) welcome the planet's first natural birth in centuries. Their people, once ambitious intergalactic explorers, genetically engineer newborns to serve in pre-determined roles. With the planet's natural resources exhausted and Krypton in its final days, Jor-El rockets his son to safety as military leader General Zod (Michael Shannon) stages a last-minute coup with designs on purifying the race and starting over. He's banished to the Phantom Zone, but only after vowing to find Kal-El.
Whereas previous films have used Lois Lane (here gamely played by Amy Adams) as a key emotional crutch for Superman, here the emphasis is on fathers and sons, the push-pull between Kryptonian and human heritage and Clark's desire for belonging and acceptance.Screenwriter Goyer cleverly plays out this thematic thread between Clark, the Kents and Jor-El ('alive' as an echo of his preserved consciousness), while also keeping it a key component to Zod's masterplan (and thus a way to conjure up jaw-dropping spectacle).
Snyder's instincts as an action director quickly come to the fore as he marshals skirmishes on Krypton, a huge-scale battle in Smallville and a Metropolis smack-about that sends Superman and Zod careening through skyscrapers. With the latest digital tools at its disposal, Man of Steel is easily the most exhilarating and arresting interpretation of Superman yet. When Cavill's predecessors took flight it all seemed so leisurely. Here, his lift-offs are positively supersonic.From Crave Online:
The Brit actor cuts an impressive figure both in and out of the red and blue. He tackles the role without a trace of irony, meaning he's in keeping with the straight-arrow seriousness of the film but perhaps lacking the immediate charm of Reeve's Superman. When it comes to sheer physicality, though, he's far more dynamic and intimidating than any of his predecessors. Snyder and co have gone to great lengths to ditch the boy scout label. Read more: Full review!
“Man of Steel is, by far, the best Superman movie ever made.”
Man of Steel is a movie we need right now, and while normally such blanket statements refer to films of great portent or contemporary significance, I’m not convinced that Man of Steel is either of those things, not really. It’s a remarkable piece of popcorn entertainment with a few lofty issues on its mind that are simply expressed beautifully throughout the film. It’s an impressive retelling of a story that is generations old, and that somehow feels fresh here, without sacrificing the greatness that began with Action Comics #1. It could, to use the common parlance, be referred to as “awesome.” But awesome no longer means “awesome.” Awesome means “strikingly cool.” Man of Steel is awesome in that it inspires a sense of genuine awe. That, dear readers, is something of value by its lonesome.From Screen Crush:‘Man of Steel’ Review
The story of Man of Steel is familiar and new. Those who know the Superman myth will recognize many old beats, hit here with rhythm and motion. The planet of Krypton is dying. Superman’s parents send their infant son to Earth so he can escape the devastation. Superman is raised in Kansas by kind-hearted parents. Superman becomes Superman, meets Lois Lane, and saves the day. Contemporary children, it seems, are born already knowing this storyline from beginning to end. It is a part of our pop cultural heritage, and so it is important to tell again, every so often, so that every generation can treat Superman as their own. Read full Review.
9 out of 10 rating!
I believe a man can fly — and beat the living hell out of Michael Shannon for close to 40 compounded minutes in ways hitherto unseen on film. But Zack Snyder‘s ‘Man of Steel‘ is no mere slugfest. It goes for broke, faces the legend and tackles the iconography of one of modernity’s largest-shared myth, Kal-El of Krypton, on its own terms. It is among the finest “franchise reboots” of all time, which may sound like a bit of a backhanded compliment until you realize that this is, in fact, a genre unto itself. It manages, somehow, to be “the same but different,” a new film that everyone under the yellow sun knows from beginning to end. It is the film of summer 2013.More positive MOS Critics Reviews...
It’s still the same white hat/black hat dynamic, as is the nascent romance between Kal-El and Lois Lane. She’s still a determined reporter, but hardly a damsel waiting to get rescued. She’s able to defend herself and ends up being something of a go-between for Kal-El and the American military. Yeah, sure, she gets saved from falling to her death on more than one occasion, but it is hardly like it was before.
“Lane as intermediary” is needed because this is a post-9/11 Superman. It’s made plain that our culture is one far more driven by fear than when Richard Donner made his bigscreen version in 1978. Read full Review.
Time Out London: "‘Man of Steel’ is punchy, engaging and fun."
Total Film: "And alongside all those Malicky moments (did we mention the jar of pencils?) are grace notes of purest popcorn. You’ll believe a man can fly. You’ll also believe he can look super-cool skidding across tarmac in the heat of battle."
New York Post: "I’ve not been a fan of director Zack Snyder (“Sucker Punch’’) in the past, but under Nolan’s supervision he largely lays off the ADD editing and does a highly respectable, and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology in “Man of Steel.’’
THR: "To the oft-asked question of whether or not the world is really starving for yet another superhero origin story, Man of Steel simply responds by serving up what could be as much spectacle and action — minute-by-minute, frame-by-frame — as any movie anyone could think of."
HitFix: "With this version, Snyder's done far more than convince me that a man can fly. For the first time, I believe that Superman is the most important hero in the world of this movie, and that we need him, not just as a protector, but as a symbol of what we can be when we are raised by the right people and given a chance to find our way in the world."
Twitch: "Surging with contained energy, often grim, but never oppressive, Man of Steel presents a Superman who is far less concerned with "truth, justice, and the American way" than he is with surviving to fight another day with as much integrity as possible, while preserving alive as many people as possible. Somehow, it still feels like a triumph of the common man over evil."
Plus some Amy Adams/Lois Lane positive MOS Reviews...
- “…Clark’s discovery of his destiny collides him with conspiracy-minded reporter Lois Lane. Amy Adams is unlike any Lois we’ve seen: piercing, cerebral, genuinely brave instead of that most clapped-out of adjectives, “feisty” (“I get writer’s block if I’m not wearing a flak jacket,” she declares, clearly more Kate Adie than Nancy Drew). She’s a strong, clever piece of casting in a film stacked with quality turns. – SFX
- Bright, brave, beautiful, Amy Adams is everything you want Lois Lane to be – except funny.[…]For a good while the Lois/Clark relationship is cat/mouse, but without generating much sizzle. Although one late development (harking back to Richards Donner and Lester) teases that things will be friskier next time out. - Total Film
- Adams is very good as Lois, and I believe (for reasons I cannot divulge without spoiling the movie) that this is the smartest, strongest and best iteration of the character ever. She still falls into damsel in distress situations, but they’re not the sort we’ve seen in previous films, where her intrepid investigating gets her in over her head. Rather they come from her insistence on being present and helpful and acting as more than just a note-taking spectator. She isn’t simply documenting the legend of Superman here, she’s taking part in it. - BADASSDigest
- Amy Adams is the right kind of snappy for Lois Lane, a go-getter who finds a kindred spirit in Clark. – Film.com
- The appealing Adams, again with the script’s support, may be the first actress who plays Lois Lane not as a 1930’s-style “girl reporter” but instead as an actual journalist who happens to be a woman. – The Wrap
- “…It’s still the same white hat/black hat dynamic, as is the nascent romance between Kal-El and Lois Lane. She’s still a determined reporter, but hardly a damsel waiting to get rescued. She’s able to defend herself and ends up being something of a go-between for Kal-El and the American military. Yeah, sure, she gets saved from falling to her death on more than one occasion, but it is hardly like it was before.
“Lane as intermediary” is needed because this is a post-9/11 Superman. It’s made plain that our culture is one far more driven by fear than when Richard Donner made his bigscreen version in 1978. - ScreenCrush
- Case in point: Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, defies many of the character’s most familiar traits. She does not look down on Clark Kent, she does not make goo-goo eyes at Superman, and she figures out almost immediately who the hero really is. The classic, troublesome cliché – that Lois Lane is a talented reporter who knows Superman and Clark Kent personally, and yet somehow cannot make the connection between them – vanishes in Man of Steel, and not just because it’s a clever bit of metatextual irony. It’s important that Lois Lane knows who Superman is, and that she knows right away. It establishes her intelligence, but first and foremost puts her in a position to embody all of humanity to an alien hero. She’s the first person outside of the Kent family to learn Superman’s secret, and because she can be both inquisitive “and” trustworthy, the rest of the population of Superman’s adoptive home surely can too. She’s not just a love interest, and in fact she hardly ever needs rescuing: she can handle herself, and she yet appreciates Superman’s help. Just like the rest of mankind. - CraveOnline
- Amy Adams is solid as Lois Lane. But this isn’t the Lois and Clark story, this is a story about Clark finding his place in the world, so for those expecting a lot of heath between this famous comic book couple you might be slightly disappointed, however by the end of Man of Steel you’ll see how their relationship can definitely be taken further in many more interesting directions in future films” – IGN
- “Amy Adams reinvents the role of Lois Lane making her smart, giving her depth, and a reason for Superman to fall in love with the character.” – TotalFilm