We learn in the movie trailer of Man of Steel that the “S” on Superman’s chest is really a symbol meaning “Hope” on the planet Krypton. That came to mind as Amy Adams spoke at Spike’s Guy’s Choice Awards as Man of Steel won the award for most anticipated movie of the year. She said, “I hope that the movie lives up to all of the anticipation.” I hoped the same thing as I bought my ticket for the movie yesterday.
You know the story – As a boy, Clark Kent learns that he has extraordinary powers, was born on another plantet, and was adopted by his earth parents. As a young man, he travels the world to learn more about his origins and his purpose in life. He learns to harness his powers and becomes a symbol of “Hope” for everyone on earth.
Man of Steel does a few things really well:
- The story is familiar but different enough to keep your attention.
- The action scenes were done very well.
- Henry Cavill was an excellent choice for the role of Superman.
Here’s where the film is really lacking (in my opinion):
There’s way too much action and not enough story.
Come on! It’s Superman for crying out loud. Where was the fun? Where was the romance (besides the lame kiss and cliché)? Where was the humor? For that matter, where was the dialogue?
As Tom Long of the Detroit News states, “Man of Steel packs quite a wallop. A few too many wallops, as it turns out.”