Night at the Movies: Man of Steel

By on June 20, 2013

The much anticipated new Superman: Man of Steel flick premièred Friday June 15th 2013, and there have been many mixed reviews on this latest Superman rebirth. The movie raked in a whopping $116,619,362 million on opening weekend, and cost $225,000,000 to make. And still is Currently ranked No. 1 at the box office with $152,777,618.

I am just as much a fan as the next Comic-Con goer, and do believe that Superman I-III are still the best, who can top Mr. Christopher Reeve? The latest instalment ‘Man of Steel‘ was actually decent enough for me to forget Bryan Singers hack job of Superman Returns; I know you’re all thinking it!

Let’s start with the positives. For one thing I was extremely impressed with the way the story is retold. The destruction of Krypton due to over harvesting of the planets resources to the point of collapse. Jor-El sending his infant son Kal-El from the doomed Krypton to planet earth. The infant found and adopted by the Kent family, battling nurture vs. nature in understanding who he is and why he is so different. While captive in the phantom zone the warlord General Dru-Zod watches Krypton implode and vow to find Kal-El, then finds him on earth.

The work up to the action was kind of slow and choppy, be patient, when it kicks in you will need eyeball clamps in order to avoid blinking so you could soak it all up. The action sequences and fight scenes are intense and well done. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Rise of an empire prequel to 300 and the lesser known Sucker Punch) and produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, inception to name a few).

Now let’s look at the drawbacks. Aside from the movie length which is roughly 2 ½ hours long, the director tried to fit a huge storyline into one movie. The acting was decent but the scripting was kind of mediocre and cheesy at times.  For a protagonist like Clark Kent, the lines did fit his persona, to be shy and quirky. The rest of the supporting cast did a bang-up job.

That being said, I did have a better expectation going into the movie; then again sometimes too much hype can leave one feeling unsatisfied at times. The movie is worthy of being watched and is a good start for the rebirth of a series. Henry Cavill is definitely franchise ready to return as long as he can grow into the Superman/Clark Kent role.

I highly recommend checking out this movie in UltraAVX 3D, while you’re at it, splurge a little and go for the VIP option so you can enjoy a tasty alcoholic beverage, or two, or three. gives this flick a 1 ½ thumbs up!


This off-the-cuff movie review has been brought to you by the letter “S”.  And by The Movie Assassin Critics lesser known alter ego, Joe Bloggs.




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