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Man of Steel (2013)

7.12 h 22 min2013X-Ray12
Superman takes to the skies once more as Henry Cavill dons the mantle of the Man of Steel -- wrestling with a past he can't comprehend and a future he cannot escape.
Zack Snyder
Henry CavillAmy AdamsMichael Shannon
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4.5 out of 5 stars

19603 global ratings

  1. 69% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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DCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
This would get 4.5 stars if that were an option
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Let me get two things out of the way that affect some peoples views on this film. Christopher Reeve portrayed a beloved 'version' of this character. As a kid, I liked all 4 movies and liked II, I, IV and III in order of preference. Some people have an issue with Man of Steel because it is not that version. In the comics, Superman cannot teleport. He doesn't throw cellophane 'S' shields at villains etc so this is why I refer to Reeve as playing a 'version'. Man of Steel is far more accurate to the Superman mythos but again, is a version - there are multiple takes on this character.

The second is Zack Snyder and views on his work are divisive. Some people have taken issue with Snyder about the story in this movie and seem unaware that he didn't write it; David Goyer and Christopher Nolan did. Furthermore, this project is designed to ignore all other versions and is essentially a 'first contact' story. In other words, how would the world react if they discovered a being with Superman's powers was real - a line of dialogue in the movie spoken by Perry White says as much. Keeping this concept in mind, I think this movie is almost excellent.

Snyder's visuals are the best of any Superhero director in my humble opinion. The score is spectacular. There isn't a bad acting performance in the entire movie. So why only 4.5 stars? The pallet used is a little too muted, requested by Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan off the back of the Dark Knight trilogy. As others have mentioned, this works better for Batman (vengeance) than it does Superman (hope). The final battle goes on a little longer than was needed and finally there is a writing decision re: Jonathan Kent that I didn't care for. Aside from those very minor niggles, this movie is very close to perfection. It captures the struggles and frustrations of the main character and the notion of feeling like an outsider but still trying to do the right thing. Krypton is wonderfully realised and Michael Shannon as Zod is superb, under Snyder's direction delivering a performance that fits brilliantly with the story being told. It's such a shame that Warner execs significantly tampered with later entries in the DCEU that hindered the progression of such an impressive start of that shared universe. The Marvel movies are great for family viewing but it is Man of Steel (and Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition) that I return to time and again.
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BettyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful - certainly not a superman movie
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Shame I could not rate it as 0 stars. Disappointing does not even come close to describe this epic failure of an attempt to re-tell the superman story. Lots of special effects and action sequences, but the heart of the storyline was certainly not captured. The whole film is utterly depressing, full of unnecessary violence and the whole story is unbelievable and seems to be told backwards.

Superman is supposed to be inspiring, but there is nothing uplifting about this film. Henry Cavill is halfway believable as the man of steel, but looks really scruffy most of the time – why should that be?! There is no chemistry at all between the two main characters. Amy Adams is the worst Lois Lane I have ever come across. Lois Lane is spunky, quick witted and can hold her own but Adam’s performance was more than flat and certainly not believable. Adams was as well cast in the role of Lois Lane as a chicken would be at an attempt to play a tiger – a lot of flap and no roar.

I thought that 'Superman Returns' was quite a poor do, but this one even tops that waste of a film! I am really surprised at the good reviews for this flop – my advice would be save yourself the money and the 137min you won’t ever get back, it is certainly not worth your while.
8 people found this helpful
Miss R E FullerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a terrible film
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Came here for Henry Cavil, thought, it can't be as bad as I remember it. It's worse. Why is Russell Crowe in this film so much when he *SPOILER ALERT* dies in the first what feels like an hour but is probably only the first 20 mins?! Is there chemistry between Amy Adams and Henry Cavil? No, there isn't. The CGI feels rushed and dumped in. The film takes itself far too seriously and then allows some "jokes" at the end that fall flat because they don't fit with the rest of the film. Why did Zack Snyder think putting a grey filter over the whole film was a good idea? A waste of a talented cast and 2 hours of your life you won't get back.
Make a Red Son Superman film.
8 people found this helpful
GryptypeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cavill carries it
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It's a pretty good film on the whole and mostly because Henry Cavill does a great job as Superman. Being extremely old I am firmly in the Christopher Reeves camp who played it with a lot of understated heart and subtle humour.

Cavill brings that same kind of warmth and existential dilemma to the role and glues the rest of the plot together. It's a little hokey in places: You get a fair bit of slo-mo wistful Americana shots that smell like Bruckheimer, along with some bizarre, although fairly small(ish), plot holes that you shouldn't think about for too long.

Unlike the Reeves comparison, Amy Adams' Lois Lane is a bit weak. She's injected into the film as being somehow allowed to have access to a top-secret military find as she's a reporter... ...something to do with Canada...? From then on she's effectively used as a linch pin for Superman's morals and isn't massively believable. Again, that could be misplaced nostalgia for Kidder; who may have been too much the other way.

It's worth mentioning the films beginning where a believable Crowe plays the Brandon role as Superman's father. Other than that, there's a new Zod who's pretty good. The fight scenes are okay but are basically CGI fests that you can sort of switch off to.

Ah, go on - for £5 it's well worth a look. It would be great to see some of the other weirder Superman arcs play out with Cavill in the role like the Red Son but that will never happen although I'm sure he'd pull them off.
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J. Temperance (Hull)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Technical Overload
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There was probably a really good film in here, somewhere. There is definitely a interesting story to be told about someone brought up and living in an adopted world, fighting not to be an outsider and then contacted by his original people who are facing extinction and want to wipe out the the who of this new world so they can rebuild.

This tells that story but replaces the nuances with fight scenes and clever FX. The film is in fact at least 30 minutes too long because of this. The CGI is in fact brilliant but is put in there too often and lasts too long. It becomes boring and not least because all films in this genre use the same tactics and mainly the same effects. CGI fights are now to the 2010 to present what car chases were to the 1970s. They are really clever but actually detract when there is a good film in there.

I did enjoy this film but could have done with a bit less crash! bang! and wallop! and to be honest Henry Cavill is no Christopher Reeves in terms of depth of character and humour. However, one thing is for sure. It is so much better than Superman v Batman.
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JahkaiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film.
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This film had you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Ruseell Crowe, (Gladiator) Michael Shannon, (Boardwalk Empire) and the dashing Henry Caville, (Immortals). As well as Diane Lane, (A perfect storm) and Kevin Costner, (Field of Dreams) a timeless classic now updated with great actors who bought this film alive with their great acting.
Set in futuristic Krypton, from his birth, Superman was destined for greatness, due to the demise of his own planet, he is sent to earth and there the story really begins. Throughout the movie, there were some pivotal moments which bought this movie home. The CGI is amazing, brilliant acting all round. For me has to be one of the best Superman movies, except for the late, great Christopher Reeve.
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A W MARLERReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Oh dear what a wreck
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I don't often write bad reviews but I couldn't even get to the end of this. No character building, no empathy, no logic in why/how Krypton destroyed but only Superman and the baddies could get away despite all sorts of technology.... all special effects and most of those clearly borrowed ideas (dragons from Avatar, metal grabby things from Matrix).

Why did superman only get strong because of the all extra sunshine etc but Zod just landed and was as strong immediately. And the best bit... "oh I've got a time bender thing in my escape pod I'll throw it a the baddie ship"... scientist "ah yes create a singularity... that's do it"... bloody hell this is out of primary school essay writing.

Christopher Reeve must be turning in his grave... his will never be bettered but this really was awful.
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AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad
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Although I'm not an out and out fan of Superman I did quite like this film. I thought Henry Cavill did a fine job as Superman though he was upstaged to a degree by Amy Adams who I think is my go to Lois Lane. The storyline was good to a point but got lost, as so often happens in Sci Fi, behind all the excessive special effects. In the days of yore when I was young it was the background music which all too often became foreground music so you couldn't hear the dialogue. Nowadays the egotistical special effects departments have taken on this irritating mantle by overwhelming everything else in so many films. Don't get me wrong I think they are brilliantly clever and at times quite exciting, and even awe inspiring, but all to ofteni t can ruin a film instead of enhance it when spread on to thickly. To the director/producer/whatever I would say let the actors act and use less of the wizadry it will give the viewer a more relatable experience. Overall I think this film was good, perhaps a bit jumpy by which I mean it goes back and forward in time too much for my liing, but I liked it.
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