"Man of Steel"

THIS is a 200 million dollar film. $225 million to be exact.

“The only way you know how strong you are is by testing your limits.” The team of Christopher Nolan and Davis S. Goyer didn’t change the story but revolutionized the iconic comic book character, Superman, through edge-of-your-seat special effects and heartwarming and breaking moments.

The social chimes that rang through this film are loud and evident. Bullying, as Clark was teased in school and even called “dicksplash.” At birth, Clark was noted by his mother, Lara, that he would be an outcast even a freak. The change in the score when Clark learns who he is and steps out in the Superman clothing is breathtaking and could represent coming out of the closet. Lawmakers who are supposed to make decisions for their people but only sit in great garb in high power. Then there is of course religion. Small town Kansas worshippers and the mother who says that Clark is a gift from God. “S” representing hope on planet Krypton but on earth “s” just an “s.” Also, that this film was released on Father’s Day weekend. Jor-El being God and Jonathan being Clark’s father on earth.

Diane Lane is pleasant as Martha Kent but she clearly wasn’t keeping up with her Neutrogena regimen. Russell Crowe reminds us that he is a gladiator actor. Kevin Costner has to stop meeting audiences on a field. As an audience, we knew the supporting players and the key players. Henry Cavill made for a strong Superman but his acting needs a little saving.

One of the weak parts of the film was when the disaster scenes happened. When thousands of people see something strange illuminating the sky and once said strange illuminating thing strikes, then you want to start running? If I knew there was something strange going on, I would already be in Pennsylvania eating a Hershey’s. Also, when one of the characters died by the twist of a neck. That was it? That could have been done from the beginning.

I thought about the Oklahoma cities that were affected by the recent tornados. I also thought about New York. “This is the End” was set in Los Angeles. People in LA were portrayed as superficial and had no idea what to do. I see why every other disaster film is in New York because New York is a resilient city.

It makes sense that this team was able to bring back Superman. With the past bad adaptations of Batman, that comic book icon through film has been revived full fold. Hopefully the future will soar for the next Superman films.

Questions and Thoughts:
• Do people still shop at Sears? 
• The costumes were elaborate. Could Michael Wilkinson give Catherine Martin a jig at her change? (Sorry, I was trying to speak Gatsby.)
• Daily Planet wouldn’t publish a story about an alien walking the earth but National Enquirer publishes that story every week.
• What brotha has ever had the last name Swanwick? 
• Glad to see Harry Lennix onscreen.
• Why does Kristen Stewart keep getting considered for high profiled roles that are not of her acting caliber? Olivia Wilde would have been interesting for Lois Lane.
• Viggo Mortensen was up for Zod, another interesting choice, but Michael Shannon was commanding. Ben Affleck was considered as director among a few others like Darren Aronofsky. Zack Snyder has a visual signature for a big budget film like this.
• “I’ve been on this planet 33 years and I haven’t infected anyone.” Another social chime I thought was talking about the HIV/AIDS virus.
• Why didn’t Jor-El, Lara and baby Kal-El take a selfie before the world ended?