Movie review: “Man of Steel”

man of steel

Partner and I saw “Man of Steel,” the new Superman film, last weekend.



As a film, it mostly stinks. The more you think about it, the worse it gets. Imagine Pa Kent telling young Clark that he maybe shouldn’t have rescued a schoolbus full of children, because he might have revealed his secret identity!



It’s basically a redo of the second Christopher Reeve movie from 1980. General Zod is back from Krypton. There’s a big battle for the planet Earth.  Guess who wins?



Many critics have pointed out that this Superman doesn’t seem to care much about collateral damage. His extended battles with the villains take out a big chunk of Manhattan, ahem, Metropolis. This is strange for someone who, to paraphrase him, “just wants to help people.”



And so on, and so on.



But there are two bright spots.



One is a new plot point: Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams) is the first one to figure out that Superman is Clark Kent, very early in the movie. There’s a cute scene at the end of the movie when she’s introduced to him in disguise, and she does a very comical little double-take at him. This, for me, is a relief; the whole secret-identity thing is a little exhausting sometimes, and – let’s face it – if you can bend steel in your bare hands, you really shouldn’t be all that worried about people knowing your real name.



The other bright spot is Henry Cavill.



You know I tend to gush over beefily handsome actors. Well, here goes again. Henry Cavill is just about perfect. He has an adorable smile and a wonderful profile, and he has the face of an angel and the body of a Bengal tiger on steroids.



All through the movie, all the while I was hating the tiredness and confusion of the plot and direction, I was loving me some Henry Cavill.



If you haven’t seen it on the big screen yet, skip it. Wait for the DVR / Blu-Ray / Netflix version.



Because you don’t need to see it on the big screen, but you really owe it to yourself to see Henry.



He is the stuff that dreams are made of.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

2 Responses to Movie review: “Man of Steel”

  1. starproms says:

    I won’t be seeing this film Loren. I wonder if it will appeal to the younger element to whom it will appear new and fresh, no doubt.

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