Well, I saw Man of Steel in December. And I wanted to like it; some of my closest friends really like it, after all! But, alas, at the end of the movie I sat there feeling like something had tried to happen and had failed. And the more I thought about if afterward, the more I disliked it. To me, this was a two star movie.
So, here are 6 reasons why I disliked Man of Steel.
(For obvious reasons, I shall refrain as much as possible in comparing Man of Steel to the Marvel universe because they’re made by two different companies and that seems unfair. I shall be referencing to fellow DC superhero Batman instead.)
1. The romance between Lois Lane and Superman felt very forced. The couple is a classic, yes. But don’t tell me that! To me, it felt like the romance happened because it had to happen and it felt really weird. They barely knew each other for most of the film and all of a sudden they’re making out at the end as if they have this connection! I wanted to see them fall in love but all I got was “They’re a classic, look, they’re together in our reboot! See, see??!!” It was an overall weak romance that felt forced and I didn’t care for it at all.
2. The film felt detached and impersonal. I didn’t feel connected to a single character throughout the entire film and as stated above, none of the characters seem to connect either. I saw the pain of Clark but I didn’t feel it. I should be able to connect with at least the main character of any film, I mean, is that too much to ask? In Batman Begins, I actually felt for Bruce Wayne, I connected to him! That’s something I really loved about Batman Begins. But since I didn’t connect to Superman, I felt nothing when he first flew, first learned who he was, first anything. Same with Lois. (My Mom and sister also felt unconnected to the film, so I am not alone here.) On an overall character scale, I understood and liked the villains best out of everyone, which I don’t think is a great thing. So, it felt very impersonal to me and that was a big letdown.
3. The beginning kept me in the dark for too long. For the first part of the movie, I was literally saying out loud, “What? What? What’s happening?” Things where happening and the film didn’t provide answers for why things where happening for too long a time. I do not like being kept in the dark about what’s going on in front of me for that long nor do I like feeling stupid. That’s not a pleasant feeling.
4. The battles began too soon and lasted way too long. It felt like middle of the movie was the actual beginning of the big climax, therefore all the fighting went on for waay too long. Something was done poorly in writing the script because there wasn’t a proper story flow to me. I’m sorry, but this one is short and sweet; fighting began too soon and lasted too long!
5. Were they trying to break a record of how much glass could be broken?! There was an excessive amount of property damage, SO MANY WINDOWS WERE BROKEN; it felt so overwhelming that it took me out of the movie altogether. Kayla and I noted afterward that the special effects people seemed to go out of contro and decided to see how many building could get demolished like pins at a bowling alley. It was too much and rather painful to watch.
6. Superman actually didn’t seem that ‘super’. I feel cruel, but I was unimpressed with what “Superman” could achieve. He got knocked about too much for comfort and it was kinda weird. I wanted to see something SUPER not something ‘super’. Black Widow has more impressive fighting skills than Superman and she could have wrapped it all up a lot quicker, too. I’m sorry that that sounds harsh but that’s how I felt watching Superman be his version of ‘super’.
I will stop at six things, as this is a negative response to a film and I don’t want to dwell on negatives for longer then is needed. I also shouldn’t have to list twenty different reasons to justify how I felt the movie failed. I got to the end and just had to shake my head. It was a wanna-be-amazing-look-at-me-and-not-at-Marvel feeling I got from the film and that was distasteful (and I have to just say, Marvel is King. They know what they’re doing and they’re amazing at it. So, although I love Batman and The Joker, DC still hasn’t compared to Marvel by a long shot.)
I could tell what they were wanting to accomplish but it was poorly communicated to me and to my family. And that’s sad, because I really like superhero movies and there’s enough flops already out there.
What were some things I liked about the movie? Um. It had some stunning visuals; though I’ve not seen any of the old Superman movies, so I can’t personally go on and on about the jump in effects. Costumes were great…
While I generally disliked this film, I’m not condemning any of my friends who happen to like or love the film. I’m not going to bombard you on Twitter or judge you because you came away from the movie giving it five stars. That’s your opinion and I will respect that about you. I only ask that you respect my personal opinionin return. 🙂
Because, hey, I’m glad someone came away from the film with a positive response; sadly, I just wasn’t one of those people.