‘Man of Steel’ Greeted With Lukewarm Reviews

    June 14, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Zack Snyder’s more mature, grittier Superman reboot is finally here. Man of Steel, patterned after the success of Christopher Nolan’s more mature, grittier Batman reboot, features Henry Cavill as Kal-El, the super-powered Kryptonian who eventually becomes the most famous super hero ever created.

Though early movie-goers seem to have enjoyed Superman’s return, critics have weighed in with middling reviews, putting Man of Steel‘s tomatometer rating at a rotten 59% – below even 2006’s Superman Returns.

Critics praised the movie for its good special effects, which Snyder (who directed 300 and Watchmen) is well-known for. However, Man of Steel was criticized for being shallow, while at the same time taking itself too seriously. The reviews sound similar to ones written for Snyder’s last movie, 2011’s Sucker Punch.

Richard Roeper, who recently took over the Chicago Sun-Times’ movie reviews for the late Roger Ebert, stated there was “little humor or joy” in Man of Steel. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers disagreed, saying that Christopher Nolan’s impact in co-writing Man of Steel made the movie “interesting.”

The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday hated the movie, calling Snyder’s Superman “joyless,” and even panned “Hans Zimmer’s turgid, over-produced score…”

From Hornaday’s review:

It takes nearly an hour for Clark to don the iconic red cape and “S”-imprinted chest plate, which turns out to be not even the midpoint in a story that, with its back-and-forths, jump cuts and flashbacks and repetitively percussive action sequences, seems to have been filmed by an easily distracted child or sentient garden hose.

Regardless of what the professional movie watchers think, it seems that fans are on-board for a new era of DC Comics movies. The hashtag #manofsteel is trending on Twitter, and Superman fans are themselves giving out short, mixed reviews:

  • http://PaulHowardAuthor.net Paul Howard

    Haven’t seen the movie yet but the new costume is awful. He looks like he’s wearing Jor-El’s old droopy drawers. Hollywood has a nasty habit of messing with stuff they should leave alone.

  • Soju

    The negative critics are often the excessively jaded types that don’t like science fiction movies or anything perceived as having too much testosterone. The silly comedy version of Superman had already been done, and had they went that route, it would have been a financial disaster. The ticket buying audience are speaking louder than any critics with axes to grind for political reasons, because Superman has grossed $130 million dollars it’s first weekend.

    This version of Superman is actually closer to the tone represented in his comic books. Superman was never meant to be played like a clown or Saturday Night Live joke. This version of Superman gets it right.

    As for the new suit… Wearing red underwear on the outside of the pants was connected to strongmen wearing nothing but tight shorts back in 30s and 50s. The new suit makes sense as it’s a type of fabric armor worn on Krypton, versus something his adopted mother sewed together from discarded underwear. People need to embrace technology and change…