Please do not read this review of ‘Man of Steel’ if you have not seen the film. This will be a spoiler heavy discussion of the movie, and I really don’t want to ruin anything for people looking forward to Superman’s latest outing. You have been warned.
I have issues with this movie. This team of creatives, Goyer, Nolan, Snyder, get so much right, yet they manage to stumble on a few key character and story points. You leave the endeavor feeling deflated. It’s so close to being perfect that it soured me even more when that perfection wasn’t realized.
I love this cast. Each of the actors picked was an inspired casting decision. Amy Adams is a capable Lois. She’s brave and smart. Laurence Fishburne is appropriate for Perry. I love seeing actors like Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, and Tahmoh Penikett show up. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane make for great foster parents, and Russell Crowe is dynamic as Jor-El. Even our team of baddy Kryptonians led by Michael Shannon’s Zod were all interesting.
The problem with an origins story, which Man of Steel is, these characters are given very little to do.