Whoa, Nellie! There is a HUGE debate going on! Seems people are pretty divided on the new Superman movie Man of Steel. It's a love it or hate it kind of film. For instance, some people claim they wanted to walk out of the theater. They said it was blasphemous. They're throwing around a new term called "disaster porn."
Anyway, I want you all to know that I have always been a really big fan of the original Christopher Reeve version of Superman. I watched it over and over as a kid and fell in love with that particular Superman. I heard there wasn't much romance or humor or any nerdy Clark Kent in the new one - all thing I adored about the original. And I heard there was so much action and destruction (there's your "disaster porn" I guess), and since there's already so much of it in movies, it hardly seems exciting anymore. So I went into Man of Steel expecting not to like it very much.
But I was quite pleasantly surprised at how much I did like it.
This film really shows Superman's strength unlike the old ones. He's just indestructible. He's otherworldly. You want to cheer for him and believe in him because he's just so darned amazing! My tom-boy side came out as I was sitting on the edge of my seat with eyes wide, cheering every time he smashed into a bad guy. And another surprise: I actually enjoyed the battles, one reason being the special effects were just amazing and awe-inspiring. I didn't think it was over-the-top or boring or too much. Because for me, the action worked. It showed that Earth wasn't dealing with other humans - they were dealing with far-evolved aliens that looked like humans. To them, human beings were about as inconsequential and weak as ants. That point came across, and it shot the movie into the true "epic" zone.
And speaking of those special effects, let me tell you about Krypton. Planet Krypton was fascinating. I could watch an entire movie about that world alone with its creatures and its technology. I often forget that Superman is indeed an alien from another world, so it was really cool to imagine the universe and all the mysteries it could hold. The planet Krypton part may have been my favorite section of the movie.
Now onto some things I didn't care for: his adopted dad dies a different way than in the original. I understand why the film did it this way, though. It was to show a point, and it worked - although I prefer the old heart attack death. Also, probably my biggest complaint is the part when Clark is going on the search to find his origins, Lois Lane is in the same scene with him as he discovers the ship with his deceased biological father's consciousness in it. I thought Lois being there was a total distraction that took away from what should have been a private father-son moment. But, again, I understand why they did it that way. It was to introduce Clark and Lois and spark her interest in him since in this reboot they don't meet at the Daily Planet newspaper office.
But other than that, and other than missing that nerdy but charming character of Clark Kent, I thought the film was a nice reboot, a fresh redo that was not only a spectacle but that had a message, too.
And Superman wasn't bad to look at either ;)