Superman is back on the big screen in "Man of Steel", a new reboot for the popular superhero who has thrilled generations of fans. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
The beloved comic book character, Superman, has returned to the big screen. It's a no expenses spared reboot called "Man Of Steel".
It's an origin story which begins on the doomed planet Krypton, where Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe, saves his infant son, by sending him to safety in a rocket ship bound for Earth. It's here that the kid discovers, as we all know, that he has superpowers far beyond those of mortal men.
The movie was directed by Zack Synder and was produced by Christopher Nolan, who did the "Dark Knight" trilogy. Sadly, the dark, brooding "Batman" tone has been transferred to the Superman character. It might have worked for the caped crusader, but not for Superman.
Superman is supposed to be fun and that's one thing that this movie certainly is not. It's joyless and takes itself way too seriously, without even a tiny bit of humor along the way. The filmmakers have sucked the life and heart out of what makes this character so loved by generations of fans.
The dialogue and storyline are secondary to heavy handed, over the top, action sequences that go on endlessly and wreak destruction every step of the way. I guess that's what most action films do these days, sacrifice everything else that makes a movie enjoyable for state-of-the-art CGI. But I've had enough. The last half hour was just an uninterrupted visual and audio assault on my senses that became overkill.
This movie is like "Transformers" meets an incredibly inferior version of the first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies. Actually, plot-wise it's very reminiscent of "Superman II" as Krypton's General Zod comes to earth and battles Superman one on one.
Henry Cavill is okay as the new Man of Steel and Amy Adams plays reporter Lois Lane, but they have no romantic chemistry. And Superman fans will be disappointed that among other things, there's no Lex Luther and no Kryptonite. Basically, it's bland and boring.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: Two Apples