Man of Steel


So I finally got out and saw Man of Steel last Tuesday, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Now I have to give the warning that I'm the type of individual that likes a good popcorn flick as well as the story telling epic. I'll also let you know I actually enjoyed DC's Green Lantern movie, all 3 Transformers movies, and even both G.I. Joe movies. Does that mean I have no taste? Maybe, but I don't think so. To me it means I can enjoy a movie for what it is, a form of entertainment that takes you out of reality and into another world for a few hours for the shear enjoyment of it.

Now I'm not going to do a review, mainly because I'm kinda bad a movie reviews, so instead I'm going to point out a few gripes everyone is having and tell you why I wasn't really bothered by them. Warning this will mean spoilers ahead.
First thing that everyone seemed to have an issue with is the destruction of the cities and the lack of concern for civilian life. I mean putting Lois on a bomber jet is a better idea right? While I understand their gripes I wanted to point out, a few things. I know we hold Superman to a higher power, but I was more concerned about the Military opening fire on Smallville where the citizens were than Superman being thrown thru an IHOP. First Superman was just starting to learn how to be a hero and he was new at using his powers. He of course had never had to use them close to this level before. Also being new to the whole hero business he is bound to have inherent flaws. Second the destruction to Metropolis was already done by Zod, so at least in my mind most of the city would have been evacuated. Now I've heard the saying he should have taken him out of the city like he does in the comics, we he did that for a time when they went into space, but back to earth they came. Also I don't' see that the movie got this completely wrong, I have seen in the comics Doomsday fight for example, and cartoons and other media, Superman beating up the villain or the villain themselves in a city and it's getting destroyed.

The second complaint is probably the biggest and that is Superman doesn't kill. While this is partially true as we have seen Superman kill Cyborg Superman, Doomsday and even Zod in the comics, and if I'm not mistaken I've seen him kill in other media. I believe he had no choice. The ability to send Zod to the Phantom Zone was gone. Zod himself said that he will never give up and that they only way the madness would stop was with either his or Kal' El's death. It's not like you were going to be able to just beat Zod down and expect him to submit and then be locked in a prison, I mean what prison could hold him. On top of that you can see the struggle at the end when it's either Zod of the innocent lives, and after it's done you can see the remorse. I believe this goes back to the people questioning about the city, the destruction, and the lives. I think this was mostly Zod and Superman is new and doesn't understand all his capabilities. I'm also under the impression that most of the city was evacuated, we aren't given a time table and when Perry White and Jenny (Olsen) are escaping their aren't many others on the street like you would see in say New York City if this kind of thing happened and everyone left their office buildings.

The movie wasn't perfect by no means, but I really enjoyed it and it was worth every penny seeing it on the big screen. I will definitely be picking this one up on Blu-ray when it's released.

You can see a couple of the reviews I read that made me want to post this below;

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