Watching "Man of Steel"
Published on July 9, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review "Man of Steel."

Here's an excerpt:

"If we didn’t already have the 'Iron Man' films, 'The Avengers,' and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, 'Man of Steel' might be regarded as one of the greatest superhero films ever.

But the fact that it’s just the latest in a long line of films about a beloved comic book character, retrofitted for these angsty post-9/11 times, makes it difficult to evaluate the new Superman film.

Yes, it has eye-popping, state-of-the-art visual effects. Yes, it pays homage to the source material while also finding subtle ways to subvert it. Yes, it’s dark and brooding. But so what? At this point, there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about a superhero movie that’s eye-popping and revisionist and dark and brooding. Almost all of the newer superhero films share these qualities. In trying to reinvent superhero films for a new age, Nolan and his contemporaries have created a template and formula that is starting to feel stale.

That said, 'Man of Steel' is a pretty good film — better, in my opinion, than Nolan’s Batman films. Sure, the film concludes with the sort of spectacular and ultimately numbing scenes of fighting and destruction that you can find in any superhero film, but the build-up is genuinely interesting, and director Zack Snyder’s take on the mythology surrounding Superman is thought-provoking and appropriately epic. When this film focuses on character and story, it’s highly entertaining. When it becomes just another 'let’s fight until the death' film, it begins to lose steam."

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