‘Man of Steel’ turns into man of “mush?”

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Once upon a time, there was a Superman, he was a beacon of hope – the symbol he bears on his chest – for hopeless and helpless people. In true superhero fashion, with grace and in dramatic fashion, effortlessly, he rescues people in need. But ‘Man of Steel’ paints a very different Superman, one who struggles with his life as an immigrant on Earth, a lifetime of trying to fit-in, and trying to be American.

Don’t worry, there are incredible jaw-dropping action scenes in ‘Man of Steel,’ with that being said, there’s also plenty “I feel,” “I can’t do this” and “you’re not my dad” conversations.  The heroic Superman only comes to life towards the last quarter of the film.

‘Man of Steel’ will occasionally make you shed a tear or so, rather than instilling hope that there may be an imaginary Superman watching over all of us.  There are those that will appreciate this vulnerable and humanistic perspective of the superhero, but are audiences ready for this mushy version?

The development of Superman’s relationship with his love interest, award-winning journalist Lois Lane, also felt too forced.  There were a few desperate lustful glances here and there, and yes, Superman saves her multiple times in ‘Man of Steel,’ but I imagine the real story is that after 143 minutes, there wasn’t enough time.

‘Man of Steel’ is a touching film, but couldn’t the filmmakers wait until a second movie to introduce the intense story of baby to teenage Clark Kent to Superman? Sounds boring right?  Actually, three people walked-out during my screening on Sunday.

‘Man of Steel’ is like narrating some boring legend, which no audience finds interesting. Who cares where he came from? What we want to see is Superman flying and saving peoples’ lives, that’s what we know him for.

Capital Lifestyle Magazine asks: What do you think of ‘Man of Steel?’  Yay or nay?

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  1. Avatar Patrick Kal El Jnr June 25th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    There’s only one thing that i agree with in this article and that is the love life between Superman and Lois was rushed. DC Comics’ characters have very deep and extensive backgrounds compared to Marvel characters,hence you cannot make movies based on these characters and forego their backgrounds. Man Of Steel is about Clark discovering himself as a boy, teen and an adult. We see this very clearly in the movie. This is a part that not many people know or want to know but its part of who Superman is. It’s part of what makes him the hero that we want to see ‘flying and saving people’. In this movie we see how he struggles to become more than just normal, he struggles to be an ambassador of Truth, Justice and the American way. So many viewers of the Man Of Steel just went to see the action, they didn’t want to know that Clark didn’t just automatically know how to use his powers he had to learn how to use them, if you’ve watched Smallville you know this had to be told but not assuming that everyone did watch Smallville. Man Of Steel showed us how Clark becomes Superman, how he become the hero we all want, the hero we all need


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