SPOILER ALERT! If you know nothing about Superman, have never seen a Superman movie before, and/or do not know who the baddie in this movie is, this post may contain spoilers.
I need to begin by telling you that Superman is my favourite superhero. I was so stoked when I heard that this movie was being made, and I experienced immense joy at seeing the trailer for the first time. That said, I was worried about the cheese factor, and how Supes would fit into our modern view of entertainment. Let’s face it: modern audiences like gritty gray stories where the hero struggles and may not always have the clearest morality. So where does the super shiny, super pure, super moral Superman fit into this? Especially without coming across as super cheesy?
If you asked a friend of mine who saw the movie at the same time I did she’s tell you “I thought parts were a bit cheesy… Like any time there was dialogue.” If you asked David he’d tell you “The origin story was too long!” But I didn’t find either of these statements entirely true… At least not from where I was sitting. I thought that they did a good job setting up Supes’ Kryptonian story as well as showing him growing up on Earth with a good sense of right and wrong, but also immense power.
I had wondered how this adaptation of the Superman story would deal with the religious and specifically Christian connection within the existing story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they actually embraced it.
I was also super happy with how they approached the relationship between Lois/Superman and Lois/Clark Kent.
I have to say that on the whole I found the movie quite enjoyable and I’ll watch it again. There were a few things in the story that did make me raise an eyebrow, though. One was that they made sure to let the audience know that baby Kal-El is wearing nada. Another was the way Supes deals with Zod. The third was the people ridiculously underdressed for -40 temperatures. There is also tonnes of smashy-smashy, made me sad for the people of Metropolis and surrounding areas.
There were some nice nods to our buddy Lex, and I definitely left the theatre grinning.
When I asked my friend for permission to quote her in this post she said: “You may also include that I really only went to the movie to see Henry. In that, I was NOT disappointed! ;-)”
So there you go. A Superman movie that does not disappoint!
I’m still not sold on the necessity of 3D. We saw this one in 3D too, and I barely noticed. It’s just so overdone these days.