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FILM & DVD

'Man of Steel' is spectacular but empty

Reboot of Superman story lacks soul and character

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Amidst Man Of Steel’s deliriously extravagant effects and fantastical sci-fi elements there are moments of grace and grandeur. Though the storytelling rarely takes a pause, there are some wonderfully understated performances amidst the super fisticuffs, the production design is ravishing, and Hans Zimmer score's score is terrific (if a bit overplayed).

 

Comic-book purists will grumble about Snyder and Goyer's running roughshod over the Man Of Steel's canon, no doubt arguing that Supes final confrontation with Zod is anathema to every thing the character stands for. Less discriminating fans will revel in the film's epic set pieces and earth (and ear-drum) shattering action. Those, like myself, who hold deep affection for the charm and wit of the Christopher Reeves films from 30 years ago, will catch only fleeting glimpses of the film Man Of Steel longs to be. Had Snyder and company put as much care and detail into their characters as they did to the landscapes they pulverize, this would be more than a Superman for today. It would be a Superman for all time.

 

Related content: Read Steve Schneider's take on the leaps of logic in Man of Steel here.

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