WELL… I CAVED…
I thought I wouldn’t want to see Man of Steel in theaters twice but I was wrong. On a rainy afternoon, I caught a nice relaxing matinee. Turns out, Man of Steel is MUCH better the second time around.
I think my main issue with my first viewing was the lengthy first act. It’s completely understandable that his iconic origin must be established. There are many moments people expect to see but as I said in my review:
It’s interesting for such a fast paced movie to feel slow. Time crawls when you can’t wait to see super speed.
I just wanted to see Superman in action. My feelings about the movie changed once I finally saw the Man of Steel fly. Well, watching the film a second time allowed me to truly appreciate the story free from the unbelievable anticipation I felt the first time. Man of Steel has since become my favorite movie of 2013 thus far.
I suppose it’s not fair to the other films I’ve seen as I’ve only seen them once. I simply couldn’t resist watching the incredible action sequences on the big screen again. I just didn’t expect my original complaints to disappear. Here are 10 things that stood out:
Editor’s Note: I’m perfectly comfortable admitting that I can be an idiot sometimes. It’s important to mention this for #10 to make sense. Also there are spoilers ahead…
10. 20 MINUTES LATE!
I was reading movie news on the bus heading to the theater when I realized I may have missed my stop. I pulled out the map on my iPhone and realized I had! So I got off the bus. It was 12:49 and the movie started at 1… I was going to be late. Thankfully, another bus going the opposite direction arrived quickly. To my horror, I realized a few streets down the road that I was still going away from the theater. And then I figured it out. My map was upside down… I shouldn’t have left the first bus. I got to the theater at 1:19 thinking I had missed the first few scenes.
It turns out, I missed nothing. I even got a chance to see the latest Pacific Rim trailer. How could I be 20 minutes late and NOT miss any of the movie? These commercials and trailers are out of control!
9. FAORA IS A BAD ASS
The final fight maybe the highlight of the movie but this entire sequence was pretty awesome.
8. IS THAT ACTUALLY CHRISTOPHER REEVE?
This story broke a few days before I saw Man of Steel the second time. I was on full alert and I think I agree. They CGI’d a frame of Christopher Reeve in there.
7. HENRY CAVILL IS SUPERMAN BUT IS HE CLARK KENT?
Clark Kent is Kal-El’s disguise but we rarely see him in public as an adult. He spends much of the film hiding and it isn’t until the final moments when we get to see the real Clark Kent. It’ll be interesting to see how Henry Cavill plays the role in the inevitable sequel.
6. RUSSELL CROWE IS A SCENE STEALER
Jor-El is an integral part of Superman’s origin and Russell Crowe truly shines with many fantastic moments.
5. ZACK SNYDER IS AN AWESOME DIRECTOR
It’s not easy to craft shots when Superman is traveling at such high speeds but Snyder succeeds throughout the movie. There are so many unbelievably creative shots. Especially when Superman is at full speed.
Side Note: That World Engine is action is awesome.
4. IT’S SUPERMAN!
When he finally arrives, they don’t waste anytime posing him in iconic ways.
3. LOIS & CLARK DIDN’T HAVE TO KISS
We know what’s coming. I didn’t think they HAD to kiss. Save some moments for the sequel.
2. THE SCORE IS INCREDIBLE
Hans Zimmer did an absolutely spectacular job with the score. It stayed with me after long after both viewings. You can hear it in action in the trailer above or at length in the clip below:
1. FANTASTIC FLYING FIGHT
When Superman and Zod take to the skies in their epic final battle I was mesmerized. I think it’s time to revisit this post:
Question: Which film caused more damage their respective final acts: The Avengers or Man of Steel?