• A fantastic review, Phil – one of your best pieces of writing on this site!

    I can’t wait to see Man of Steel – it sounds absolutely fantastic!

    • EmpathDigital

      Thank you, I’m really glad you enjoyed it – superheroes are kind of my thing, so when I get to write about them in this much depth the quality of writing tends to go up considerably!

      I can highly recommend the film – it was a great addition to summer blockbuster season! I hope you enjoy it when you get to see it!

    • AlecCocaCola

      I’m Friends on DWTV and I got banned. :(

      • Banned for good reasons. I have nothing more to say to you.


        • AlecCocaCola

          I loved DWTV. I am sorry :(

          • I am not Doctor Who TV. Take this matter up with him and don’t come here onto an unrelated post begging.

            This conversation is finished.

          • AlecCocaCola

            How do I contact her?

          • It’s a him and use the contact form on the site.

          • AlecCocaCola

            It wont load for me anymore.

  • TARDIS44

    Brilliant review, very well written.

    Random question, does Man of Steel have an opening title sequence?

    • EmpathDigital

      Thanks very much, I’m glad you enjoyed the review!

      And no, it doesn’t have a title sequence – those have always seemed to be more Marvel’s thing than DC’s!

      • TARDIS44

        That’s a shame, I was hoping for a Zack Snyder version of Superman Returns’ opening titles, with the newer technology :/

  • Pdurston

    It’s been a pleasure to come home from watching this, delve straight into your review and find myself nodding in complete agreement with everything written. In fact, I think this is probably one of the best reviews I’ve read so far. You’ve really paid attention to the film, more so than other reviewers (*cough The Guardian cough*). So good job, Phil.

    I thought this was a superb reboot of the Superman franchise. It was everything I expected it to be: mature, confident, refreshing, and above all else, faithful to the Superman mythos. I also found it incredibly moving at times – almost teary eyed at the heart-warming scenes between Clark and Martha, and also with his other father Jonathan. One of the main things Man of Steel excelled at was the emotional interaction between the characters and how this resonated into Clark’s development. In addition, it managed to strike a good balance between dialogue and spectacle. We got the best of both worlds: exposition and full on CGI action.

    I do agree though that the direction felt disjointed at times. The flashback scenes could have been made more coherent too. I also found the camera shake in the first act of the film nauseating. Luckily though, it eventually managed to integrate well into the style of the film and compliment it hugely. I don’t think I would have coped if it was trembling throughout the whole thing! :P

    Speaking of style, I thought this was utterly delicious. Krypton was fantastically realised, the CGI action scenes were breathtaking, and the destruction and mayhem in Metropolis was an awesome sight to behold (though I feel sorry for the people who have to clean all that up!). I didn’t mind the constant lens flares too. Was J.J Abrams involved in making this? ;D

    The final showdown between Clark and Zod was the real highlight for me. I was waiting for Zod to utter that immortal line, but alas, we didn’t get it. :( Ah well, at least the battle made up for it. By the way, I thought Michael Shannon played a brilliant incarnation of Zod. Henry Cavill too very much embodied Christopher Reeve at times.

    All in all, this was a top-notch addition to the franchise: boasting brilliant action, wonderful character moments, real characters, and a sublime score throughout. I I’m looking forward to seeing what’s planned for the subsequent future. Oh, and that ending. I almost had a fangasm. In fact, I think I did! XD


    • Yoshfiction

      So you would recommend it then? =)

      • Pdurston

        Yes, highly! :D

        • Yoshfiction

          Okay! =)
          By the way, I want to tell you something Who related, can we talk on Whoniverse Discussion or SN or something?

          • Pdurston

            WD. :)

          • Yoshfiction

            okay, see you there! =)

        • AlecCocaCola

          I’m Friends from DWTV. Please tell everyone I’m sorry.

      • AlecCocaCola

        I’m Friends from DWTV. Please tell everyone I am sorry. :(

        • GO AWAY.

        • TheDalekDevil

          You are not forgiven. Go away now :-)

  • As someone who hasn’t seen the film yet, I commend this excellent review. Very intrinsically detailed on the story and theme and ideals that the film creates, as well as the logistical and visual elements, but I don’t feel the movie has been spoiled in any way for me or that there is information that I didn’t know about thrown on me. I actually didn’t think a spoiler free review of such a high standard was possible, and it’s certainly ramped up my excitement for going to see this film now

  • Excellent review. Haven’t seen the film yet (which is why I’ve turned to this review in the meantime) but when I do finally see; I’ll be taking this criticism into the cinema with me. Of course I’ll make up my own mind as to what I think of it but I think this review is likely one I’ll walk out agreeing with.

  • Staal The Undefeated Commenter

    I had the honour of seeing it on Saturday and in my personal opinion, Man of Steel is better than any other comic-book based movie – ever. The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers are my favourites, but Man of Steel towers above them. It is a glorious film, with a magnificent story. I, for one, loved it and commend them for making such a tremendous masterpiece.
    An exquisite review for an exquisite movie.
    I salute you Phil.