Man of Steel

Man of Steel

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

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lorj6989
Apr 03, 2020

When I first saw the movie in theaters, I had very high expectations especially since I compared it to 2006 Superman Returns. The movie didn't meet my expectations at all because I expected a back story with character building, but this film is an action film with a little back story. Movie fans who enjoys action films will enjoy this one. Overall, this film was a good watch and an okay reboot of the Superman story. I think all the actors who played superman did good, but Henry Cavill is my favorite Superman/Clark Kent.

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sol1765
Jun 12, 2019

A solid film; the darker the better.

In my opinion, the best Superman movie. The Donner ones feel a little too campy and cheesy for my linking. I feel like they innovated the most here.

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bhg0010
Aug 07, 2018

Going in the exact opposite direction of Christopher Reeve's bright and compassionate Superman, director Zack Snyder has created a dark, sullen Superman that appears directly inspired by Dr. Manhattan from 'Watchman'. Filled with character development and pacing issues galore, the bulk of the movie focuses on gratuitous violence as Superman battles General Zod while the latter attempts to transform Earth into an alien ecosystem. Something like gigantic mechanical spider from the Will Smith piece 'Wild Wild West', oddly enough, makes a return as the terraforming engine.

Had I come in with lower expectations, I suppose I would've judged this film less harshly. At the same time, though, Superman as a character is supposed to be a beacon of inspiration and hope. Instead, the film presents him as a burdened loner who feels so separate from humanity as a whole that he has to question whether or not we're actually worth saving. The intense emphasis on images of buildings blowing up as the fighting goes on and on also isn't anywhere near appealing but instead feels pointless. Overall, this ought to be skipped.

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Scott_37
Jun 18, 2018

I think that this version of Superman is far superior to both priors iterations. I thought the religious metaphors were clever - from the Moses reference from the original story when he is sent off to earth by his parents (although not exactly in a basket made of reeds) to the Christ reference when he reveals himself to the world in his 33 year of existence. I disagree that the film was too dark or there was too much violence. I am happy that there was no winking at the audience with obvious camp. Strong characters and strong acting - particularly Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon.

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ofacertainage
Jun 02, 2018

This disc is worthwhile for the "Strong Characters, Legendary Roles" special feature. It is an interesting take on the evolution of the Superman story and an expression of what the film makers (thought they) were making. "Thought" because the film itself is mostly violence (action, if you like). The poignant observations, the clever plotting, etc, outlined in the featurette are buried under the violence. So watch the featurette and skip the film. Or watch the featurette first, then watch the movie, fast-forwarding thru the gratuitous (to the story) action.

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Gwen904
Jan 06, 2018

I agree with both of you, AMerr22 and reypotter06 (I'm Catholic too 😇). Superman is not God or Jesus Christ, he is an alien with superpowers that we need only see in movies. He's fiction, period. It's not like this film said boldly and defiantly, "Superman is God." They just said that to some people he is a god, and is very powerful, like a mythical Greek or Roman god.
Overall I enjoyed watching 'Man of Steel'. Interesting to learn about Superman's past.

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ReneeMG06
Jan 04, 2018

I enjoyed this movie, I agree with you AMerr22. I also am Catholic.

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AMerr22
Oct 27, 2017

The comment below made by TheUltimateReviewer is only somewhat true. There are some similarities throughout the movie, but nothing against Catholicism. It is never once in the movie mentioned that he is God, the closest thing that come to it is one of the characters says, "He will be like a god to them", noting that it dosnt say he is God, but they use that line to emphasize that he is more powerful than us. I have seen this movie multiple time and i am Catholic and I find nothing wrong with it and I recommend it.

They compare the "Man of Steel" to JESUS CHRIST. Not at all recommended.

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Nov 07, 2013

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Jeffrey Weston
Dec 13, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots of battles

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Jeffrey Weston
Dec 13, 2013

Coarse Language: some language

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Jeffrey Weston
Dec 13, 2013

Violence: a lot of violence

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aaa5756 Mar 14, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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Monolith
Dec 19, 2013

(On his first day of work at "The Daily Planet", being introduced by Perry White) Lois Lane (with a knowing smile): "Hi. Lois Lane. Welcome to The Planet." Clark Kent (acknowledging the pun, smiling): "...Glad to be here, Lois."

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Trailblazer1527
Jan 24, 2014

A young man learns that he has powers beyond imagination and is from another world. So he ventures across the world to discover what his purpose is. But when a brewing evil from his homeworld invades Earth, the hero inside him must rise if he is to save the world from destruction and become the symbol for all mankind.

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