Man of Steel (3D) 10 – 12 PG
Review by Nhlanhla Mvalo
The latest instalment of the Superman trilogy starring Henry Cavill as the iconic Superman takes us on a journey back in time to the origin of this much loved story. Many galaxies away on Planet Krypton and back to the future to rural Kansas where Superman currently resides. As a viewer one gets to know Superman on a personal level as we get introduced to him at different stages of his life. The special effects on the film are pretty impressive in a sense that they are realistic but nothing we haven’t seen before. Zack Snyder brought his distinct feel to the imagery in the film, featuring beautiful stylized imagery and long picturesque shots that are a true testament to the director.
The 3D element gives this film good appeal as it draws the audience closer to the film and it gives you the feeling of being right in the middle of the action. Apart from the this, one is left with nothing to rave about as the scenes are long, the climax goes on forever and the intensity of that is exhausting. Just as your emotions are low and your relaxed, suddenly the stakes are raised making you feel uneasy and agitated. The irony of this 3D movie is that it’s two dimensional in terms of your experience as a viewer. Throughout the entire film you will feel one of two things, relief or anxiety, and you get to laugh once – and that’s if you find the joke appealing at the end of the film.
Upside: The special effects paired with the 3D element are sensational. The acting is also up to par, but that is to be expected from a Hollywood production.
Downside: there is no humour, no heart and as a result, the film lacks a sense of realism. As an audience we find comfort in relating to our characters’ emotions and sadly that is lacking.
Man of Steel 3D opens on the Friday 28 June at Nu Metro cinemas countrywide.
Cast: Henry Cavill , Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe
Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Running Time: 143 mins