ManofsteelMan of Steel has been on the cinema circuit for a while, but I didn’t want to ruin the experience and watch it at the only crappy cinema in Pietermaritzburg. Thankfully the universe took pity on me and I managed to get to Gateway to watch the latest incarnation of Superman with a friend of mine. Gateway is also the only cinema in South Africa (that I know of) that is blessed with the latest Dolby surround sound system, Atmos, so that was an added bonus for being patient.

So no doubt most people will have seen it by now so I’m going to keep this review short and sweet for those of you who haven’t but are thinking about it.

The Good

  • The best Dragonball Z movie never made (the last act of the movie just screams Goku vs Vegeta)
  • Enough going on with the characters to be interesting
  • Amazing visuals
  • Awesome sound

The OK

  • There are some issues with character development – this movie would have probably been better off being a little bit more chronological, instead of using flashbacks to demonstrate key points in Kal-El/Superman’s development…
  • … or using flashbacks and tying the scenes more into the idea of “people being afraid of the unknown” and some of the issues Superman has to deal with growing up since some of the flashback sequences don’t really tie in with the themes all that well

The Bad

  • As with Snyder’s previous movies (Sucker Punch, 300, Legend of the Guardians, Watchmen) it’s a case of style over substance

Movie Rating: Man of Steel is better than I expected, but don’t expect it to be a huge leap for director Zack Snyder. It’s still very much style over substance, but at least Snyder made a better attempt at getting characters right here.