When in Manila, going to the cinemas is practically second nature to everyone. The big problem is finding out whether a movie will actually be worth your money in the end or not. Being probably the biggest female geek in the metro, I obviously couldn’t wait to watch “Man of Steel” – partly coz of excitement and partly coz of dread. Well, I was able to catch the block screening last night at Glorietta 4 for the benefit of Save the Sight of a Child, and I only have one thing to say:
“MAN OF STEEL” WAS AWESOME.
Now, since I just said that I am probably the biggest female geek in the metro, you might be thinking that I’m being biased because “Man of Steel” is a superhero movie. But, to be honest, I am very picky in terms of superhero movies because I’m a geek. In my honest opinion, no superhero movie can ever live up to the very first “Superman” (1978) movie made and no Superman in the history of Supermans could live up to Christopher Reeve who was the epitome of the Man of Steel for me. While “Man of Steel” doesn’t actually trump “Superman” in terms of my geeky love, it definitely comes very, very close.
“Man of Steel” – Why Did I Love It So Much?
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What’s not to love about the “Man of Steel” cast? Henry Cavill has been on my radar since “I Capture the Castle” (2003) and when talks about “Twilight” came out, I prayed and prayed and prayed that he would be cast as Edward Cullen, especially since he was Stephenie Meyer’s ideal Edward… But he didn’t. I guess that’s a good thing because now I’m not a Twi-Hard and now he’s the perfect Superman in “Man of Steel“! Win-win! 😀
The rest of the cast of “Man of Steel” was spot-on, as well, from Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent to Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and the clincher: Russell Crowe as Jor-El, proving after last year’s Les Miserables that (some) men do get better with age. The only cast member I wasn’t very fond of was Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel“. 🙁
The Krypton Scenes
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This is definitely where “Man of Steel” would trump “Superman” and any other Superman movie ever made: the Krypton scenes. Not only were they so beautifully done graphics-wise, but the story involved was so incredibly good that I may or may not have fallen in love with Russell Crowe during the process and wished they could have lasted longer. I had seen a few of these “Man of Steel” Krypton scenes during the Warner Bros./DC Comics Trade Show last year, but nothing could ever prepare me for that awesomeness. Besides, let’s face it: Krypton is way more interesting than Earth.
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“Man of Steel” may not be the perfect movie to bring your superhero fanatic kids to, especially if they are under-teenager age. There is a lot of talking and a lot of explanations involved in “Man of Steel” – something that kids may get bored of and may not understand just yet. However, for true blue superhero fanatics and for people who appreciate superhero movies that actually make sense and don’t just rely on humor and action to survive, “Man of Steel” is for you.
Yes, “Man of Steel” isn’t one of those mindless superhero movies that you can just watch for entertainment without paying too much attention to it. While you could, since it does have enough eyecandy and action to do well in that department, “Man of Steel” would still be best enjoyed when watched with your full attention When in Manila. Preferably in IMAX. 4.5 stars out of 5.