Went to see it today…well done, great visually, I liked it a lot.
There are many who seem surprised that it has a bit of a “messianic” tone to it but as someone who grew up watching George Reeves as Superman in re-runs of the 1950’s TV show, the Man of Steel was always a bit of a Jesus-themed figure.
What surprised me was the anti-communist theme. It was subtle but strong.
In a scene inside a scout ship that had landed on Earth and was lost over 18,000 years ago, the chief antagonist, General Zod, was readying something called a Genesis Chamber, an incubator for populating a colony. It was explained in the dialog that all children on Krypton were artificially incubated and genetically pre-programmed for what their life’s role in the Kryptonian society would be. Jor-El’s digital consciousness (Clark had downloaded him into the scout ship’s systems from sort of a Kryptonian thumb drive) responded to Zod’s belief in such a system:
What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?
Kal-El (Clark Kent/Superman) was the first natural birth on Krypton for centuries and his parents wanted him to be whatever he wanted and was capable of being, not some pre-programmed drone in mindless service to society.
Unlike the comedic or slapstick versions that preceded this one, this movie returned to the clear definitions of right and wrong, of individualism and even a little of the anti-communist edge of the early comic books.
I liked it for a lot of reasons but it is nice to see Man of Steel follow the Dark Knight movies and ditch the whole cliched, 60’s hippy anti-hero, counterculture crap and focus on true heroic themes of Greek mythological proportions.
Go see it in IMAX or XD, go big – I hear that the 3D version isn’t very good because it wasn’t shot with 3D cameras and was digitally altered to create a 3D effect.
4.5 out of 5 stars. It got a little long in parts…