Man of Steel

Man of Steel

DVD - 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.
Publisher: [California] : Warner Bros., [2013]
Edition: Rental ed.
Call Number: DVD F MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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 DISK 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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reypotter06
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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 24, 2017

Based on one of the most famous superheroes of all time, Man of Steel delivers epic action alongside a good plot. The CGI was incredible, with everything looking pretty realistic. The action was amazingly epic, with hard and powerful blows from otherworldly aliens. Intense action is something I really like in action movies, especially when the effects are well done. Basically, the movie begins with the destruction of Superman’s planet as he is sent to Earth. We see him as a youngster and some of the things he is capable of, like saving kids in a bus by holding it up! As he grows up, he must find a purpose.
Rating: 3/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

In this 2013 film following the life of Cal-El, but known as Superman or Clark Kent to many. This good-hearted superhero grew up with a simple life but learned he had unordinary powers. Personally, I loved this film, everything from the cinematography to the plot. However, the character himself never really struggled with inner demons, thus not making him relatable to the average person. This was an interesting concept and great CGI to go with it.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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JihadiConservative
Apr 19, 2016

Terrible--Hardly any story and the whole thing is non stop CGI explosions. Skip it.

dragonrabbit Mar 10, 2016

This version of Superman is joyless and as heavy handed as a punch by General Zod. Some nice visuals, however the fight scenes seem to never end.

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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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