Man of Steel

Man of Steel ★★

Rife with wanton destruction and loss of life, and this is the least offensive entry in the Snyderverse! On the whole, this interpretation of the character is so wrong-headed on so many levels, not the least of which is that Superman’s immense strength here is so out of proportion that it demands an absurd theatrical scale. It’s not impressive enough that Superman can lift a car, as he did on the cover of his first comic book appearance; in this film he’s practically shoving planets around. 

In his defense, Snyder does have some interesting ideas about the physics of super-powered beings; the climactic fight scenes, as grotesque as they are, offer a novel take on the scale at which god-like strength would engage in combat. But it’s only interesting within the narrow, jaundiced scope of Snyder’s fascistic fetishes, sort of like a heavy metal album cover artist that manages to achieve a new level of adolescent shock value.

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