Look, I know that this movie came out three years ago. After watching Batman V. Superman I wanted to rematch this movie and talk about what I think of it. Enjoy!!
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is the Superman movie we deserve. And definitely the one we need. It shows a more relatable and vulnerable Superman. It also shows the symbolism of a messiah. Lastly, it's a lot more fun to watch than the older Superman movies. Let me explain myself.
One great aspect of Man of Steel is that it shows a more relatable and vulnerable Superman. Clark is often conflicted in this movie. And that's a good thing. One of the main problems people (sometimes myself) have is that Superman isn't relatable. However in this movie, Clark is unsure of his place on Earth. He knows he's superhuman. And he needs guidance. On one hand his human father, Jonathan Kent, told him to keep his godlike abilities in secret to prevent catastrophes.
On the other hand an astral projection of Clark's original father, Jor-El, tells clark to be a hero that inspires the people of Earth to be better. When General Zod appears, Clark needs to make a choice. To either hide or become the hero he's destined to become.
Another way this Superman is more relatable is that he's very protective of his family. Once after General Zod threatens his mother, Superman grabs him and flat out beats him senseless. Even though Superman does a lot of brooding in Man of Steel, the brooding shows that he is vulnerable. I know Batman is more widely accepted that way, but I think Superman has the right to contemplative on his actions.
"You will give the people an ideal to stave towards. They will race behind you, the will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun.
Man of Steel has a lot of messiah symbolism in the character of Superman. In this movie, Superman mirrors Jesus Christ quite a lot. As a Christian myself, I find this very comforting and downright entertaining. In Man of Steel, Superman tells the military's scientist that he's thirty-three years old. That's the exact same age of Jesus when he was performing miracles on Earth. Another messianic attribute of Superman is that he has godlike abilities. He can fly, see through anything (except lead), shoot lasers, and has godlike strength. Jesus walked on water, raised a man from the dead, turned water into wine, and rose from the dead. Also if you look at the photo above you'll see Clark searching for answers in a Church. And behind him is a stained glass window depicting the scene of when Jesus was conflicted in the Garden of Gethsemane. Both of them decide to lay down their lives for the sake of humanity. And most of all, Superman mirror Jesus because they both offer hope. They both offer something to believe in. That there is good in life. To believe that evil will not be victorious in the end. And finally to show we can fight the good fight.
Lastly, Man of Steel is exponentially much more fun to watch than the Superman movies from the Christopher Reeve era. Blame it on my generation, but it contains better special effects and CGI. Superman takes off like a rocket, and lands like a thousand ton boulder. And mostly, Superman actually fights. I know he fought General Zod in Superman 2, but the fight between them in Man of Steel was so much more fun to watch. I love seeing buildings being smashed around these two powerful titans. And I also enjoyed the heroic brutality of when Superman snapped General Zod's neck, saving those entrapped citizens of Metropolis. This is no politically correct Superman that Christopher Reeve was. This is an epic and action packed Superman that takes no prisoners. I love it!
Man of Steel is the Superman movie we deserve and desperately need. It shows America's most iconic hero more vulnerable and relatable. This movie shows the great messiah like qualities of Superman. And flat out, Man of Steel is extremely more fun to watch than the older Superman movies. After re-watching this movie after seeing Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I give this movie an A-.