Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 143 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 12+. The film is your typical action fare, mixed with the Superman backstory: Planets are destroyed, parents die, buildings crumble, aliens threaten to kill millions on Earth. There are lots of loud and jarring fighting and action sequences, but there’s very little blood or gore; some bullying; a drunk man gropes and threatens a woman in a bar; and some kissing. Overall, the film matches the righteousness of Superman’s image.
The action sequences are good, the performances are solid, the film is ambitious. And yet something about ‘Man of Steel’ is lacking—a sense of Superman himself.
By Roxana Hadadi
For a summer blockbuster, “Man of Steel” is fine. Director Zack Snyder presents us with energetic, impressive action sequences, and actor Henry Cavill is a jaw-droppingly handsome Superman. Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer give us backstory in spades. Michael Shannon is a wonderfully threatening General Zod. But there’s something unfulfilling about “Man of Steel,” a certain kind of obvious absence—and that’s of Superman himself.