Man of Steel – Polarizing #1


Polarizing is a new unscheduled opinion piece revolving around polarizing topics, shows, or films.

Man of Steel – the beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe – might be one of the most polarizing superhero films of all-time. At the time of writing, with 289 reviews counted, Man of Steel is at 56% on the Rotten Tomatoes ‘tomatometer’, meaning that it literally is a polarizing film with critics. Now, with its sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releasing in theaters next week, I thought I’d address one of the films that I really had a tough time having an opinion on. 

I was so hyped up for Man of Steel when it first came out in 2013, and that hype blinded me when I first saw it. My initial review was absolutely terrible, one of the worst things I’ve ever written. Later I would rewrite my review, but I didn’t think I was fair to the film in the second review.

Yesterday I sat down to write my final review of Man of Steel. The first and second editions of the review have been deleted, and now the third and final edition of my Man of Steel review is up, here’s a sneak peek:

“When I first reviewed the film, I gleefully remarked that this was the Superman film you never knew you wanted. I remember why I felt that. I adored everything we saw on Krypton at the beginning of the film. The opening of Man of Steel left me breathless. I truly never knew that I had hungered for this very hands-on version of Jor-El and Krypton.”

My final review (can be read here) is much more fair to the film, but points out things that I flat out hated. Man of Steel isn’t a bad film, it’s actually very good – it just took too many chances for it to be popular immediately. It was always going to rub some people the wrong way, and Warner Bros. should have known that.

I’ve read how some people think that the people that dislike it think that it’s cool to hate on the film. I really hate that train of thought. Hatred is never ‘cool’, it is destructive to a film and a fanbase. But you cannot tell me that it isn’t fair to be disappointed by the film. There are enough things in it to really make someone loathe it.

Why do you think Man of Steel is such a polarizing film? Sound off in the comments.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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