Last Monday night I had the privilege of catching an early premier of the movie “Man Of Steel” – which comes out tomorrow. Grace Hill Media – a company that works with the movie industry to promote films with Christian overtones to pastors and churches – made the premier happen. The following is a quick review from my standpoint as a movie-goer and a pastor.
THE GOOD – As a pastor, I was pleased to see the movie focus on great positive themes throughout the film. Good vs. evil…being a positive influence in life…destiny…purpose…etc. I was also blown away by some of the Christian overtones – strong father/son bonds, priests talking about faith, using talents (like flying, lifting buildings and x-ray vision) for the greater good and Superman’s own journey of finding purpose – which resulted in him talking to clergy. There are MANY clips from this movie that can be used as sermon illustrations – particularly in a sermon series about manhood, fatherhood, talents or purpose. This is also a very family-friendly movie. Except for one line by Lois Lane (about a particular part of the male anatomy), there is almost no foul language, inappropriate behavior or suggestive scenes. “Man Of Steel” would make for a great family night out or a special father/son trip to the movies.
THE BAD – At best “Man Of Steel” is good movie…not a great movie. At two and half hours in length…it is a LONG movie…with little reason to be. Superman fans will like that it follows the traditional comic-book storyline, but the movie takes too long in explaining Superman’s life from leaving Krypton to when he first appears as a super hero. Also, the fight scenes – while action-packed featuring amazing CGI effects – are way too LONG. After a while you get sick of seeing endless scenes of buildings being destroyed, bad guys being punched and rockets being launched.
THE UGLY – Shameless product placement throughout the entire movie was stomach-turning. As a movie-buff, the trend of Hollywood becoming unbridled ad campaigns for major brands is disgusting. By the time “Man Of Steel” ended I was vowing never to eat at iHope or shop at Sears. Product placement in movies has been around for years, however most films are not as “in-your-face” about it as “Man Of Steel” is.
STARS – I give “Man Of Steel” three stars out of five. Like I said…it was a good movie…but not a great movie. More of a Saturday matinee for the family flick instead of a serious “date night with the wife” movie.