2013: #7 Man of Steel

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, and Christopher Meloni
Distributer: Warner Brothers
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 143 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 6/14/2013
Date seen: 6/22/2013
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $668 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 11 (Best Fight, Best Set-Piece, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Villain, Best Score, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Most Underappreciated, Best Action Movie)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 4 (Best Fight, Best Score, Most Underappreciated, Best Action Movie)

I know this is going to be a pretty big blow to my credibility with some people, but so be it, I’ve been out on a limb for this movie all year and I’m not abandoning it now.  Believe me, this hasn’t been a tremendously easy movie to defend either because frankly most of the reasons I love it are cinephilic rather than intellectual.  It is a film that operates on the highest levels in pretty much every technical field and also has a great cast and an effective overall vision that brings it all together.  I’ve given it numerous Golden Stake nominations, mainly because I felt that each one of them was deserved, but also because I wanted to show the many different things about the film that I really liked and wanted to highlight.  However, this is a genre film and it’s on that level that I really loved it.  It is, quite simply, the perfect example of how I want to see both superhero movies and large scale action films in general get made.  Its earnest approach and muscular style were the perfect antidote to a year filled with glib and half-assed blockbusters that wear their stupidity on their sleeves and drench themselves in irony as a shield against criticism.  When I wrote my review of the film I said it was one of the best examples of a superhero origin story since Batman Begins.  I stand by that and I suspect that if this had come out in 2005 like that film did that it would have gotten a much more understanding reception.
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