Man of Steel (2013): Movie Review

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The highly anticipated movie, Man of Steel, finally makes it to the big screen. I don’t know many people out there who do not like superhero movies, and superhero movies don’t come any bigger than Superman himself.

Man of Steel is not a sequel but a reboot of the famous Superman franchise, directed by Zach Snyder whose previous work includes 300 and Watchmen amongst other movies, so there’s plenty of experience behind the cameras with the addition of Christopher Nolan as the Producer, whom people will remember for directing the recent Batman movies.

Actors/ Characters

Henry Cavill plays our caped hero Superman/ Clark Kent. Amy Adams stars as Lois Lane whilst Michael Shannon plays General Zod.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play Clark’s adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. Laurence Fishburne stars as Perry White and Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, Superman’s biological father.

Plot

The planet Krypton is in a state of turmoil having used up all its natural resources leaving the planet very unstable and on the verge of destruction. General Zod and his accomplices plan a military coup against the leaders but are eventually caught and banished to the Phantom Zone.

In order to preserve the Kryptonian race, Jor-El infuses his son Kal-El with the genetic codex. With the planet hours from destruction, Jor-El and his wife Lara send their son to Earth in a bid to keep him alive.
Eventually, the planet explodes which in turn frees General Zod and his associates.

On Earth, the baby Kal-El is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who adopt him and name him Clark.
As Clark grows older he realises that he has superhuman powers, and on advice from his father Jonathan he must never showcase his powers to anyone. After the loss of his father, an adult Clark now lives a life of a reclusive jumping from one job to another and on the odd occasions saving people’s lives.

His current job as a helping hand at a scientific expedition leads him to discover a spaceship hidden under the ice. He manages to power it up and is able to communicate with a hologram of his father Jor-El. Unknown to him, Lois Lane sneaks into the ship to get a cover story but she is attacked by a robot and Clark uses his laser eyes to treat her.
Lois gets her story of their being a “superman” with superhuman powers, only for the story to be rejected by her boss Perry White.

In search of the genetic codex of his people, General Zod traces Kal-El back to earth who demands that the human race surrender Kal-El or face the destruction of the planet using the “world engine” to change the planet into Krypton.

It is now that Clark realises that maybe the humans are now ready to accept who he is, and to earn their trust that he is on their side as Superman with the aid of the US army try to fight off the onslaught from Zod and his army.

Verdict

I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed in Man of Steel. Firstly, i’m not too keen on the idea of reboots because you generally already know how the story pans out regarding how superman came about. Secondly, it felt too much of a sci-fi film and less of a superhero movie; it’s as if it almost belonged in Star Trek rather than in Man of Steel.
I have to say that the battles were epic, with Superman and Zod destroying half the city. It was very crash, bang and wallop, very much keeping in line with the comics actually but I think they should have saved it for the sequel as Clark is still discovering the extent of his powers in Man of Steel.
I have to say that the casting is actually quite good, with Henry Cavill making a very good Superman and it was about time they cast a muscled actor to keep it similar to the muscular comic book Superman.
Like I said earlier, we all love superhero movies and the box office takings prove that Man of Steel is going to be one big film and I for one cannot wait for the sequel.

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