Man of Steel is super, man!
Okay forgive the lame pun, it really was good. What I particularly liked was that it wasn’t the traditional Superman movie (to explain that I’ll have to add spoilers so I’ll leave you to find out yourself). All I’ll say is that the story, in true Christopher Nolan style, was a bit, dark – strange for Superman but it works. I also appreciated the fact that it wasn’t told in sequence – although my mother did not. “How come one minute he’s old, next he’s young? This is the same movie? Did you start it over? That’s stupid. I’m going to sleep.” Lol. Don’t use that as a benchmark though, she’s slept through the best of movies.
The movie starts on Krypton, an amazingly designed, high-tech planet which put CGI to good use, filled with space ships, fancy gadgets, flying animals and a host of other do-dads and tum-tums. Jor-El (beautifully portrayed by, the only man who could do this role justice, Russell Crowe) and Lara-El (Ayelet Zurer) predict the destruction of Krypton and send their son, Kal-El, the first natural born son of Krypton in ages, to safety on earth – along with the only hope of a future for Kryptonians. General Zod (Michael Shannon) is outraged and wages war against them. On earth, Kal-El becomes Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), adopted and raised by Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner)… and his journey to Superman begins. He encounters the Superman constant, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and even former Law and Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni has a part in this flick.
The casting for this film was quite impressive. Henry Cavill shines as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman… whatever you call him. The physique, the hair, the sarcasm; all there. Michael Shannon as General Zod is the perfect person to love to hate. Amy Adams, thankfully, shatters the damsel-in-distress stigma given to most Lois Lane characters, as she plays a bigger role than constantly shouting, “Save me Superman!” Kevin Costner also embraces his fatherly role and delivered a really satisfying performance. Diane Lane is a bit subdued, I’ll admit, but again, it works. My favourite performance though was Russell Crowe. He isn’t the star but he embodies Jor-El and was spot on in his portrayal.
I haven’t even touched on the action yet; don’t worry, there’s a lot. It features some epic battles; mere words cannot do justice to the exhilarating excitement. Man of Steel is the only Superman film to capture the comic-book type destruction, only Superman can create. If you’re looking for action, go see it. After all, what’s a Superman movie without insane action and fight sequences? That’s right – Twilight.
Man of Steel goes down as a must-see blockbuster. It’s no Avengers for me, but it’s up there! -- Get it? Lol.
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