Man of Steel (2013) Review

Rating: 8 / 10

To prepare myself for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I had to rewatch this great work from Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, Dawn of the Dead).

Plot: The first movie in DC Extended Universe – Man of Steel. Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

Starring:

  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El
  • Amy Adams as Lois Lane
  • Michael Shannon as General Zod
  • Diane Lane as Martha Kent
  • Russell Crowe as Jor-El
  • Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent
  • and many more

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Written by: David S. Goyer

Seeing this movie for the……….I don’t even know how many times I have seen this. Every time I see Man of Steel I love it even more and more. I think that this is the best Superman movie out now. I have always been a Superman fan and always will be if they release these kind of style movies about Superman – dark, full of action and committed to the comics/source material. I was just a kid, I think like 6 years old and my parents bought me a VHS tape of a Superman cartoon – 1940’s cartoon of Superman and the story I think was The Mechanical Monster and some other story. After watching that cartoon I wanted to be Superman. All kids wanted to be Superman at that age but that wasn’t possible. So most of the kids just became big fans of the character. As a kid I also loved to watch Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, of course I didn’t care about the romance part of the series but when Superman came on screen I couldn’t get my eyes from the TV – in our country I think we got that series in late 90’s/early 00’s but that didn’t make no difference in enjoying it. As you can see – a big Superman fan and a kid in heart. Keep on reading……there is still going to be something about Man of Steel.

Wanted to mention: the last effort with Superman Returns in 2006 was not that good and kind of was too cheesy – just looked funny and too much rock punching.

And finally about Man of Steel. From introduction of Krypton (great CGI effect used) to the life of a young and adult Clark Kent. Showing his relationships with his parents (loved how emotional was Kevin Costner’s portrayal of Jonathan Kent – made me even cry when Clark Kent had to see how his father/step-father died) and how he will do anything to save his home from destruction (killing General Zod to prevent the killing of innocent people). About Superman killing Zod: I have read so many comments about that being the main issue with this movie why people didn’t like it – because everybody though that Superman doesn’t kill people and left the fans lost. As David S. Goyer put it: “You have to do what’s right for the story. In that instance, this was a Superman who had only been Superman for like, a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics… If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story?… [T]he moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only another person from your race. Take Superman aside, I think that’s the right way to tell that story.” That really makes a lot of sense, no? Of course the destruction of Metropolis made a lot of fans scratch their heads but don’t worry all that will be addressed in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

I really loved that how they introduced Superman in this movie. A fresh take on Man of Steel and I loved it. Zack Snyder really staid committed to the comics and made the Superman what we all needed and put his beautiful style of directing in this work.

Henry Cavill is Superman. This role, he made his own and I couldn’t even imagine anybody else playing this character – except maybe Nicolas Cage would’ve been a good Superman – like a freaky/weird version of Man of Steel (watch the documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? to see how close they got with Cage with Superman). Henry Cavill gave this character soul and he did everything so that we care about Superman and of course he made him look cool – with no red outside underwear (Superman Returns).

The other cast members made the movie even better. Amy Adams as Lois Lane is great and liked her a lot – I hope the character will evolve more thorought the DC Extended Universe. Michael Shannon as General Zod was freaking awesome – darker then Terence Stamp General Zod in Superman (1978) version. Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent was just brilliant in his portrayal – really liked his character. To put things short, I enjoyed all the cast and I hope that we will see them all in future Superman movies and other DCEU movies.

When the movie was released Man of Steel earned $291 million in North America and a $377 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $668 million, making it the highest-grossing Superman film to date.

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/

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