3/4

Man Of Steel [2013] ★★★

man-of-steel-poster-2Take a hike Brandon Routh, there’s a new Superman in town, and he’s younger, fiercer and stronger than ever before. Producer Christopher Nolan, who wrote the script with David Goyer, shows us a Superman caught in the act of inventing himself. The Man of Steel that Henry Cavill plays so potently in this fresh take is still discovering his superpowers. I mean he nearly gives himself a heart attack at first. But credit Nolan for trying to do the impossible in a summer epic: take us somewhere we haven’t been before. Another good news is that he hasn’t dropped the ball yet. Following his brilliant Dark Knight trilogy, he boldly went into Superman territory and crushed it. It’s more fun and more intense than any of the Christopher Reeves films, without giving less to the characters. But if you expect Superman to start flying the second you sit down with your popcorn, snap out of it. Nolan and his director Zack Snyder (“300”, “Watchmen”) wants us to know the real Clark. And Henry Cavill doesn’t just play the role, he owns it. As for Amy Adams, she reinvents the role of Lois Lane in style, giving her more depth, and a reason for us to care about her relationship with the Man of Steel. What’s more, Nolan and Snyder have followed in the footsteps of other recent Hollywood filmmakers: if you want to have a really good villain, hire Michael Shannon. But that’s far from being a bad thing. In fact, Shannon is a terrific actor (see “Take Shelter” and thank me later) and he manages to make a worthy adversary for our hero.

If there’s any criticism to be leveled at the screenplay, is that it doesn’t always stay on track. But Zack Snyder keeps the action roaring. That also means that there’s never a dull moment in “Man of Steel”, which runs close to two-and-a-half hours. It’s hard to ask more from an origin story when you’re being so roundly entertained. The film has most reboots beat by a country mile. But hey, more spoilers would probably get me in trouble with you guys. But If you feel like re-watching any Superman movie before seeing this one, make it the 1978 film. Kudos to Snyder for going bigger without going stupid. His set pieces, from an apocalyptic Krypton to hell unleashed over earth will blow your mind. So’s the movie. It’s incredibly entertaining.

Rating: 3/4

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  1. I don’t know if it was part of the whole “Superman still figuring out how to be Superman” but I thought the action sequence at the end involved plenty of random violence and (off the screen) casualties. I just thought that Superman would be more mindful of all the people who are in danger and/or already hurt and try to help those people more.

    I understand making Superman less of a Boy Scout to make the character edgier but this was kind of a disappointment.

    Superhero movies have been a lot more willing to kill off bad guys. Spider-man also would not have murder anyone but Green Goblin died in Spider-man due to the Goblin’s own treachery. Doc Oct also sort of parished because Spider-man chose to not go save the bad guy. That is still not as blatant as Batman Begins where Batman flat out told the Liam Neeson character that he simply choose to NOT save him (and let him die). I might be old school but what I love about the superhero comics is that the superheroes (for the most part) hold on to this higher level of moral.

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  2. well for myself , i think that we needed to know the background of Superman , i have never imagined that he could have gone through this much before he gets to the CAP and Clark Kent thing, we always find heroes where we expect them to be , but always some directors like Christopher Nolan shows us how they got there, the struggle , the injustice they had and finally the choice they took. I love Louis Lane new character , strong and yet very sweet , and unlike all the other lanes that we knew, she went after her heart and sens reason and not after the scoop , i think that we loved all the character and we got what their drive was , even those who we consider “villains” .
    With all respect to Anis, the movie you should watch before this superman is the Superman 2 by Richard Lester , this is a good way to see how we can interpret a movie in whole 2 different ways

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