Thursday, November 14, 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Director: Zack Snyder

Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has super powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must come out to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Rating: 5/5 Reels


The film Man of Steel is a great portrayal of Superman in the real world. In comparison to Superman Returns (2006), this version of Superman in my point of view is well done.

The set construction along with the costume designs were all great. It’s a timeless movie, a story for everybody and really exciting to watch. It’s about the potential for everyone to do good.

Chris Nolan and David Goyer developed a story of a realistic Superman that exists in the real world. To take a character and modernize him to fit this world was brilliant. Basically they let the audience participate in the experience that makes up Superman; they made him relatable and grounded him.

Working on set with a single camera is a difficult task to complete—long hours and character development. They basically landed Superman in America in an era of 2012-2013 to make it feel as real as possible to again help a contemporary audience relate to a super hero.

Another area of development is the costume, they did not stick with the traditional costume, and they removed the underwear from the original. By removing the underwear from the costume they made Superman fit to this era and made him more relatable to the audience of this time, and not only for him but for the rest of the cast. Every cast member from the story has the same skin suit but with more armor or other features. The "S" stands for more than what most people think. It's the most popular symbol on this planet other than the cross. The significance of this symbol in Krypton means hope. 

The message that Superman’s father leaves to the audience is to lead to the front, be a hope, and don’t hide what you are. The action of this film has been more amplified and much more of a fight than a drama film. I would take it as The Incredible Hulk meets Superman Returns; most of his films don’t use that much action or violence.  

By: Brian Alvarez

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