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- Man of Steel (2013) reviewed by Derrick Dallmeyer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Man of Steel (2013)
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, Jadin Gould.
Director: Zack Snyder
Synopsis: Henry Cavill stars as Kal-El, (or Clark) who is later known as Superman in a new and improved remake of the classic film, “Superman.” Man of Steel starts with the origins of Superman and how his home planet of Krypton is under its final moments before all life on the planet ceases to exist. At this point Kal-El is only an infant when his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) decides to save his son in the midst of all the chaos by sending the child as well as the DNA from their home planet of Krypton, with him to a distant planet known as Earth. While this is all happening, General Zod (Michael Shannon) tries to get what is known as the codex, but evidently finds out that it is with Kal-El hurling towards and unknown distant planet, but promises to find the baby and the codex to one day restore a new Krypton to fit his own agenda. Kal-El, now known as Clark, is taken in by his new earthly parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) and spends his childhood figuring out what it means for him to not be apart of this new world that he finds himself in. As Clark grows up he ventures into the world and later discovers a space ship thousands of years old and realizes that this ship is originally form from his old home planet, Krypton. General Zod, still alive, discovers the location of Clark and demands that Earth gives him up, otherwise they should expect destruction. Clark, or Superman at this point, must decide either to give himself up and leave the fate of Earth and his new love Lois Lane (Amy Adams) in the hands of the unsure motives of General Zod, or fight to save his new home and the Earthlings he has grown to love.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4/5 Reels
If you are easily entertained like I am, with suspenseful films filled with action, explosions, love, heartbreak, and victory, than I recommend Man of Steel as a film fit for your liking. Director Zack Snyder tell the story of the origins of Superman very well. From his humble beginnings at Krypton, his childhood questioning of where he belongs in this new world he finds himself in, to defeating General Zod and saving planet earth, Snyder puts his perfect spin on the story of Superman.
You will be on the edge of your seat throughout the whole movie waiting for the next big move. However, the amount of action does not take away from the plot. There is a poetic feel to the film that captures Clark’s story and struggles along the way. Snyder does a good job in relating this film to everyday life where we ourselves often try to find meaning out of our lives, and why we are here to begin with. Snyder deals with the big questions of life, while perfectly encapsulating them into the life of Clark and his journey in discovering his identity—Superman.
By: Derrick Dallmeyer