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- Man of Steel (2013) reviewed by Kelly Anyadike
Monday, March 31, 2014
Man of Steel (2013)
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Laurence Fishburne.
Director: Zack Snyder
Synopsis: Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent, a young man trying to find his place in the world after he discovers that parents found him in a spaceship and his origins are not of this world. In search of who his is, and his purpose for being sent to earth, he encounters a number of obstacles that cause him to challenge what it means to be human; leading him to come to terms with who he really is. When earth's very core is at stake Clark Kent must embrace the history of his ancestors in order to become the hero the world needs in order to save it from a disturbing fate. Clark must face a battle on two fronts.
Reviewer's rating: 4.5/5
As the wind rushes through the line of pinned up clothes, a boy emerges from behind soft white linen. Hands firm at his sides forming tight fist, he stands before a setting sun, his blood red cape rapped snugly around his neck, fluttering amongst a steady wind. Man of Steel is a movie dealing with the origins of the famous childhood superhero, superman. The story starts in the motherland of Krypton, and the audience for the first time is able to experience the tragic end of a powerful planet, the events that lead to its destruction, and the hope that we find in his parents that allowed him to survive the fate of his dying planet.
This movie is action packed , filled with great eye catching effects that you wouldn't want to take a bathroom break to miss. Throughout the movie we see Henry Cavill give an amazing performance, as he molds a lost boy into a confident hero willing to give up everything to save his people, and to prove to the earthlings that he indeed is one of them.
The audience is able to identify with Lois Lane as she finds out the truth about a mysterious stranger that saves her by using light beams from his eyes. Amy Adams is truly believable as she tries to find out the truth of Clarks life in the shadows but as she digs deeper she comes face to face with her own challenges of an alien invasion and he new role as the only one who has talked to this alien that has been living among them. We get to see the strength in Amy Adams' character, her passion, and her desire to stand for justice and truth no matter what that may mean for her.
The plot is very original for a Superman movie. The introduction to the new concepts of the planet krypton, and its history, as well as superman's struggle on this earth as he tried to find ways to discover himself were attention grabbing. Even the enemy Zod and his story had an awesome twist that really caused me to feel for him.
This movie with its theme of hope, community, and courage is beautiful, and caused me to engage in deeper thought even after the credits. It is exciting, action packed, inspiring, and creative despite the fact that Superman has been created and recreated several times in our era. This movie is more than fighting; it is about over coming. I would definitely recommend this film to both superhero lovers and non-super hero lovers alike.
By: Kelly Anyadike