Man of Steel
The idea of finding yourself may seem like a scary idea, but it’s actually not too difficult if you look at what you love. And I don’t mean the kind of job you want, but rather the kind of person you choose to be. Are you ambitious? Are you happy? Do you feel like your making an impact for the live around you? I can certainly say that after high school, the world became a much larger place. I now had the ability to do whatever I wanted. Before I took another step into college, I had to ask myself is this the person I wanted to be. I think in the long run, I’m glad with what I’ve done.
Going to school as a freshman in another state, I suddenly felt like I was more alone then ever; I had to make new friends, prepare my meals (by that, I mean pick whatever I felt like from the cafeteria), and attend my business classes. It was during this time that I knew I would rather do something else then getting a business degree. I sought comfort at the movie theater. That was when I realized that the movies were something I loved more then business. I knew if I could tart writing about cinema for readers, then I would have fun entertaining them. If I could find my place, then Superman can find his place as well in Man of Steel.
This new Superman movie is a modern day retelling of the origin story of America’s most iconic hero. On the earth-like planet of Krypton, scientist Jor-El (played by Russell Crowe) has discovered that his planet is about to face destruction. When the planet’s ruling council won’t listen, he decides to send his recently newborn son Kal-El and an important genetic code of the Kyrpton people to another planet…ours. Just as the baby leaves, Kyrpton is destroyed, but not everyone is dead.
Cut to now when Kal-El or better known by his earth name Clark Kent (played by Henry Cavill) is wondering around the northwest of America, trying to figure out who he is. His adoptive father Jonathan Kent (played by Kevin Costner) revealed to him the ship he came in and that young Clark is the answer to “are we alone in the universe?”. Clark’s journey eventually takes him the artic north where he finds a holographic version of his real father telling him all the answers he’s wanted to know. It is here where he don’s the red cape and takes his first flight. This is all witnessed by reporter of the Daily Planet, Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams). Bust just as Superman find’s his true identity, a group of rouge Kyrpton people, led by General Zod (played by Michael Shannon), want to use the earth to rebuild their planet, but not with Earth humans. Superman now has to decide what world belongs to him as he fights.
I’ll be first to admit that I’m not that big of a Superman fan. I’ve never seen the famous Christopher Reeve films nor have I read the comics. But I’ve heard about the story from many people, so naturally when I found out that Christopher Nolan (the director from The Dark Knight trilogy) was producing and writing the story, I was curious. I can defiantly say that this is a much darker Superman story. Much of the first hour is establishing that Superman had a hard childhood as his superior powers made him feel like an outcast. Man of Steel also takes a lot of time to tell the audience about the planet Krypton.
At first, I was worried that the slow tone was going to make the movie boring. It had not gotten there, yet you can only take being a superhero seriously so far. What helps is that the movie’s actors are literally super. Henry Cavill makes a likable Superman, having a rougher, yet more organic persona for America’s hero. Amy Addams does well as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon is good as General Zod, but the two that really steel the show is Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe as the fathers of Superman. Both are in the movie for long lengths and make as much as an impression on us as it has on Superman.
After our hero starts flying, the action really begins. Man of Steel has more computer special effects then stars in the universe. It all looks great, even better then Iron Man 3. The scale of the effects is grand and large as much of the story involves Earth nearly being destroyed by a spaceship. It all looks good, but I’m just afraid that this movie may have pulled its best trick out of the hat too soon. Warner Brothers wants to make sequels, right? Though maybe a few minutes too long, I can say that Man of Steel is an amazing flight of a block buster that is well worthy of the name super.
I’ll give this five Superman S insigmas out of five. Man of Steel just may be the start to a series of superheroes that could rival Disney and Marvel’s heroes. Let’s just hope that the later films become less serious and have fun with it’s concept.