In theatres from director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Pictures along with Legendary Pictures is the highly anticipated film that tells us about the MAN OF STEEL.
This film tells the story of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), a young man who roams the world trying to discover himself. This might be normal for most people but Clark is just a little different. Living on the farm with dad Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and mom Martha (Diane Lane), he is finally told one day where he came from.
From the planet Krypton Clark learns he is Kal-El, son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe), an honorable man on his planet. He also learns his fathers death was at the hands of General Zod (Michael Shannon). Now, back on Earth – General Zod wants something Clark has and he’ll destroy everyone on the planet to get it.
Keeping up with Clark is Lois Lane (Amy Adams), a reporter for the Daily Planet who wants nothing more than to help Clark. When Zod calls Clark out openly, the military take both Clark and Lois into custody until they can understand what is happening.
But, the man of steel learns to co-exist with who he is now and where he came from!
FINAL WORD: Cavill as Cal/Clark is actually an awesome choice for this role. He is sullen enough to be serious and cute enough to make women kinds swoon. That’s a double whammy to get couples into the theatre. This is a little deeper than the story of Superman has been on the screen before but Cavill digs in and still has moments of humor.
Crowe as Jor-El does a fantastic job actually. It’s nice to see that he didn’t try to be a carbon copy of the 1978 Marlon Brando Jor-El. Instead he gives Cal’s father a story with some depth to it. I love when Crowe plays these roles that are assertive but also in this film he has depth of emotion as well.
Adams as Lois Lane was an interesting choice and after seeing her performance is still an interesting choice. She is still pushy and mouthy and that’s about all I get from it. There are moments where I question what she is doing and how it’s possible for her to do it. Nope, no spoilers here.
Costner is absolutely stellar as Clark’s Dad. I truly did enjoy watching this character take in this terrestrial child and raise him in the best way possible. Encouraging Clark to seek his father is lovely. Cal/Clark truly did have the best of fathers in both men as they each tried to teach him how to be a better – being. Lane as Mom Martha is sweet and endearing although I did have a difficult time seeing her as an older woman.
Shannon, dear, dear Michael Shannon – the craziest looking man ever yet at the same time one of the most stellar of actors. I love to watch him work and that’s no lie. I’ve watched his characters absolutely pop from the screen and taking the role of Zod is definitely one for the books. His anger is controlled yet his eyes are on fire – stunning.
Other cast include: Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Richard Cetrone as Tor-An and Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MAN OF STEEL four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is definitely a different take on Superman. There is an extended storyline with Jar-El and a connection with General Zod that I haven’t seen before and I actually enjoyed. The actors who played these roles are what make the story.
Now if you are wondering if there is a downside to the film there are one or two irritants for me. One – seriously, the fight scenes and citywide destruction doesn’t need to take that long. It started to get a little tedious. How many times do I need to see one or the other slam through a building? Two – where’s the kryptonite dang it?
Other than that the story is pretty cool in being able to cover all aspects which I’m sure was done to ready the world for MAN OF STEEL 2, 3, 4, 5…..lawd knows there isn’t much else in the hopper to excite film fans. The graphics were pretty cool but with a director like Zack Snyder of ‘300’ fame did you expect anything less?
I don’t see MAN OF STEEL having a problem reaching number one. Whether he stays there with the zombies coming will be something else to see all together.
In the end – he is giving our planet hope!