The not so Man of Steel (2013)
Okay, I know I’m on the late bus, but I got to watch Man of Steel on Monday and I must admit I am impressed with the film.Just a warning, there are spoiler in this review.
According to the synopsis provide by Paradise Cinemas and published in the local dailies, “A young journalist is forced to confront his secret extra-terrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.” Unfortunately, this description is a bit misleading.
Man of Steel is a reboot of the comic superhero Superman and is a species of its own. Unlike previous versions of the comic, this alien becomes a journalist toward the end of the film – after confronting his own race – and we find Louise Lane a keeper of his secret, contradicting the Christopher Reeve versions.
The film does have certain appeal and more emotion. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent or Kal El (whichever you prefer) goes on a sabbatical to discover his roots, and unlike his confident predecessors, this one is doubtful of his himself. However, early on we are reminded of his big heart by the help he has been giving people.
Another interesting thing about this film is that the first fifteen minutes are glimpse into the life he had on Krypton before coming to Earth. Australian Russell Crow, portrays his father Jor El and makes appearances throughout the film as a conscious being within a computerized system much like Brainiac.
British actor, Henry Cavill, dons the superhero suite and becomes the third subject of Her Majesty to become an American comic superhero following Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman) and Christian Bale (Batman). The lead female is taken by Drop Dead Gorgeous star Amy Adams.
Adams plays the role of the inquisitive and head strong Lois Lane. However, she is not the always the damsel in distress that I grew up watching. Instead, she is strong and independent and rarely needs the knight in blue suit to save her.
We also find out that kryptonite is not his greatest weakness but his love for humanity and life. Now, fans of the comic will already know this, but this film completely removes the green rock that makes him sick. Instead, the filmmakers use the atmospheric condition of his planet as his physical weakness, which works for me.
Now, in the film there is no mention of Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor, but we are given a glimpse of his presence (and a possible sequel) with a blue tanker bearing the trademark Lexcorp on it. However, one thing we can say for sure is that this Superman is the most destructive yet.
The epic battle between General Zod and Kal El causes more damage to New York than any other I’ve seen contradicting every other versions of the comic. However, he was more emotional and I connected well with that.
Toward the end, Kal has to kill General Zod in order to save humanity. Now the decision ultimately affects him. However, it shows his humanity and makes the audience feel something they can connect with. Some fans might be put off by this because it goes against his comic character. But from what I hear, he has done this several times already in the comic world.
Anyway, Man of Steel is in 3D and has some spectacular scenes. Of course with supporting roles by Hollywood heavyweights like Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams and Lawrence Fishbourne it’s hard not to be impressed.