Friday, June 21, 2013

MINI-REVIEW: Man of Steel 3D

Man of Steel

Henry Cavill, Amy Adams


June 14, 2013

Zack Snyder

Warner Bros. Pictures

2 hours 23 minutes



Last year, Mark Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was constantly being advertised as being "the untold story" of Peter Parker and how he became the infamous web slinger.  However, despite the film being enjoyable on its own, it really didn't have much of an untold story and actually managed to show over 25 minutes of the film in its commercials and advertisements alone.  The reason why 'The Amazing Spider-Man' needs to be mentioned is because 'Man of Steel,' the latest Superman reboot, is how an untold superhero story is told right.  This is a different Superman than most are used to, mainly because almost the entire origin story is different.  There are things about Kal-El, which is what he's mostly called throughout the film, that are different than what the comics say.  This might upset fans of the comics, but as someone who never read a Superman comic growing up, I loved this movie.  Despite having some minor flaws and plotholes, 'Man of Steel' is everything I could have asked for in a Superman movie and more.

Throughout his life, Clark Kent always felt and acted differently from other children around him.  He has performed acts that almost seem god-like, yet he has no explanation for them.  As it turns out, Clark's real name is Kal-El, and through years of discovery, learns that his home planet of Krypton exploded and that he possesses super powers that make him invincible to many things on Earth.  Clark also finds out that he isn't the last Kryptonian alive, as the evil General Zod and his henchmen were saved after being unfrozen due to the explosion.  Now Zod wants to recreate Krypton on Earth, which would mean killing off the entire human race.  It's now up to Clark, or Kal-El, to stop Zod and protect the people that he's gotten to know over the course of his lifetime.

If you're a die hard Superman fan, then chances are this won't be your cup of tea.  As someone who loves to see new things happen to familiar characters, this was a huge gaze of fresh air for me.  The story was very fascinating, and possibly even more creative than the original comics.  The acting by everyone was great, and Henry Cavill makes a fantastic Superman that even rivals Christopher Reeve's portrayal.  Zack Snyder clearly had a keen eye for this material, making the scenery gorgeous and the battle sequences spectacular to watch.  I give props to Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer for crafting such a unique Superman tale that is original and really cool.  The 3D isn't necessary by any means, but it is nice to have during the film, especially during the scenes on Krypton, as well as the battle scenes.  It would be easy for many to complain about the tiniest of nitpicks scattered throughout this movie, but honestly it's not worth doing.  'Man of Steel' is a love it or hate it film, and I for one am on the side that really enjoyed it.  This is a spectacular superhero movie from start to finish, and is hopefully the start to a new Superman franchise that will be beloved by all and be carried out through the ages.


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