Man of Steel (2013)
Nothing is perfect and my rating system doesn’t deal with halves so I gave this flick the benefit of the doubt and upped it .5 for visual effects. “Man of Steel” is the most updated version of a Superman flick. After the last “reboot” a few years back, they went back to the drawing board after seeing the success of the Marvel flicks and how they dealt with their character arcs. Don’t lie, DC and pretend you didn’t. Then again, with Christopher Nolan helping with writing and producing the film, I’m sure his influence was projected. After all, he brought a darkness to Batman that others (for whatever reason) didn’t think to do previously on film.
So, we now have a more serious version of Superman with a background story. See, in this, the “S” means “hope” on his original home planet, Krypton. It’s not an “S” at all, but a symbol of his family name. Or something like that. Anyway, he’s sent by his parents via spaceship from his doomed planet after a coup has begun by General Zod. Zod is different from Superman 2′s Zod. Unfortunately, “Kneel before Zod” isn’t uttered once. That’s a positive because you can’t pull it off like “Previous Zod”. Current Zod is pretty good, though. He seems pissed and hell-bent to find the baby that was sent so long ago because he possesses the formula to bring Krypton back to life. See,…Zod is obsessed with Krypton and trying to re-birth it. Hence….the conflict.
After discovering his Earth dad (Kevin Costner) and mom (Diane Lane) adopted him, young Clark always felt different than the other kids. Probably because his eyes could melt things, he could look at his teachers boobs wobble, and he could lift vehicles up. Some of these acts made him feel like he wasn’t like the others. So, when he’s old enough, he ventures out to discover himself. On his first real lead, he’s discovered by Lois Lane, a nosy, thrill-seeking reporter ready for that big scoop. And when she busts in on him…all hell breaks loose. We get ship launches, Ghost-Dad, alien visits, and a pissed off Zod and his very attractive and sexy-when-she’s-kicking-all-kinds-of-ass assistant/wife, Faora-Ul played by actress Antje Traue who also seems to have a Kryptonian name. Alien or not, she might make it on the Hulk Smash list.
Once everything comes into play, and Earth is threatened, Superman is sent to save the day. Director Zack Snyder made sure that your visual experience would be shocking to the system. You felt like Zod when he felt the effects of Earth’s atmosphere. It was a thrill-ride and they didn’t let you rest a bit. It was suspenseful and exciting. I watched the 3-D version so I’m sure the regular version is just as good.
Go see it. I’m a Batman and Hulk fan but this was a great story and well-done. There were a few nuances that had me saying “WTF?” but I looked past them since this was just a super-hero story re-done…again and nothing is perfect. Henry Cavill did a great job as Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent. Dude looked like he spent half the summer in the gym preparing for the role. Question: How does Superman shave? Back on topic…good flick. See it with someone you hate who believes Marvel does a better job. Then get drunk and discuss the flick. Ha!