Over my formative years, I had the opportunity to see some great cartoons and pick my favourite characters and the ones I would always watch again and again. Superman was one of them. Then the Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV show was awesome too for me back then. However the movies have been appalling apart from the Superman movie released in 1978 with Christopher Reeve playing the role of Superman. However, this review is looking at the recent reboot titled MAN OF STEEL
Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), with the writing credits going to David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan (Inception & The Dark Knight Trilogy), Man of Steel casts Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, Harry Lennix as General Swannick, Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Nathan Hardy, Kevin Costner as Johnathan Kent, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard and Christina Wren as Major Carrie Farris.
Man of Steel is focused on the origins of Superman, how he came from Krypton, his trying to fit in on Earth and his decision on whether to join or go against General Zod.
The script for this reboot was quite something as the first 40 minutes into the movie had me spellbound. After then it lost itself a bit but picked itself up again with the action scenes coming into play.
I must admit the fight scenes where quite interesting especially where Faora-Ul (Antje Traue) was involved. Gosh she captured my attention with the way she portrayed her role and I missed her when she was not on the screen. Henry Cavill makes for a great Superman as with the work out he did to get fit for the role suited him just right and the attitude. Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner showed why they are veterans. Amy Adams as Lois Lane did not go down well with me and with a lot of people if am to guess right as she did not stamp her authority on the role nor did she make us believe she’s Lois Lane. Also Michael Shannon deserves a mention for being an above average Zod though not so spectacular.
All in all, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan should do more movies together please. You could feel that Dark Knight-Inception mixed with 300 feeling and be satisfied. As for the criticism saying the movie is too dark, I beg to differ as this reboot focuses on Superman beginnings and answers a few questions and lays a good foundation for a sequel.
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Faora: You’re weak, son of El. The fact that you possess a sense of morality and we do not gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins!
Faora-Ul: A good death is its own reward.
Clark Kent: I grew up in Kansas, you can’t get more American than that.
Johnathan Kent: You just have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, Clark. Whoever that man is, he’s going to change the world.
Jor-El: You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.
Jor-El: Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.
Lar Lor-Van: He will be an outcast. They’ll kill him.
Jor-El: How? He’ll be a god to them.
General Zod: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire lufe to master my senses. Where did you train? ON A FARM?
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