MAN OF STEEL
Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder (300) and stars Henry Cavill (Immortals), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Michael Shannon (Mud), and Amy Adams (The Fighter). It is a complete reboot of the Superman series by DC Comics. The story begins when Jor-El (Crowe), a member of the council of planet Krypton, is forced to send his son, Kal-El (Cavill), to earth in order to ensure the survival of their race as their world crumbles all around them. On earth, Kal-El goes by Clark Kent and grows up on a farm in Kansas. He struggles to hide his enhanced abilities throughout most of his young adult life. One day, Kal-El is forced to choose whether he will continue to hide his true identity or use his powers for good when General Zod (Shannon), a banished military leader from Krypton, threatens the human race unless Kal-El turns himself in.
This movie is an exhilarating thrill-ride that goes to an epic depth like we've never seen in any of the other films about the Man of Steel. It is easily the best Superman flick ever made! The special effects were tremendous and the action sequences were electrifying. This film is non-stop fun and must be seen in 3D.
This movie has a great cast. The nearly unheard of Henry Cavill was outstanding. He was a perfect choice to play Superman and surely will become an instant star because of his performance in this film. Michael Shannon did excellent as the sinister, General Zod, Russell Crowe was great as Jor-El, and Amy Adams was a fine choice for Lois Lane.
There were some downsides to this film. None of the supporting roles were quite as developed as Superman and General Zod's characters and it hindered the other actors from standing out as much as they should have. There were intermittent moments of rough dialogue and some cheese here and there. I also thought it was a little too serious for the most part. Now don't get me wrong. Considering how terrible 2006's Superman Returns was, we needed a version that was taken seriously, but the lack of comic relief and wit was slightly disappointing. I think by explaining the back story with far more detail than ever before, the creators have set themselves up for more of a lighthearted sequel with grand potential. The bottom line is the good far outweighs the bad in this film and it's a ton of fun. I'd fully recommend it to everyone.
A COUPLE OF SIDE NOTES:
As any fan of Superman should know, he grew up on a farm in Smallville, Ks. There were quite a few things that will excite Kansas City natives, but seeing Clark Kent wearing a Kansas City Royals t-shirt is just about one of the coolest things ever.
You don't need to stick around after the movie as there's nothing to see after the credits.
My grade for this film: A-
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