In this resurrection of Superman we learn how Krypton is destroyed and Kal-El is sent to Earth and eventually becomes Superman. Growing up amongst humans Superman assumes the identity of Clark Kent, hiding his powers and origins until Kryptonian General Zod arrives to terra-form Earth into a new Krypton.
Henry Cavill (Clark/Kal-El), Amy Adams (Lois), Michael Shannon (Zod), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Russel Crowe (Jor-El), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul), Harry Lennix (Gen. Swanwick), Richard Schiff (Hamilton), Christopher Meloni (Col. Hardy), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry).
Man of Steel begins on Krypton with some extensive storytelling regarding the destruction of the planet along with the how and why Kal-El was sent to Earth. Living now as Clark Kent we follow along as he matures and discovers his past. But when Zod arrives planning to terra-form Earth into a new Krypton, Superman is finally revealed along with his powers. The film moves along at a decent pace with only a few slow points to an ending that many fans will find inconsistent with the Superman legend.
Acting was pretty good and Cavill does a nice job as Superman, continuing the somewhat dry and emotionless character. Adams was entertaining, playing a young Lois but didn’t seem to connect with Cavill well. Shannon was a good choice as Zod and delivered well. Crowe and Costner were both enjoyable as Superman’s father’s and did surprisingly well in somewhat contradictory approaches to parenting. Fishburne also did nicely though his talents could have been more extensively used.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good however it was CGI that stole the show. Special effects took over as the centerpiece here and while they were well done, they were also a bit overdone for the story feeling obviously unreal at times. Dialogue was decent and explained much of the unseen background. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
When the last explosion is over Man of Steel ends up being a nicely done sci-fi flick and an interesting retelling of the Superman legend. That said, the storyline was somewhat inconsistent with the legend and may leave some die-hard fans feeling more than a little frustrated. Those who can overlook the inconsistencies should enjoy this one quite a bit.
With plenty of destruction, sci-fi violence, and some foul language, this should be fine for preens and older.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comic Books and Superheroes, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Blockbusters
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