PG) Man of Steel
Warner Bros Pictures.
Running Time: 143 minutes.
Henry Cavill takes on the legendary role of Superman in Zach Snyder's reboot of the iconic character in Man of Steel. This is the first time superman has been on the big screen in eight years, since 2006's Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns which was not well received critically but was a commercial success. Now, almost a decade later Warner Brothers and DC Comics has taken another shot at rebooting Superman., and has given director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) the task at telling the origins story of a modern, more gritty, and more realistic version of Superman. Man of Steel is easily one of the most anticipated films of the year, but fails to meet the high expectations set.
In Man of Steel, we meet Clark Kent/Superman(Henry Cavill) who is now living on planet earth, and is adjusting to life on earth with his out of this world super powers. Clark is going from job to job, and keeping his super powers a secret. General Zod from Clark's home planet Krypton is coming to earth, and must save earth when it is "invaded" by General Zod from planet Krypton.
Man of Steel fails to meet the high expectations set by movie goers. This is because the filmmakers take the legendary character of Superman, and turn him into a dull, and un charismatic, alien of a super hero. They take the origins story too seriously, and this results in an unsatisfying viewing experience. Despite some really good scenes, and a great final scene, Man of Steel is not that much fun too watch as it is so serious. Man of Steel becomes repetitive in its third act because the same action sequence of Superman and General Zod crashing into buildings keeps on happening, over and over again. The first few times it is fun to watch, but after that it becomes too much.
But, Man of Steel does have some good and memorable moments. The final scene of the film is well done, and sets up a sequel very nicely. Also, the flashbacks of Clark growing up are also well done. Most of the action scenes are fun to watch, and although entertaining, are extremely repetitive.
The acting in the film is good, there is no standout performance but the ensemble does a great job together. Henry Cavill makes a great Superman and does the best with the source material that he is given, as does Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner give the best and most believable performances of the film.