Valdosta Daily Times


June 19, 2013

'Man of Steel' still needs work


“Man of Steel” (Action/Science Fiction: 2 hours, 24 minutes)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe
Director: Zack Snyder
Rated: PG-13 (Intense sequences of violence and strong language)
Movie Review: Since the 1978 film “Superman” and its three sequels, which starred Christopher Reeves, modern movies about Superman have continually retold how Superman came to earth to become an American hero. Each film starts by retelling how Superman was sent to Earth from a dying Krypton, his home planet. After that, they forget to develop Superman. Even more, general audiences know the story, so producers should just start with new material that follows Superman after the arrival. “Man of Steel” is good entertainment that does a neat job of retelling the story, but falls prey to some inept story pitfalls of not developing Superman as a person and not just the superhero in action.
Clark Kent (Cavill) is just trying to be normal, moving from one job to the next. Kent is not normal. He has superhuman abilities. He can see through objects, hear sounds from great distances and lift the heaviest items with ease. Clark Kent’s resolve is tested when other Kryptonians led by General Dru-Zod (Shannon) arrive on Earth, looking for Kal-El, who is Clark Kent. Kal-El is Kent’s Kryptonian birth name. Zod says he only wants Kal-El, but Zod has bigger plans for Kal-El and Earth. Clark Kent must relate to his Krypton roots as Kal-El to become Superman to stop General Zod.
This version of Superman is spectacular when it comes to action and eye candy. The fight scenes are violent but tolerable feats of brute force. The film never becomes boring because the action is plentiful and continuous. The special and visual effects are also engrossing. The set designs and costumes add the visual treats. In this sense, this movie is like a grand comic book, except this Superman doesn't mind getting his hands dirty.

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