MAN OF STEEL – After months and months of waiting, we were finally given the opportunity to witness yet another epic superhero film following the likes of Dark Knight, Ironman and Avengers. This time, we’re blessed to see another masterpiece looking at the life of Clark Kent aka Superman aka (in this case), the Man of Steel.
The film kicked off with a very engaging and detailed narrative about Superman’s super adventurous past – The film starts on the Planet Krypton, wherein Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), has just given birth to a son. She and her husband Jor-El (Russell Crowe) have birthed their son naturally, in violation of the basic laws of the planet, where babies are to be bred through genetic engineering with a planetary ‘Codex’ that imprints just what a person’s place in life is to be (leader, scientist, general, etc).
Jor-El and his wife have chosen this path, as their planet is on the brink of destruction. Harvesting their planet’s core for resources has made it unstable and it will destroy itself. After the birth of his son, Jor-El appears before the Kryptonian Leaders, pleading with them to allow him to save the planet’s Codex, and to search beyond Krypton. However, even with destruction imminent, the council will not abandon its ways.
The council is set upon by General Zod (Michael Shannon) and numerous followers, intending to take control of the planet. Though Jor-El does agree the Council’s ways are not right, he refuses to join Zod’s coup. Zod orders Jor-El to be arrested, but Jor-El escapes, and flees to an area nearby, wherein the planet’s birthing chamber resides.
Stealing the Codex from the chamber, Jor-El races back to his home, where his wife Lara has found a planet to send their baby to. Though Lara is sad at the loss of their child, Jor-El claims he will live his life in a new way: free of the limitations imposed by Kryptonians. Their son,Kal-El, will be able to choose his way in life.
As they prepare to launch the pod containing their son, Zod and his followers enter their residence, demanding that Jor-El hand over the Codex. Jor-El claims it is in the pod with his son, causing Zod to battle Jor-El, before stabbing him to death. In the fight, Lara engages the pod’s engines, and it shoots into the sky.
Angered that Jor-El and his wife have doomed the Kryptonian race with the removal of the Codex, Zod orders his followers to shoot down the pod. However, his orders are suddenly cancelled when Kryptonian security ships appear, arresting them. In the confusion, a Phantom Drive engages on the pod, rocketing the baby away in the blink of an eye.
For punishment, Zod and his followers are banished to The Phantom Zone, causing Zod to lash out that even though their planet will soon be gone, the leaders will not grant him and his followers a quick death. He also swears to Lara (who is present), that he will find her son.
Shortly after, Krypton is destroyed. Many worlds away, the pod carrying Kal-El rockets into Earth’s atmosphere, touching down near Smallville, Kansas (Source: IMDB).
That exquisite start set the whole mood of the film and you can easily tell that it’s going to be one of those films wherein every little detail matters and by the end of the it, you will have a full. comprehensive understanding of the movie and of the character himself. That’s probably one of the reasons why this film is exceptional – the foundations were strong hence the development of the plot all throughout the motion picture remained solid and intact.
Henry Cavill is the certainly the right choice for the role. Not to mention their actual physical resemblance, the rawness and the amateur-ish type of acting he delivered suited perfectly with the character he is portraying. IT didn’t felt too theatrical which is good – giving Superman, a human touch I suppose.
Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe provided an excellent supporting cast with Amy Adams (Lois) actually doing more in the film compared to previous Lois’ in other Superman films. Her character here is so vital that she hast, literally, become the other half of the latter part of the story. Amazing performance though from Adams which is good.
One little critique, I think they’ve gone a bit over the top in terms of fight scenes. It became tasteless at some point because there’s just too many things going on, too many effects, too many sound, too many movements – it distracts more than it entertains but luckily, it didn’t stayed like that for long.
However, I love how they made Superman, more human in this film. The emotions, the family connections, the day-to-day experiences – it gives us an idea of how he lived a human life despite being a superhuman and very rare you get that in a superhero-themed films like this.
Not surprised that it is reaping box office returns in every single country in the world, it is an amazing film and everyone who knows Superman will definitely like the approach given to this film. It’s like getting to know someone more despite the fact that we already know him.