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November 13, 2017

Man of Steel (2013) --- "Alien With Super Powers Posses As A Human And Saves Earth From Destruction."

Plot Summary
With the imminent destruction of Krypton, their home planet, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child's spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their own son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark (Henry Cavill) living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat. (1) 

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     After reading some of the critics for Man of Steel (2013) I figured out that the negative reviews are simply haters. They complained about the film having too much action or Superman being too serious or a lack of romance. It clear that director Zack Snyder (300) could care less about critics’ opinions simply because they hate his film style; over-the-top action and CGI which has become his trademark. Even two of Snyder’s best movies, 300 (2006) and Watchmen (2009), barely received a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This is why I was interested to see the collaboration of director Snyder and Writer Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) (alongside fellow writer David S. GloverBatman Begins) because in Snyder films it is all about visual interest (rather than the story), while Nolan is more about the story and conveying a sense of realism. And this is the case for Man of Steel.

     The film flips back and forth between the past and present day. Nolan takes over the story when it shifts to the past as it drives the present day story and shows simply how Clark Kent (Henry CavillImmortals) became the man he is in the present without holding anything back. The movie does a back and forth between the past and present day. Nolan really takes over the story when it shifts to the past. The past drives the current story and it does it well I believe. The scenes focused on the present demonstrate some good action sequences which make up for the lack of action and conflict in Superman Returns (2006). The action scenes are very destructive but there is a good story behind it rather than it just being mindless explosions like in a Transformers film. I believe that many movie goers were expecting a family friendly film but when you have people like Snyder and Nolan working on a film together it's bound to be a dark film. This is probably one of the darkest Superhero films to date which is what the franchise needed and is a true reboot. The cast was great as each actor portrayed his or her character perfectly and adequately.
     Like with most films, there are bound to be a couple flaws. Some audiences believe that there were too many fighting scenes but one cannot expect that the villain will back down quietly. I mean this is not a Superman film of the 1970’s so there has come a time now where even superhero films must follow the real laws of physics in order to be believable… “What goes up must come down.” – Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Honestly, the only real flaw that audience have pointed out and is justifiable is the sudden kissing scene between Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Amy AdamsArrival, Trouble with the Curve). It just seemed out of place considering the atmosphere of the scene. From the beginning, the film has an overall lack of romance. Now there is chemistry between characters but not necessarily romance and I believe that they are saving it all for Man of Steel 2 (2018 or 2019). As stated before this film is dark, it’s an origin story and action-based with a lack of romance that most likely is due to Lois & Clark just meeting each other and Superman’s primary focus on the villain.

     Overall, Man of Steel is one of the best action movies of 2013, it is clearly a Snyder-Nolan collaboration as I believe that it delivered what it said it would. This is not necessarily a bright and shining, family friendly movie and you should not expect it to be. It's dark, it deals with the choices people have to make and that the lines are not always clearly outlined. Sometimes you have to disregard your prejudices and work in the gray areas. This is what makes Man of Steel an entertaining Superman reboot and an almost masterpieces. I say almost because while the visuals were stunning and the action was great but the story, while it was good, is nothing phenomenal. I highly recommend this film, especial if you plan to watch Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) or any other DCEU film.

“You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”
- Jor-El

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.5 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.5 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
Aquaman (2018)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
The Flash (2018)
Green Lantern (2011)
Hancock (2008)
Justice League (2017)
Justice League Part 2 (N/A)
Man of Steel 2 (N/A)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1981)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman Returns (2006)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Suicide Squad 2 (N/A)
Wonder Woman (2017) 

Cast & Crew
Directed by Zack Snyder
Writing Credits
     (Story/Screenplay)David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
     (Created Superman)Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Produced by 
     Wesley Coller            ...      co-producer
     Curt Kanemoto         ...      associate producer
     Christopher Nolan   ...      producer
     Jon Peters                  ...      executive producer
     Lloyd Phillips            ...      executive producer
     Charles Roven           ...      producer
     Deborah Snyder        ...      producer
     Emma Thomas         ...      producer
     Thomas Tull              ...      executive producer
Music by Hans Zimmer  
Cinematography by Amir Mokri
Film Editing by David Brenner
Casting By Kristy Carlson            and Lora Kennedy  
Production Design by Alex McDowell           
Art Direction by Chris Farmer and Kim Sinclair
Set Decoration by Anne Kuljian          
Costume Design by James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson        
Henry Cavill                       ...      Clark Kent / Kal-El
Amy Adams                         ...      Lois Lane
Michael Shannon             ...      General Zod
Diane Lane                          ...      Martha Kent
Russell Crowe                    ...      Jor-El
Antje Traue                         ...      Faora-Ul
Harry Lennix                      ...      General Swanwick
Richard Schiff                   ...      Dr. Emil Hamilton
Christopher Meloni         ...      Colonel Nathan Hardy
Kevin Costner                     ...      Jonathan Kent
Ayelet Zurer                        ...      Lara Lor-Van
Laurence Fishburne        ...      Perry White
Dylan Sprayberry             ...      Clark Kent (13 Years)
Cooper Timberline           ...      Clark Kent (9 Years)
Richard Cetrone               ...      Tor-An
Mackenzie Gray                ...      Jax-Ur
Julian Richings                 ...      Lor-Em
Mary Black                          ...      Ro-Zar
Samantha Jo                      ...      Car-Vex
Michael Kelly                     ...      Steve Lombard
Rebecca Buller                  ...      Jenny
Christina Wren                  ...      Major Carrie Farris
David Lewis                        ...      Major Laramore
Tahmoh Penikett              ...      Jed Eubanks
Doug Abrahams                ...      Heraldson
Brad Kelly                           ...      Byrne 

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