For Some, He Was A Guardian Angel. To Others, A Ghost That Never Quite Fit In
Man of Steel
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni
I’ve been excited for this movie ever since I saw the first teaser trailer a year ago and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
I’m pretty sure most people watching this movie are familiar with Superman’s story. I grew up watching Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies and during my teens I was a huge fan of Smallville (Superman: The Early Years). Smallville made me more attracted to the Superman franchise. The main attraction to Superman as a character, for me, was that although he was strong and had all these powers, he saw himself as human and his weakness wasn’t limited to just Kryptonite. He was susceptible to human qualities such as anger, jealousy, revenge and that his story was as much about how he handled those as well as his own powers and the villains he had to face. This is probably why I love this movie so much.
When the movie starts, we are introduced to Krypton. It was refreshing to see so much of the world that Superman comes from and to really understand why his parents had to send him to Earth. And it was great to see that Kryptonians weren’t really as much of a superior race as we’re led to believe. For me, who didn’t read the comics, much of what I saw of Krypton was new to me and I was glad that this new approach to Superman was included in this movie.
For the rest of the movie, we see Clark Kent’s journey to self discovery and scenes of Clark growing up, trying to come to terms with the powers he has. This movie focouses a lot on Clark learning he is also Kal-El and him trying to understand his Kryptonian side without losing his humanity. Whilst this all happens, he also has to battle with General Zod who is set on making Earth the new Krypton.
It is very fitting that this movie is called, “Man of Steel” and not “Superman”. This movie is very much centred on Clark Kent and Kal-El. Previous Superman movies show Clark Kent as only being the alter ego of Superman. Yet in this movie, we get a true feeling that he is a human before Kryptonian and that Clark Kent is the hero, not the alter ego.
I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone. Its such a refreshing view to the Superman story which I really feel the Superman franchise needed. I don’t desire there to be a sequel. It doesn’t need one. It stands greatly on it’s own. And if that isn’t reason enough to watch this movie, let Henry Cavill’s fine presence be the reason. He really is very easy on the eyes!
This man is on fiiirreeee
Rating: 5 VeeCubb Thumbs Up!