Monday, July 1, 2013

Man of Steel: The Re(al) - view

Clark Kent: My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they'd reject me... out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?
Man of Steel is not your typical comic-movie, rather it's a powerful emotional driven story about a young man's journey to find himself (it sounds cheesy, but no other words come to mind) in a world that cannot and will not accept that his kind truly exists, till the fate of that very world lies in his hands; mixed in are amazing abilities and really cool fight scenes.

This is a truly beautiful movie that deals with the origin story of the 'Adam' of supes, the grandfather of heroes and the only one that gets a free pass with the whole cape thing (see Edna Mode of The Incredibles explain here) because he's that awesome; why because he has the strength and moral compass (well, maybe we'll see more of that in later movies) than any other supe that comes to mind. But the titular character - British hunk Henry Cavill is not the star of the movie, rather it's his co-stars that take this experience into epic proportions; this doesn't mean that Cavill was average, rather his co-stars were simply too influential and their take on the characters that moulded his persona is simply - excellent.

These characters are Jor-El (Russell Crowe), Lana Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), General Zod (Michael Shannon), Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner). While they don't appear much in the movie, except for Zod, the actors that portrayed his parents - especially his fathers - did a really superb job. Little wonder it premièred on Father's Day Weekend. But as much as I'd love to give most of the credit to his parents (Human & Kryptonian), my favourite character has to be General Zod. Like Khan in Star Trek into Darkness, General Zod is a villain who's just trying to do what he thinks is best for his race; so if that leads to the total annihilation of the human race, well why not? And the guy that just had to portray him, Michael Shannon, is a personal favourite - this man has got a really scary look and the way he talks ... chills man. Thank God Viggo Mortensen didn't get the role!

From the teaser trailer, it was obvious that Man of Steel was going to be one hell of an experience - reason is because of the guys that were involved in the production. I know its been overstated but when you take the visual prowess of Zach Snyder (director) 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch together (minus the slow motion), and the creative punch of the guys that brought you The Dark Knight franchise (Chris Nolan & David S. Goyer - producer & writer) you can only expect a beautiful outcome. And to top it off, Hans Zimmer providing the soundtrack ... come on!

Where Man of Steel fails is the romantic aspect to Superman's story, but given the realistic (and not dark) approach to this franchise, its quite difficult to see where he'd have time to be mooning over Lois Lane (portrayed by another personal favourite, Amy Adams). But if there are three scenes that make this movie, they'll be - That punch (seen the movie? you'll know what I mean), Jonathan Kent going back for the dog (ultimate sacrifice for his son's secrecy) and the best by a mile - Martha Kent speaking to young Clark who's hiding in the janitor's closet.

Man of Steel's already shown that this franchise is going to get a lot better, as long as the production & direction team remain intact. And as for killing Zod, clearly you can see how Clark/Kal-El was distraught by the decision. Thanks to everyone that made this experience possible.


Opened: June 14, 2013 Runtime: 2 hr. 23 min. Genre: Action, Adventure Rated: 12A