Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Man of Steel - Best Superhero Movie Since The Dark Knight

Man of Steel was possibly the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen, and that’s because in many ways it wasn’t a superhero movie.  Directed by Zack Snyder, creative genius behind 300 and Watchmen two of the greatest graphic novel film adaptations ever made, the film focused heavily on Superman’s history which gave the viewer not only Superman’s back story but also allowed for the significance of his arrival on Earth to be all the more compelling.  Henry Cavil is fantastic as Kal-El, the first natural born baby on Krypton in centuries.  His father, masterfully played by Russell Crowe, rescues his newborn son from the destruction of the planet and the grasp of the evil General Zod played by Michael Shannon whose goal is the survival of their race at any cost.  Arriving on Earth, Kal-El is discovered by a farmer and his wife (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) who understand the significance of such a discovery.  Instilling in their son the utmost belief that he is special the parents make him understand that one day, when the world finds out of his existence, it will change humanity forever.  Stunning visual effects and intense action sequences make Man of Steel an exceptional science fiction film and this overall theme of the discovery of life in the universe which is at the heart of the Superman story is incredibly well done.  People overlook the fact that the existence of Superman means the existence of not only intelligent life, but highly advanced life in the universe besides us, a realization that will have a profound effect on humanity as a whole.  With the arrival of General Zod on Earth, Superman must wait for the appropriate time to not only save the planet, but reveal his existence to the human race changing not only his life but everyone’s forever.  The nearly 3 hour run time is necessary with a film like this which masterfully crams in an incredible amount of storyline and character development.  Jumping back and forth between  Clark Kent as a young man, searching the world for answers and himself as a young boy coming to terms with his powers, the film paints a brilliant picture of the man of steel.  Overall, the movie was a remarkable achievement and not only stands up alongside The Dark Knight as one of the best superhero movies ever but also stands alone as one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen.  I wish I had more thumbs, because “two thumbs up” is an undeserved understatement.  I cannot WAIT for the sequel.

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