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Friday, 14 June 2013

Review: MAN OF STEEL (2013)

Review: MAN OF STEEL (2013)
Best. Superman. Movie. Ever.

Back in 2006, director Bryan Singer had tried but failed to resurrect the Superman movie franchise in SUPERMAN RETURNS. Although that movie was decently praised by most critics, majority of fans and audiences felt it was too melodramatic and particularly lacked of action. Now, seven years later, there's another big-budget attempt to resurrect the Superman movie franchise has finally arrived in the form of MAN OF STEEL. Here lies the biggest question: does the movie worth the wait after all the strong preview and massive hype? The answer is a... BIG YES!!


In the midst of destruction at the dying planet of Krypton, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) transports their baby child Kal-El to Earth. Kal-El ends up at Smallville in Kansas at which he is subsequently raised by two farmers Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and named him Clark. As Clark slowly adapting his life on Earth, he begins to question his very existence when he discovers he has superhuman abilities and that he is actually born from a different planet. Clark subsequently grew up as an adult (played by Henry Cavill) and hops on many odd jobs while he is ahead. Then along came one day when a hotshot Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is investigating a story about a foreign object that's been buried in ice for 20,000 years and meets Clark along the process. When the world is facing a great threat from an evil Kryptonian named General Zod (Michael Shannon), Clark must fulfil his destiny and becomes the hero nicknamed "Superman" to protect Earth and its people from total annihilation.

David S. Goyer's (with a story credit by Christopher Nolan) screenplay is fantastic with heartfelt themes that touches on choice, fate and redemption -- all beautifully told in a BATMAN BEGINS-like tone. Even though we are familiar with Superman's origin (or at least we think we are), Goyer and Nolan is daring enough to reshuffle the oft-told story with a revisionist take of their own but at the same time still retains the very essence of what makes Superman such an iconic comic book in the first place. Visually, Zack Snyder proves to be at the top of his game after the dismal SUCKER PUNCH (2011). Although he and cinematographer Amir Mokri chooses to employ handheld shots in many scenes, rest assured there is a sense of intimacy that makes this movie with fantastical element feels effectively grounded. And of course, Snyder also knows how to stage plenty of E-P-I-C effects-laden action sequences that guaranteed to satisfy (every) fanboys who have been waiting for a massively spectacular Superman movie all along. With the help of pulse-pounding score by Hans Zimmer, watching the action in the cinema is certainly breathtaking. As for acting-wise, Henry Cavill displays a likeable charm and a heartfelt performance as Clark Kent, while he is engaging enough once he dons his iconic costume as Superman. As Lois Lane, Amy Adams is equally top-notch as well. Michael Shannon, who is no stranger to playing bad guys, is spot-on as the heartless General Zod. Other supporting casts, including Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, display enough emotional poignancy in their limited screen times.

The first epic scene where Superman learns how to fly in the sky; the heartfelt moment involving the fate of Jonathan Kent during a tornado scene; the explosive battle at Smallville; and the mass destruction of Metropolis that ends with a climactic, yet titanic smackdown between Superman and General Zod.

MAN OF STEEL is just so good it's hard for me to pinpoint any flawed moment in this movie.

What can I say? MAN OF STEEL is no doubt the best Superman movie I've ever seen! This is one spectacular summer movie that needs to be experienced at the big screen.

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