Tasked with the unenviable job of rebooting the Superman franchise after it’s last lackluster outing in 2006’s “Superman Returns”, and having to follow a record-setting run from counterpart Batman, in his Nolan Trilogy, the “Man Of Steel” swoops in to save it.
Directed by Zack Snyder, with producing credits from Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, and a story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, “Man Of Steel” reboots the story of the last son of Krypton.
Beginning on his alien home world of Krypton, we follow Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) on his journey to become the hero known as Superman.
Tales weave throughout, showing how he becomes this hero. His biological parents Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara-El (Ayelet Zurer) send him to safety on Earth, where the loving couple of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane) raise him as their son.
From his first meeting with Lois Lane (Amy Adams), these all culminate in a battle for Earth against the fearsome General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his commanding officer, Faora (Antje Traue).
Cavill commands attention, bringing forth a strong performance of a character whose power is limitless. Assisted by the strong visual eye of Zack Snyder and his team, this is a Superman who can leap buildings in a single bound, go faster than a speeding bullet, and then pretty much ignore every single law of physics we have.
A strong supporting cast, only strengthen Cavill. Shannon is a perfect antagonist, demanding and imbuing a fear of destruction upon the world, and Traue almost upstaging him with her portraying her characters unyielding servitude to Zod. Adams chemistry with Cavill, plays into the love story that is “Lois and Clark” well, showing the bond the two have. And both sets of parents at times steal the screen when they appear, with Crowe appearing to be calling upon the bad-assery of his character from “Gladiator”, and Lane showing the nurturing love of Martha Kent so strongly, that mothers may hug their children after.
There are some issues that do come up, with an often-shaky camera, colour tones that come off a bit “dirty” due to trying to darken the tone, and some cause and effect within the story that appears to have no repercussion.
But if these are overlooked, you’ll have an endless amount of fun as the story flies toward its conclusion (which in itself is another contentious issue for some).
The film is incredible, with beautiful environments and moments; intense action that is fast and suspends disbelief with it’s over the top destruction, and a story the bathes the audience in the “Yellow Sun” of childish wonders and joy.
You will finally believe a man can fly, again.