From the director of 300 and Sucker Punch -Zach Synder- comes a bombastic reboot in the shape of Man of Steel. Co-written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the narrative follows the most compelling of any ‘superhero’ story, the origin myth. It seems pretty futile of me to tell you what the origin myth of probably the biggest super hero entails, as unless you had a deprived childhood or you grew up on a little island in middle of no where, with zero contact with civilization.
You know that Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) who’s real name is Kal-El, was a baby sent from a dyeing planet by his father (Russell Crowe) and mother (Ayelet Zurer), to earth so that he may survive. As a young boy growing up on a farm in Kansas he discovers that he has powers that not of this world, and goes on a journey of discovery to search for his true identity.
Aesthetically British actor Cavill can look no more like America’s greatest hero; although his performance is stale and his phony American accent is more than a bit patchy. The absence of chemistry between Kent and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is something we are not use to seeing in Superman movies and the sci-fi elements are a nice touch, but at times look out of place.
With a Justice League movie in the pipeline for DC; that will allegedly follow a similar structure to how Marvel assembled the Avengers, it is clear that they have tried to pump as much spectacle in to this movie as possible, to out-do their Marvel counterparts. My only concern is that have they left enough space to go one better with the next movie, or is it all down hill from here.
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Diane Lane, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Runtime: 143 mins
Cert UK: 12A