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      Man of Steel
      Let's just get straight to the point of addressing the issues with the advertising of Man of Steel. Despite what some of the trailers may have suggested to you otherwise, this film was NOT directed by Christopher Nolan. He is credited as producer. This film is NOT The Dark Knight. It is NOT Batman. This is a film about a completely different character. That being Superman and he is a different creature altogether – literally. I mean he’s not even human and he actually has super powers.


      A young man (Henry Cavill) lives an elusive life, unable to understand his unusual abilities or where he came from. Once he discovers the truth he is forced to come out of hiding and accept who he really is when General Zod (Michael Shannon), an outlaw from his home planet comes to destroy human life, in order to create a new world for his race.


      Man of Steel has immediately and perhaps surprisingly become one of the most hotly debated superhero movies of recent releases and it seems to be mostly down to the struggle to acknowledge that this is Zack Snyder’s Superman not Nolan’s.


      This is a reboot and with that comes a formality of an origin story and this is where writer David S. Goyer has been most creative. Everyone knows Superman, who he is and where he comes from which could make watching his beginnings for what is the third time on the big screen rather boring. Instead this part of the story is sectioned into snappier parts and attached to a much deeper meaning making it a significantly more compelling watch. Other slight changes are made to what Superman fans may expect and they work, they are interesting and they give an edge to Superman which hasn’t been taken advantage of before. You do not watch a man called Clark Kent who also turns into Superman but something with more feeling.


      CGI has an absolute field day and a half throughout the surprisingly long running time especially in the battles between Superman and General Zod. They are incredibly fast, after all, so are they. Frantic flying and fists can pose a challenge to keep up with the on screen action but there’s no doubt it’s visually impressive. As is the performances of both Superman’s fathers in Russell Crowe’s Jor-El being a slick and cool presence and Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent playing each note of the new message of Superman sublimely. However I had minor problems with Cavill’s offering. A couple times Superman lets out some anguish in form of a shout and it seems that Cavill which is noticeable and takes off the shine of his show a little. By the end though, he is fully established to wear the cape.


      Debates will continue and that is actually a good thing as it may lead superhero movie lovers to distinguish and appreciate the differences and links between film and comic book. It is not an easy film to love for some but one that can still stay with you. The bottom line is that besides the nostalgic viewing of Christopher Reeve being attacked with a cellophane ‘S’, even with its issues, Man of Steel is still the best Superman film we have to date.


      PETER HARRIS ||
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