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Man Of Steel, 2013

  • Thami
    Thami
    Super Critic

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    Signed up the 30/03/2017

    On 04/05/2017 at 15:04 Quote this message

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    “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

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    After making live action adaptations of comic book cult films like 300 & Watchmen Zack Snyder sought to kick start the DC shared cinematic universe with a newly imagined origin story for the archetype of all comic book superheroes Superman.

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    Man of Steel begins with Kryptonian scientist Jor-El (Russel Crowe) trying desperately to save his planet from the imminent implosion of their planet due to an unstable core. However after Kryptons General Zod (Michael Shannon) attempts to seize power by staging a cou de tat Jor-El sees that Kryptons last hope lies in the survival of his newly born son Kal-El. After stealing the genetic Codex and imbuing it within Kal's DNA Jor-El and Lara Lor Van, his mother, jettison their son in a spaceship bound for Earth where they hope he will be safe & create a better world than their fallen Krypton.

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    Kal's ship lands on earth where he's found by the Kent family who adopt him & rename him Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). Clark/Kal spends most of his childhood struggling to find out his true origins & master his exceptional abilities before finally leaving home as an adult to travel the world in search for answers. After learning about truth of where he comes from at the Fortress Of Solitude (a remnant scout ship of Kryptonian origin) a new threat appears in the form of a General Zod & his fellow radicalized Kryptonians forces seeking the Codex in order recreate Krypton by terraforming Earth at the expense of the Human race. Clark/Kal makes the choice to use his power to protect the people of Earth from extinction & embrace his destiny as the ultimate symbol of justice.

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    I absolutely loved Man Of Steel because of the way Snyder reinterpreted Superman's character for a modern audiences & a modern era. I felt like previous iterations of Superman were banal & one dimensional but Snyder's version has depth in character & possesses human flaws. This Superman despite all his fantastic abilities does have everything figured out he has a raw vulnerability that makes him more human & relatable. I like that this Superman is still young & finding his feet which really makes me appreciate Snyder's intention to develop this character's arc naturally in future DC films until he does become the iconic Superman we all know & love.

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    Zack Snyder's signature stunning visuals only serve to add to the mythos and epic scale of this film. Few superhero films manage to get a great balance of a compelling storyline with awesome action sequences proving why Mr Snyder is the best comic book film director in the game right now. The musical score was handled by legendary composer Hans Zimmer who's music manages to capture the emotional moment with masterful precision (As he always does I mean it's Hans Zimmer the paragon of film scoring) an example of this is in the uplifting scene where Superman dons his suit & takes flight for the first time.

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    Man Of Steel is a brilliantly executed remake & an underrated masterpiece that honestly doesn't get the credit it deserves .

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  • LeratoEnchanted
    LeratoEnchanted
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    Signed up the 28/03/2017

    On 04/05/2017 at 16:37 Quote this message

    I absolutely adore this review because it is exactly how I felt about the film. Henry Cavill's Supes is the best Superman we've seen, and I think this will not change for many, many years. This isn't just another superhero film, no, Man of Steel a true moment in the genre and film as a whole. And the powerhouses that came together for it have done much justice than I'd have ever imagined. Kudos to the writers, as well as Znyder and thee legendary Hans Zimmer on this masterpiece!

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