Man of Steel (2013)

I went to watch Man of Steel yesterday, a show based on the famous DC comic character, Superman, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, who brought to you The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Before I start off, I must say that I was very very impressed with the movie. I wasn’t expecting much since I myself don’t know much about Superman and I generally prefer the Marvel comic universe over the DC comics one but I don’t care what anyone says about this movie now. It was amazing and anyone who doesn’t agree with the story line can just go and die.

Just kidding. But seriously. If you haven’t watched this show yet, I highly recommend it. It is the must-watch superhero movie of this year.

As usual, I warn you guys with spoilers ahead, should you read any further.

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The movie starts off emotional, with the birth of Kal-El, whom his father claims is Krypton’s first natural-born baby in centuries. With the impending doom and destruction of planet Krypton, Kal-El’s parents Jor-El and Lara decide to send their son to a faraway distant planet called Earth so he may have the freedom to choose who he want to be when he grows up. Jor-El is murdered by General Zod and the spacecraft carrying Kal-El barely escapes Krypton seconds before its explosion.

Years later, Kal-El is now a full-grown man with the name Clark Kent, given to him by his adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent. Clark spends most of his life trying to figure out who he is and the amazing things that he can do. Under the earth’s yellow sun, Clark has super strength, can fly at supersonic speed, has laser eyes and X-ray vision that enables him to see through things. Throughout his childhood, his powers have manifested slowly and often gotten him into trouble with the other children who see him as a freak. His parents help him to focus his powers and with strong morality teachings, Clark grew up into a man with a strong sense of justice.

As a side note, the mother-and-son relationship Diane Lane portrayed with the young Clark was just amazing. She brings out the motherliness in her and her deep love for her son, who was vulnerable as a child. There is a scene in the movie whereby young Clark locks himself up in a storeroom, afraid to come out and he tells his mom who is on the other side of the door, ‘The world is too big, Mom.’

Martha Kent replies, ‘Then make it smaller. Focus on my voice. Pretend it’s an island out in the ocean. Can you see it?’

And Clark finally looks up and replies, ‘I see it.’

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Present day, Clark (Henry Cavill) works different jobs under false names to prevent anyone from knowing his true identity. He finds it difficult to hold back when faced with injustice and walks away, letting out his anger in a different way. He tracks down a Kryptonian scout spaceship in the Artic and finds the preserved consciousness of his real father Jor-El there in the form of a hologram. Lois Lane (Amy Adams), a journalist at the Daily Planet follows Clark and sneaks into the spaceship. She witnesses his superhuman abilities and when she gets back to work, she writes an article about the superhuman guy that saved her. Her editor refuses to publish the article, asking her how she would think the public would react if they knew such a person existed among them.

Lois tracks Clark back all the way to Kansas and he tells her his story and why he stays hidden.

‘My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they would reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready. What do you think?’

After hearing his story, Lois agrees to drop her article and keep his abilities a secret.

Following a distress signal accidentally activated by Clark in the spaceship in the Arctic, General Zod and his officers arrive on Earth and threaten the humans to turn over Kal-El to them. Clark agrees to go with them, for the sake of humanity. Lois is taken along on the spaceship too and both of them are sent for interrogation. When Lois breaks free, she gets on an escape pod that flies her back to Earth but Clark saves her just in time before the pod combusts with extreme heat.

General Zod and his crew head back to Earth in pursue of the two and a fierce battle ensues between Clark and two of the Zod’s officers, which includes Faora, Zod’s second-in-command. The battle destroys most of the buildings around them and Clark defeats Faora, earning the trust of the US military that he is not a threat.

General Zod proceeds with his original plans and Clark goes to destroy the world engine in the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, Lois and some of the other military people fly the spacecraft that brought Clark to earth over Zod’s ship as crashing it would send them back into the Phantom Zone.

‘A good death, is its own reward.’

Clark manages to save Lois, who was thrown off the plane and escapes the blackhole. Only Zod manages to survive and in a fit of anger, he fights Clark, who destroys the Genesis Chamber, which carries the ability to resurrect the Kryptonian race in the process. Zod attempts to murder innocent civilians and without another choice, Clark kills him by twisting his neck. He yells out in grief over Zod’s dead body and Lois goes to comfort him.

Returning to his mother, Martha expresses her relief that her son is back and embraces him. Clark decides to take up a job as a journalist at the Daily Planet under the name of Clark Kent and he and Lois smile at each other.

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I thought that this show was really good. Yes, I know I said it above but I’m going to say it again. I thought that the emotional scenes and action scenes balanced out perfectly. The emotional scenes were all very touching and moving because the actors and actresses who did those scenes played the emotions out wonderfully and skillfully.

The action scenes were amazing, I thought that the camera shots were great because I never would have thought of them. The fight scenes were intense, especially the one between Clark and Zod. When one of them sent the other flying into multiple buildings, I found myself cringing in my seat.

I honestly don’t have many complaints about this movie. Henry Cavill was amazing too. I’m really glad that he was chosen to play Superman because he has this really nice look of kindness on his face and I think that’s the expression of kindness I would want Superman to have myself, if I was the Director. To me, Henry Cavill’s Superman is full of kindness and compassion. Those are the traits that I would want Superman to look like and embody.

As for the people who are complaining that Superman killed Zod, I know you guys are so bothered by it because Superman never kills his enemies but look guys, what other choice did he have? He can’t possibly put Zod in jail because Zod is just like him and he can easily break out. Moreover, Zod had no compassion at all for humans, he would want to kill them no matter what in revenge for the loss of his people. So if you were Clark, what would you have done? I bet you guys would have killed Zod too. So stop whining and complaining for the sake of it. You guys are just indignant that this show is near flawless, no?

So anyway in conclusion, I rate this show a 10/10 for its story line. 8.5/10 for the portrayal of characters by the actors and actresses. A definite must-watch ^^

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