Bringing another great hero story from DC Comics to life, Man of Steel flew into Mequon’s Marcus North Shore Cinema on June 14th.
It raked in a massive $116.6 million, making it the highest weekend gross for the month of June.
Besides The Dark Knight Trilogy and the 2011 Green Lantern film, Superman is only the third DC comic to get a movie reboot, and it did an amazing job at re-introducing the character to a new generation of viewers. It did so in a new way for Superman; it was dark, more dramatic, and had a much more intense ambience.
In this sense, Man of Steel was very similar to the prominent Dark Knight Trilogy, also produced by Christopher Nolan. I personally have a deep appreciation and admiration for Nolan’s work and I am hoping that he will have a hand in all the DC Comic films yet to come.
Starting out as an origin film, Man of Steel really focuses on Cal El’s (aka Superman’s) childhood, revealing how and why he came to Earth from Krypton, his home planet. For me, the beginning of the film was so powerful and inspiring. We witness the struggle Cal goes through, growing up as Clark Kent trying to fit in as a human when he is obviously not of this world. He wants to be normal, wants to fit in, yet he needs to accept who he is and what he was sent to Earth to do.
As Superman is just beginning to understand his world and his place in it, one of his greatest enemies starts to tear it all down around him. General Zod, another Kryptonian almost as powerful as Superman, arrives to retrieve something he believes was taken from him when Cal left Krypton. General Zod desires to make a new Krypton out of Earth and in the process, destroy all humans. Superman has a choice to make — between the world he knows and the world he comes from. The hero in him must emerge if he is to save this world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Henry Cavill, an upcoming actor and soon to be big star, does an incredible job playing the humble but courageous Superman. A little known actor as of yet, this role is sure to take Cavill’s career to a new level.
The adept Russell Crowe plays the wise Jor-El, Superman’s father, and Michael Shannon is the sadistic, evil General Zod. The beautiful Amy Adams as the iconic love of Superman, Lois Lane, makes for some very emotional scenes between the two in the midst of all the action.
Zack Snyder, the film’s director, was clearly trying hard to not do the regular, cliché Superman story. Still, the film had some original Superman characteristics to it, adding to its success. Snyder brought Superman down a notch, and really made him seem human and more vulnerable than other films’ depictions of the hero.
Some critics have problems with some of the transitional scenes between the exhilarating action and spectacle that it provides. And although I do understand their commentary, I will say this: Man of Steel blew the most recent reboot, the 2006 Superman Returns, out of the water! Hands down, Man of Steel is the best Superman film yet. It’s inspirational, dramatic and intense. It really sets the bar high for future Superman films.
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