Written By Jesus Figueroa of Thisfunktional.com & IWatchMike.com
The incredibly emotional dark tale of Superman changes the way audiences view the “Man of Steel.” The film felt like it dragged as every detail of Supeman/Clark Kent, played by Hernry Cavill, was explained. The action scenes were awesome, the rescues were intense but the charismatic-colorful Superman of the past. Starting off on Krypton with Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe, and Lara Lor-Van, played by Ayelet Zurer, fighting to save their only son Kal-El, the first natural birth of Krypton in centuries, as the planet is set to implode.
To make things worse General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, Commander Faora-Ul, played by Antje Traue, and their followers are looking to over throw the government and save Krypton in their own way. General Zod and his followers are stopped and imprisoned in the phantom zone for their crimes. Krypton collapses and there is nothing left of Krypton but rubble.
Kal-El gets sent to Earth on a spaceship and adopted by Martha Kent, played by Diane Lane, and Jonathan Kent, played by Kevin Costner.
From this point the film jumps back an forth showing how the Kent’s tried to raise Clark, Kal-El, as a normal boy who has to learn to control his powers and hide them from the world. The first rescue scene shows an older Clark rescuing a crew off an exploding oil rig. This scene is incredible and breathtaking. This scene is a highlight in the earth sequences.
Clark discovers his origin from a crashed spaceship invaded in ice somewhere in Canada. He gains his suit which bares the Superman “S” symbol which is his family crest, also representing hope. Along for the ride in Canada are the US military and Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. Lois discovers more than what she set out to. General Zod and his followers are no longer prisoners are there is no one to hold them captive. They figure out a way to find Kal-El and come hunting for him.
The man of steel has the look as Cavill is physically able to portray a strong hero, but he lacks the ability to portray an all-American country boy. His voice over everything took away from the feel of superman. He sounded like he forced his voice to be deeper. It just didn’t quite work.
The attitude needed by Adams to play a fantastic Lois did not come through enough. The attitude was lacking of the quick witted sneaky reporter. But on the bright side she was cute as Lois.
Crowe as Jor-El was valiant and smart. He portrayed a father figure worthy of fathering a superman. The quick thinking powerful Jor-El seems to always be one step ahead of his opponents and doesn’t seem to struggle much at all, maybe due to the brilliant mind he possesses.
As villains go Shannon cannot be matched as General Zod. His presence is magnificent and, although evil, self-righteous as well. Shannon is unrelenting and persistent and embodies the resilient nature that a warrior like Zod would be.
The ending bothered me as its not a typical Superman ending. It comes after so much struggle and grand fights between the group if superhuman warriors and Superman, who has the military against him and with him.
I give this film a 3 out of 5 Popcorns. The action was intense, the rescues were incredible and Zod was just mind-blowing. The story went too dark to be fitting of a Superman film. The charisma of Superman did not come through well. The best acting came from secondary characters like Jor-El, Lara Lor-Van, Commander Faora, and General Zod. For Superman fans it may be too much of a change in the character of superman.