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Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"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."

It's been quite a long time since we last saw Superman. 7 years since Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns", the somewhat sequel to "Superman II" starring Brandon Routh as Superman. It was...okay, I guess. It wasn't a very epic return, I should say.

Fast forward to the present: Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel", a reboot of the Superman franchise starring Henry Cavill as the world's very first superhero (Google it, I dare you). This is pretty much the only chance Warner Brothers has to launch a DC Comics film universe AND a Justice League movie.

So does this film save WB's chances with DC?

This movie is very much like Superman: it does that and so much more. "Man of Steel", in my honest opinion, goes down as one of the best comic book movies in history.

Yes, it is better than "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers". Which basically says DC is about to give Marvel a run for their money if they don't sit down and do a good job with "Thor: The Dark World" (at least, that's how I see it if the next DC movie turns out to be just as good as MOS).

"Man of Steel" is about Kal-El, the last son of the dying planet Krypton. In hopes of letting their child decide his own destiny, Kal's parents send him off far across space to Earth so that he can live amongst them as one.

Prior to Kal's departure, a hard-headed Kryptonian called General Zod demands the high council to give him the highest power on the planet in order for him to claim the codex, an ancient artifact that holds the former souls and power of past Kryptonians. It is powerful enough to create an entirely new Krypton in order for them to survive, but only at the cost of wiping an entirely different planet to extinction by changing everything about it (yeah, that's a mouthful).

Without consent, Kal's father steals the codex and drains it's energy into Kal himself, making him more powerful than any other Kryptonian and making Krypton die even faster. Zod is arrested and locked away in the Phantom Zone, a prison designed to hold the most powerful beings in the universe.

Krypton only had Zod serve for a long period of time and by the time of his release, the planet no longer existed to stop him from furthering a new Krypton.

However, Zod needs the codex in order to do that, and only one thing contains all of it's power: Superman, the Man of Steel. Or Clark Kent/Kal-El, whichever you prefer (The name Superman doesn't show up very often).

The plot itself is very well-handled, but there are some noticeably weak spots that jump out every once in a while that make you question things, but nothing too big for your brain to comprehend.

Let's start to break things down.

Henry Cavill is the perfect Superman hands down. He has the look, charisma, voice, and body for the role. Cavill brings a very emotional and "human" side to Superman, a side uncertain of who he is destined to be on Earth and if he should let someone die for the greater good of himself or others. Something that we can finally relate to in this nearly invincible character and paving the way for new fans instead of always falling back on relating to Batman (who is my favorite hero, but I digress).

Michael Shannon walks the line between hero and villain as General Zod. You understand why he does these things: he was raised to protect Krypton by any means. Very much like dying for your own country, and that is where Zod and Superman come to a brief understanding. It's also refreshing not to see a villain given the Hannibal Lecter/Harry Houdini/trapped-in-a-glass-box-without-any-possible-way-to-escape schtick (ex. Joker, Loki, Silva, John Harrison, etc.), to be able to give the villain freedom in order to fully understand him.

The supporting characters are strong for the most part. The 20 minute scene on Krypton was enough time to show the importance of Russell Crowe as Jor-El as well as pre-recorded holograms left for his son later in the film.

Amy Adams is questionable as Lois Lane and there wasn't enough going on with her character for me to even show praise or criticism. Sorry folks, that's just how it is.

Kevin Costner shines as Jonathan Kent, Kal's father on Earth. While he is about as much screen time than Crowe, Costner adds so much more to some of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen in a comic book movie.

I will say "Man of Steel" has action you haven't seen since The Matrix Trilogy. It is THAT GOOD and is not afraid to hold back by any means. The sound can be quite jarring at times, but you come to the realization of where you are and what you are watching: Superman. It's going to be really destructive. I recommend not taking anyone who has sensitive hearing because the action can come across as a tad obnoxious when it doesn't let up and you have to wait half an hour so that your ears can rest. Not a huge issue, but it slightly bugged me.

Hans Zimmer, who previously teamed with Christopher Nolan (former Batman director, MOS producer) as the composer for The Dark Knight Trilogy score, returns to score "Man of Steel" and it is POWERFUL. Granted, nothing may never be more iconic than the John Williams score, but that's what I love about this: it doesn't try to be John Williams. It does it's job by setting the mood with great harmony and destruction when needed.

The effects are fantastic, and to anyone who says the CGI is way over-used: we don't live in the 70's where we constantly have to string up the actor so that it looks like he's flying. It's Superman and he is a character who needs effects that can't be triggered by a normal man. That's why he's called SUPERman.

All I can say is, Zack Snyder has impressed me again. It started with "300", then "Watchmen", and now here we are with "Man of Steel" (surprisingly without any slo-mo shots!). Snyder has outdone himself as I went into this movie not being too fond of Superman at all and walked out wanting to know so much more. That's how it's done and that's how it SHOULD be done to prove films like this deserve more recognition than they get.

"Man of Steel"

By the way: don't bother sitting through the credits. This isn't Marvel ;)

Rise of the Guardians
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Rise of the Guardians" most certainly follows a different path of storytelling when it comes to legends of these mythical icons, but ends up feeling really awkward and slightly confusing for the first half of the movie. Aside from that (and a Russian Santa Clause that never comes across as jolly or Mr. Kringle in general), the voice acting and heart put into the second half is incredible.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Im a HUGE Jim Carrey fan. And this is probably one of the best movies I've seen from him. The plot is a little strange, but Jim Carrey can seem to pull it off.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups (2010)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A good let go of the parody movies and into something a little more straight-to-the-mind comedic. Everyone seems to pull off their role well (David Spade mostly. Rob Schneider....not so much). The plot is well thought out and this movie shows you what you could do in your childhood besides staying inside all day. Well done