Friday, November 1, 2013

FCSyndicate's Morning-After Review: MAN OF STEEL (2013)

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

When news about Man Of Steel initially came out, I am fairly positive some men and women had their doubts. People are constantly weary of remakes and reboots. And I am not innocent of that sentiment, due to the fact I, too, worry about how a distinct home is handled in its adaptation. So when Superman Returns was released in 2006, there had been some mixed reactions and it certainly didn't get a sequel. Personally, I enjoyed it given that it felt it paid tribute somewhat to the classic films starring the late-Christopher Reeve.

And even though some of these movies had been popular at the time, I think about it was a bit tricky to aid bring back the franchise in a continuation of that story, particularly because the character and his etymology have been explored a number of occasions prior to in film, as nicely as tv. Properly, speak about pulling a rabbit out of a hat on this one particular.

Henry Cavill is our main actor in this installation from Snyder who has seen his share of hits and misses given that 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch. Even though I picture there are several men and women who could have played the function, Cavill defintely had the look and did the job quite properly. He is joined by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who play Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark's adopted parents who raise him from childhood and aid him adapt to Earth's natural atmosphere as opposed to Krypton's.

Evidently, simply because of his alien physiology, Clark is granted superhuman skills that Jonathan fears mankind is not ready to witness.

The film goes back and forth at instances reflecting from Clark's past to present day events as he learns who he is and sets out to discover his roots. As the story peels back the layers, we meet the Daily Planet's Perry White by way of Lawrence Fishburne, Lois Lane in the form of Amy Adams, whose portrayal gets way greater therapy than a mere damsel in distress whenever undesirable issues happen and all of a sudden Superman requirements to save her. Yes, Lois does place herself in harm's way and gets rescued, but it is not set up so much exactly where its annoyingly forced down our throats. These moments feel much more true now in Snyder's hands.

We also see Krypton in the film, with a significantly bigger view of what the planet could in fact looks like. We see the atmosphere, the architecture and some of the vast array of organic and artificial technologies they have acquired in their existence until the planet's final moments, which is exactly the film starts where we very first meet Clark's organic parents, Jor-El and Lara, played by Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer. Michael Shannon gives his personal updated take on Common Zod, originally played by Terence Stamp in the second Superman film in 1980. He is joined by Antje Traue who plays Zod's second-in-command, Faora-Ul, who aids lead Zod's uprising against the Kryptonian councilmembers in their personal failed attempt to save their planet from extinction.

Our human hero counterparts are actors Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni who play an Army General and Colonel major the defense against the extinuating circumstances surrounding Clark's presence on Earth, and the threat it possesses now that Zod and his angry Kryptonian posse are in town in search of a special genetic codex situated in the space pod Clark arrived in as a newborn when he crashlanded in Kansas. As it turns out, activation of the codex to restore Krypton could come at a terrible price that Zod is willing to spend, but not if Clark has anything to say about it.

As story/screenwriter David S. Goyer evolves, the Superman story right here continues to journey into the most important components of the story, illustrating and telling audiences only what we want to see to get the greatest of out of a reboot as much as achievable. At instances I felt it lagged and I felt stuck in Smallville, but it wasn't a massive point, and in the end the story continued. Snyder's turn at the helm doesn't dance around the Superman mythos by trying to tell the same story right here. In reality, the film is essentially equivalent in structure, in addition to taking parts of other Superman movies that add get to the absolute meat and potato-references of the comic book and film franchises transitioned to the massive screen adventure noticed here.

We see a version Superman who is not merely quickly used to his powers, but evolving with them testing his limits and getting used to them, even following he puts on the excellent old blues and reds. And when he flies with explosive authority and energy that lets viewers really feel like Superman is in flight, and not just a guy gliding in midair with a green screen in the backdrop-it is comparable to what we with Neo in The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, only ante'd up.

Much more importantly, we also see Superman brawl with Zod in some of the sickest battles to ever hit Metropolis in a Superman film. Punches and kicks are thrown, men and women get hurt, vulnerabilities are exposed, moments of discomfort and surprise come about with our characters, and by the third act, shit blows up, buildings are decimated into ruins, and Superman does what he requirements to in order to kick that Kryptonian ass and lastly save the day...or what is left of it.

Man Of Steel was a very compelling, perilous, great and refreshing encounter for me when I went to see it on Friday. It is not the Superman of yesteryear. No, no...Zack Snyder's Superman totally undoes every little thing we have known in the previous century about the character from Krypton, and the story surrounding him. The film is a solid reboot that pays tribute to the property designed almost 75 years ago at DC comics, and gets much to the heart of the matter that it required to in order to tell the story. And at the finish, you are not left feeling unsatisfied. Not in the least bit.
Although some men and women may possibly have their opinions about superhero motion pictures these days (I know I do), I am glad the film market is taking these concepts to a entire new level of artistic vision. If anything, Man Of Steel is likely the film we would have observed if Richard Donner had the identical vision and technology back in the 1970s.

Zack Snyder's tale of the Kryptonian who would grow to be the superhuman symbol of hope is, in summation, the ideal set up for the sequel that is already in play, and the Justice League film we all have been waiting to see for so extended.

The bottom line: Man Of Steel is a should see. Specifically if you are an action fan and comic book junkie who loves a great film. I'm proud to have seen it myself...and on opening evening, which is a rarity for me.

Certainly check out Man Of Steel, in theaters now.
FCSyndicate's Morning-After Review: MAN OF STEEL (2013)
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