Man Of Steel


Superman returns in an audacious reboot of the iconic superhero. Directed by 300 director, Zack Snyder and produced by Chris Nolan of The Dark Knight fame, the film stars Henry Cavill as the man of steel. Filled with massive action sequences and a grim take on the legendary superhero, this is one film that fair to say, you would not really want to give a skip.


Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Kevin Costner
Diane Lane


Zack Snyder


14th June, 2013


143 minutes


Superhero films were forever changed by Nolan’s Batman trilogy. No longer was it acceptable for them to be stories of good cheer and humour with a decent measure of gravity defying action. They had to be darker movies, portraying the grimness of our actual world and more.


However, Zack Snyder is no Chris Nolan. So his attempt at a rebooted superhero amidst a dark and bleak world falls some way short of being a truly memorable film. We start off from the planet Krypton which is just about to explode into nothingness. The rebellious General Zod has been exiled to the off planet Phantom Zone, ensuring he does not perish.


Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is a scientist who decides that the time for krypton to end is here and his son is expedited to our planet. His son is Kal-El or as we shall know him, Man Of Steel. Played by Henry Cavill, we meet him over 30 years later. Clark Kent wanders around the countryside working dirty jobs while searching for answers. His powers have both helped him and hindered him in a childhood that is conjured up via flashbacks. Growing up with his adoptive parents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), he has learned how to not let his obvious gifts come to the fore.


He finds his origins through an old spaceship that projects a hologram of his dead father. A female reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) finds him and uncovers his secret. He pleads with her to not make it public. All this turns to be inconsequential when General Zod (Michael Shannon) turns up with his grand plan for the human race, demanding Kal-El or threatening to kill other humans. The rest of the film pans out exactly as you’d expect it to.


The performances are even and the acting good throughout. Henry Cavill does a good job and there seems to be little doubt of his capability. Michael Shannon is impressive as the despotic General Zod. A special word would not be amiss for the veterans Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner whose mere screen presence is enough to make me happy. There are few certain things in Hollywood, but one of them is the omnipresent class of the musical scores given by the legendary Hans Zimmer.


There are moments of spectacle littered throughout amidst the fluid action sequences and to-perfect-to-be-true destruction scenes. The problem however lies in Zack Snyder’s take on things. While 300 was no doubt an excellent movie, it seems that would be the limit of his talents. There is no doubt that he is an excellent director but too often his films seem attempts to pander to audiences.


Truly great auteurs are driven by visions to make great movies and not just the next big summer blockbuster. And this is where Snyder falls short. The film will be a blockbuster, kids and adults alike will appreciate the reducing of entire cities and massive buildings to computer generated rubble. But there will be no lasting legacy.


Even as I write this, I know that the film will gross a lot of money. And as we all know, good earnings and average reviews are all studio execs need to green light a sequel. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lex Luthor would step up to be a series defining villain but as long as Snyder’s brand of soulless adrenaline and forced attempts to get the audience to emote remain in vogue, I’m not gonna be waiting with bated breath.





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