A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not from Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Man of Steel is a retelling of the 1978 and 1980 Superman movies. It is a retelling of the story of how Superman as an alien baby came to earth and has to deal with his power, people’s prejudices and eventually his rise to become earth’s protector.
The movie starts with how Clark Kent originated; a good third of the movie is devoted to this. He came from the planet Krypton and was sent by his parents in order to save him from the disintegrating planet. The parents also sent with him the “codex” where the future of every people of Krypton is pre-determined before they are born.
The previous Superman movies dealt with how Superman helped people with their mundane predicaments; damsel in distress, stopping a run-away train or bus etc. In Man of Steel, Superman saved the earth from the evil intentions of General Zod.
General Zod and his minions were saved from the imploding planet of Krypton when they were vanished from the planet for staging a coup. They were able to track Superman in Earth and they intended to colonized Earth and start a new Krypton. To do this they tried to change the atmosphere of Earth which will kill humanity. Clark Kent’s role in this movie is to save Earth from the.
Compared to the former Superman movies, Man of Steel is technically more advanced in terms of production design. However, the story is not very well told and most of the main characters are not fully developed. There is too much violence in the movie and most were not necessary or could have been shorter specially the fight between Superman and General Zod towards the end of the movie. The fight is so violent and way too long; the fight went on and on with the background music.
The movie is alright for a weekend outing but not something to remember. It is very bleak and grey and some parts of the movie rushed and sloppy.
It stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Russell Crowe as Jar-El, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Directed by Zack Snyder