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Film review: Man of Steel

by Benazir Anwar

Age certification: 12A

Written by: David S. Goyer

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: ****

After months of anticipation following the film’s secretive but exhilarating teaser trailer, DC’s most iconic superhero returns to our screens bigger and better than ever before in Man of Steel.

With the ever famous planet Kyrpton facing destruction due to a lack of resources and unstable core, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife, Lara send their newborn son to Earth, along with the codex, the key to preserving the Kryptonian race. Meanwhile, General Zod (Michael Shannon) is determined to preserve the planet’s race in his own destructive way and sets himself a mission to find the young child.

Years into the future, Clark Kent is now living in Smallville, Kansas. Bought up by Jonathon and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), he struggles to deal with his superhuman side and constantly questions his identity. Henry Cavill takes the role of Superman in his stride and acts the part of an outsider with warmth and confidence. When the film takes a turn and the villains arrive, he tactfully becomes a strong and charming character.

At this point, Michael Shannon’s performance as General Zod is terrific, a perfect resurrection of a disturbed and menacing character. Director Zack Snyder’s trademark over the top action is put into play and the audience are given a visual feast. Admittedly there is a lot of action, however it is all relevant to the plot and the CGI is spectacular – destructive and damaging in an enjoyable way.

Ultimately, the film is incredibly satisfying. The cast all play to their strengths, including Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The lack of romance between Clark and Lois is significantly downplayed, as is the sense of humour seen in recent blockbusters such as Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3. However, there is still plenty of action and drama to keep the film going and make for a very enjoyable cinema going experience.

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