MOVIE REVIEW: Man of Steel

Wil Avitt
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Usually, I'm able to size up how good or bad a movie was going to be pretty quickly. Set photos, casting decisions, trailers, they all serve to give you a pretty good indication. With Man of Steel, however, I've run the emotional gauntlet to get to this point where I am able to share with you my thoughts on the finished product. I went from curious to hopeless to excited. At one point I was convinced that the once ill-fated Tim Burton version of Superman was finally (and depressingly) coming to fruition in this film. It's certainly been a wild ride to get to this point, but here we are.

Man of Steel tells the story of Superman's origin, which everyone should already know, so I won't really go into any sort of synopsis. Pretty much, baby comes to Earth from another planet, grows up with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, becomes superhero, fights rogue beings from his home planet. It isn't really the story that made Man of Steel quite possibly the best Superman movie ever made, it was the way the story was told. Zack Snyder reached down in the bottom of his gut and managed to summon all of the talent and movie making magic needed to pull off something that, after Superman Returns, was starting to look impossiblem. He made Superman relevent to a 21st Century audience.

Henry Cavill did a tremendous turn as Superman. Michael Shannon's General Zod actually manages to make Terrance Stamp look more like Snidely Whiplash than an actual, credible menace. Amy Adams made Lois Lane likeable, something that Kate Bosworth's Lois definitely wasn't. In fact, I spent most of Superman Returns asking myself, "How could Superman ever love you?" Also, Man of Steel does a great job of blending a lot of the best bits from various versions of Superman lore and mixes them into its own unique vision. There is some Richard Donner, some John Byrne and even a bit of New 52, most notably in Superman's trunkless uniform. Zack Snyder actually managed to make every right move with this movie.

The best part of the movie, though, at least for me, were the fight scenes between Superman and the rogue Kryptonians. Gone are the days of them simply throwing each other into trucks and signs. By the end of the movie Metropolis is half decimated. You truly get a sense of what it would be like for 2 Superman-like beings to slug it out in the middle of a populated area. The fights are powerful. And Superman gets his ass kicked. All-in-all, Man of Steel was everything I had hoped it would be, and nothing I feared it might be. If you haven't seen it yet, then get up off your well-fed behinds (to quote another Superman flick) and get moving already! Man of Steel does not disappoint.

Will Conservatives Like This Movie?

Of course. It's Superman. Conservatives love America and Superman IS America. He even points out to an Army General that he grew up in Kansas and is American as you can get.