Movie of the week: Man of Steel

The last son of Krypton soars back into movie theaters this weekend in the highly anticipated super-hero blockbuster “Man of Steel.” During the final hours of the planet Krypton, a scientist and his wife have decided that their newborn son will leave by ship in order to escape the planet’s impending destruction. The child spanned the galaxy and finally landed on the planet Earth, where he is adopted and raised by a farmer and his wife, but his upbringing sets him apart from humans as he develops unique abilities that no other man possesses. As he enters manhood, this alien decides to use his powers to become the Earth’s greatest protector: Superman. Unfortunately, Superman wasn’t the only survivor of Krypton’s doomsday to find refuge on Earth. A power-mad Kryptonian named Zod, seeks to conquer the Earth and only Superman can stop him.

What am I expecting to see?: I’m hoping this reboot of a prolific super hero franchise can stand out from this summer’s blockbusters. Zack Snyder is a filmmaker who really embraces the idea of visual flare, but his filmography suggests that he bogs down the plot with his visuals but his interpretation of the Superman mythology seems to use new ideas that haven’t been seen on screen before, credit to Christopher Nolan for the screen story and David S. Goyer for the screenplay. The cast looks up to the challenge; Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner appear to do justice to their characters but there is always more to a movie than what you see. I’m expecting “Man of Steel” to be a worthy reboot of a proud franchise and perhaps a strong springboard for greater things to come.


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