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|MAN OF STEEL (director: Zack Snyder; screenwriters: David S. Goyer/based on a story by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan/ characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; cinematographer: Amir Mokri; editor: David Brenner; music: Hans Zimmer; cast: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Kal-El), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick), Richard Schiff (Dr. Emil Hamilton), Christopher Meloni (Col. Nathan Hardy), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Ayelet Zurer (Lara Lor-Van), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Cooper Timberline (Clark Kent at 9), Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent at 13); Runtime: 143; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Charles Roven/Mr. Nolan/Emma Thomas/Deborah Snyder; Warner Brothers Pictures; 2013)|
joyless pic never won my heart."
by Dennis Schwartz
Snyder ("300"/"Watchmen") directs in a
blah manner this overlong and humorless Superman. The
joyless pic never won my heart. The new Superman is
the Brit actor Henry Cavill, who looks good in a cape
but is a bit too bland in the acting department. The "Superman"
franchise is given another reboot by the authors David Goyer
and Christopher Nolan, the same dynamic duo who gave
us all that Batman angst in The Dark Knight. The
writers fill this superhero tale with an expanded back
story and whenever possible reach for far-out action
It opens on the alien planet of Krypton, and
since the planet is doomed, Kal-El's (Henry Cavill) scientist father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe), parent
of the only child born there in ages, decides to send him by
rocket to live on Earth. There the infant's adopted
by the kindly Kansas farmer parents (Kevin Costner & Diane Lane) and named Clark Kent,
and they hide from everybody that their son is an
alien and possesses super powers. Meanwhile Krypton
is destroyed and General
vows to track down Kal-El and make him restore
Krypton or he will destroy the Earth. That means the
Daily Planet ace Pulitzer Prize-winning
investigative reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams),
the alien's love interest, will die along with the
When General Zod touches
down on Earth in a giant spacecraft, it's up to
Kal-El, now aged 33, to show he cares more about the
Earth than Krypton. At the half-way mark our
superhero dons his cape costume for the first time
and in the third act he battles against the baddie
Zod and his minions trying to steal back the codex,
which holds the key to dominating the universe, a
gizmo dad gave his son to hang onto while on Earth.
The climax battle scene works overtime with
computer-generated special effects, and we're
reminded that if Superman loses the Earth is a goner
and on the sensitive side we learn that even if
Superman is an alien he still craves freedom
on Earth--something he never would have had in
If you want more of this
same kind of Superman brand, the same creators of
this pic are signed on for a future installment.
REVIEWED ON 6/15/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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