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June 19, 2013

REVIEW: ‘Man of Steel’ leaps expectations in a single bound



 Zod and his crew, imbued with powers like Superman, are more than a physical match for him, and for the U.S. military, the leaders of which don’t know which, if any of these aliens (Superman included) can be trusted.
For the most part, “Man of Steel” is grand entertainment, pure spectacle with some surprising tugs at the heartstrings.
Cavill is perfectly cast to play the lead role — he’s sinewy, and lantern-jawed, and he has a good mix of believable decency and the stoicism of someone wanting to fit in but not sure how. 
Some of the movie’s most touching moments are between the young Clark and his Earth father, Jonathan Kent, who fears what a suspicious world will think of his adoptive son.
Even years after Krypton is destroyed, Clark’s, aka Kal-El’s biological father, Jor-El (or at least a holographic interpretation of Jor-El) is present to offer guidance and advice.
Zod (Michael Shannon) and his battle commander Faora-Ul (played with beautiful menace by Antje Traue) are appropriately threatening, with director Snyder capturing the terrifying speed at which the Kryptonians move when fighting.
“Man of Steel” is painted in a much darker tone than the Superman films which preceded it — going so far as to be described by some reviewers as “humorless”. 
I wouldn’t go so far as to say the movie is devoid of any humor, but this IS a grittier, much more reality-grounded version of Superman, and it works, presenting a character with 75 years of history (in the comics, on television, and in other movies) in a sometimes familiar, but largely new, and different way.
While “Man of Steel” is hardly a perfect film — there are brief moments of physics-bending and some of the battle scenes, although mesmerizing and intense, do seem to go on longer than necessary — it is extremely, extremely good, with amazing effects, over-the-top action, perfect casting throughout, a rousing soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, and more. 
Snyder’s “Man of Steel” may not soar for everyone, it definitely flies high and in my opinion, it’s pretty darned super, man.
“Man of Steel” is rated PG-13 for mild profanity, extreme action and violence, and gratuitous heat vision. “Man of Steel” is currently showing in at the Claremore Cinema 8 12 in 3D and 2D. For a complete listing of movies now playing and their showtimes, contact CC8 at (918) 342-2422.

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