SideReel Review: Man of Steel - Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, & Michael Shannon - by Yael Tygiel

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as the title character (Clark/ Kal/ Superman). Still stinging from Brandon Routh's version in 2006, my expectations for this new Superman franchise were extremely low. Thankfully David S. Goyer (author of the screenplay) wanted the squash any doubts immediately by introducing the audience to a shirtless Cavill -- Goyer effectively destroyed any skepticism I may have once had.

Although the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious - especially the words that come out of Christopher Meloni's mouth - Man of Steel is a superhero movie at the core. You can always expect stunning visuals from Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, SuckerPunch) and Man of Steel is no different.

The first chunk of the film educates the audience on the mythology of Superman - the death of his family, the destruction of his home planet, and the introduction of General Zod. Once baby Kal is sent to Earth, we are presented with snippets from his life as Clark Kent. Young Clark is raised by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, who teach him the value of pretending to be mediocre so as not to intimidate those who are average. Enter Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, the spunky reporter who cares more about uncovering the truth than her own well being.

Just as he meets his biological father and discovers his true purpose, Lois decides to protect Clark's secret identity. The rest of the movie is fight sequence after fight sequence: first Superman fights Zod's people, then a Gravity Field machine, then Zod himself. We lose a few good men along the way, but in the end we are given the Superman that we know and love.

Catch Henry Cavill in Man of Steel in theaters June 14th!

--Yael Tygiel


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