Superman
Man of Steel
Review by Ross Anthony

How would the collective "we" respond to an invincible world guardian helping little old ladies cross the street while crushing alien invasions in the sky? Is the human race ready for a superman? A fascinating question, but a bit too large for me to answer here (feel free to write in with your own thoughts), so I'll narrow the question, envision an island and swim to it (so to speak). Are filmgoers ready for another Superman Movie? Now that's a simpler question - Yes. And is the new film and new Superman (Henry Cavill) worth viewing? Had I not seen the film, I wouldn't be so sure. But, as I've recently screened the picture, I'll again answer - Yes.

It's not unusual for stories in this genre to open in outer space. I've often seen these "other world" intros rushed, weak, and seemingly tacked on to the real story. This is not the case with MAN OF STEEL. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe anchors scenes shot on Krypton. Additionally, the art design of the landscape, androids and space vehicles sport a rich organic look that will capture audiences' attention and wonder.

Edited for a strong crisp pace, even at nearly two and half hours, the film flies, its red cape ruffling in the wind. Detailed explanation is kept to a minimum, but fist fights are developed beyond need. And therein lies the biggest fault of the film. Once we've seen one super being smash another one through a series of skyscrapers - do we really don't need to see it again? Sure, it's cool once or twice, but truly, the film sports such a strong story, likeable characters, powerful direction and pace, that the expanded hand-to-hand adds little except the feeling that "this is a violent film."

That said, Cavill makes for a super Superman. His younger incarnations are also well cast. MAN OF STEEL is a quality, solid production that tells the origin story in an exciting compelling way. At its worst, too much time is spent brawling. At its best, the theme reminds us that we all have the power to make choices that change the world for better or for worse.

Cavill/Kal-El (coinkidink? You tell me.)

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --


  • Man of Steel. Copyright © 2013.
  • Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue. Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)


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