HOLLYWOOD—The 2006 reboot of the Superman franchise “Superman Returns” was a terrible movie. Not only did it not have any action in it, it was a complete misfire on the story front. When news arrived of another reboot to the franchise, many were skeptical including myself, but with Zack Synder helming as director and Christopher Nolan as producer “Man of Steel” is a well-balanced chapter in the Kryptonian superhero.
Spectators heading into the multiplex should be well aware that “Man of Steel” has a more serious tone compared to previous pictures in the franchise. It’s quite dramatic to say the least, as we learn a bit more about the social isolation that Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) encounters. Cavill does a superb job bringing the emotional side of Clark
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Director Zack Synder presents this Superman tale in all of its epic glory, capturing epic action sequences with grander as well as the softer moments to impact the emotions on the viewer. The spectator gets a wide arrange of emotions in the picture, one of the notable ones being isolation, as we see it from the title character’s point of view. On the writing front, screenwriter, David S. Goyer does a fairly decent job presenting a different tale on the highly praised superhero.
The problem with “Man of Steel” is its failure to decide distinctly the overall tone of the picture. There are some comedic moments and than there are the serious moments. It attempts in its own way to tackle what Nolan did with “The Dark Knight,” but doesn’t quite get there. If a picture plans to go dark, it has to fully go dark without teetering. So many superhero pics have attempted to emulate “The Dark Knight” and that’s problematic. That’s a picture that knew clearly the direction it was planning to go without deviating or apologizing for doing it. No movie and I mean no movie; can strike that same type of magic twice. Why? Superman and Batman are two different characters in different worlds with limitations.
“Man of Steel” is indeed one of the best Superman pictures in the franchise. Is the flick perfect, no, but it does reenergize a franchise that so many had lost HOPE in.
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