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By Greg Goodsell

6/11/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Latest interpretation of comic book legend takes somber approach, downplays humor

British actor Henry Cavill ditches the red trunks - but otherwise delivers a strong performance as the iconic "Man of Steel" in the latest big screen interpretation of comic book hero Superman. Opening wide, "Man of Steel" is high on spectacle, surprisingly low on humor and his interaction with fearless female reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) lacks spark - but has garnered rave reviews anyway.

British actor Henry Cavill ditches the red trunks - but otherwise delivers a strong performance as the iconic 'Man of Steel' in the latest big screen interpretation of comic book hero Superman.

British actor Henry Cavill ditches the red trunks - but otherwise delivers a strong performance as the iconic "Man of Steel" in the latest big screen interpretation of comic book hero Superman.

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/11/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Manof Steel, Superman, movies, Clark Kent, franchise, critics


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Man of Steel" retells the classic origins of the red, yellow and blue-clad flying superhero. Jettisoned from his rapidly deteriorating planet of Krypton, Kal-El - later known as Clark Kent at work and Superman everywhere else, is adopted by humble farm parents. Father (Kevin Costner) instills in the young Superboy ethics and humility, while a computer simulation of his birth father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) gives him advice on how to do battle with super villain General Zod (Michael Shannon). Who comes to Earth to stake out a claim for the survivors of Krypton. Lots of explosions and CGI ensue.

Written by the "Dark Knight" team of Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer , "Man of Steel" is one of the year's mostly highly-anticipated films. The movie currently has an 83 percent "fresh" rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, putting it behind only "Star Trek Into Darkness" as one of the year's top 10 films so far at the box office.

"Apart from anything else, with Superman returning to a cinematic landscape that now also has that other god-alien Thor, not to mention Iron Man, Hulk - hell, all the Avengers - it wasn't a daft move to avoid any winks to his inherent absurdity," Empire film critic Dan Jolin writes.

"And while Man of Steel won't outdo 'The Avengers' in terms of dialogue-snappiness and sheer laughs, it certainly tops it when it comes to spectacle. [The film] aches for more depth and warmth and humor, but this is spectacular sci-fi - huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise."

This reviewer, catching "Man of Steel" at a special screening can vouch that the film is rock 'em, sock 'em entertainment, sure to rock movie theaters nationwide this summer.

The previous Superman film, "Superman Returns" in 2006, starred Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel and Kevin Spacey as his arch nemesis Lex Luthor. Like the Christopher Reeves films of the 1970s and 1980s, "Superman Returns" relied on a knowing, sophisticated sense of humor to carry things along. As stated above, "Man of Steel" takes itself very, very seriously - but initial reviews suggest yet another box office winner is in the wings.

 

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