A SYMBOL OF HOPE

manofsteelMAN OF STEEL (2013)
5 out of 5 stars

This Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder stars Henry Cavill in the title role and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. There’s a strong focus on his origins from Krypton and a lot on his pain while growing up.

I caught this blockbuster two weeks after  its release and it was probably the most rewarding 143 minutes. I’ve always wondered why superhero movies pass by in a flash even if they are more than 2 hours long. Well, first thing you notice is Henry Cavill’s incredible physique! That magnificent chest! That oil rig scene sent many a ladies running for cold water! Woots!

There’s plenty of flashbacks into Clark Kent’s childhood and many of them involve his human father, Jonathan Kent, played by Kevin Costner. Some scenes are heartbreaking to watch. Personally, I prefer Smallville’s Jonathan Kent (played by John Schneider). I feel the movie version puts a lot of pressure on Clark concealing his identity and probably why he left home to “find himself”. There are little bits of trivia to pick up all over the movie – like the Smallville Sears store that got crashed into and the Lexcorp trucks.

It’s scary to find so many Kryptonians on Earth because how can Superman win? Everyone has superhuman strength! Each time they throw a few punches, destruction of vehicles and buildings occur. The ending can be controversial to some (I mean, HOW can Superman do that? But that is the only way out!)… and it is not without consequences. Look at that painful, agonizing scream Superman makes. Even with the bluest eyes, dear Clark Kent carries a lot on that broad shoulders of his.

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