Man of Steel has a heart of gold

© 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

© 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“Did God do this to me?” the young boy asks his father.

“You’re the answer to, ‘are we alone in the universe?’” his father says. “I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason, and even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.”

More than an action packed super-hero flick, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures “Man of Steel,”™ is a story of family, a story of self-discovery, a story of sacrifice, a story of faith, a story of hope.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill (“Immortals”) stars in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El. The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

The film is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

“Man of Steel” begins with Clark as a young man on a journey of self-discovery. As he goes from place to place and job to job, he recalls incidents from his childhood; experiencing his own extraordinary – and sometimes terrifying – powers and learning that he was not of this Earth. He journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The script is well-written, creating three-dimensional characters. It has a plethora of lines – check out the trailer – and messages that will stay with audiences long after they leave the theater.

The acting in the film is strong. Cavill – along with Cooper Timberline (9 year old Clark) and Dylan Sprayberry (13 year old Clark) – portray Clark as a complex, conflicted young man; one that audiences will find very relatable. Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and Ayelet Zurer (Lara Lor-Van) and Russell Crowe (Jor-El) portray the kinds of parents we all wish we had. Amy Adams is a Lois Lane that is feisty and fearless journalist yet sensitive and compassionate. Laurence Fishburne is fantastic as Perry White. Michael Shannon and Antje Traue’s portray General Zod and Faora-Ul as complex – and almost sympathetic – characters and not just evil villains.

Fans of the comic book should not fear that “Man of Steel” is a wimpy, coming-of-age film. The special effects are stellar; with lots of scenes with Clark/Kal-El rescuing people from peril or fighting General Zod and Faora-Ul. The fight scenes tend to be long – very l-o-n-g; but as one fellow reviewer pointed out, these will appeal to die-hard Superman fans. These scenes of intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action, and destruction have little or no blood; however they – along with a handful of course language – earned the film a PG-13 rating.

Combining the classic Superman cannon with strong acting, film-making and themes, “Man of Steel” has a heart of gold.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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