Man of Steel – Review
When Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, Inception), the man responsible for reviving the hugely successful Batman franchise, teams up with director Zack Synder (300, Watchmen), you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are about to see a high octane action film with a special effects team who will not be satisfied unless they have obliterated all man made surroundings. Sprinkle in a foreboding original music score from Hans Zimmer (Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Gladiator) and a movie money printing press whirls into life; no doubt bolstered by the myriad of corporate product placements.
Superman’s father, Jor-El, (Russell Crowe) – who was thankfully not singing in this film – and his wife, Lara Lor-Van Aylet Zurer) have secretly given birth to a bouncing baby boy, on the resource starved dying planet of Krypton. Seeing that the end of their planet is nigh Jor-El defies General Zod (Michael Shannon – The Iceman, Boardwalk Empire) and sends the baby with the Krypton codex (a skull that miraculously holds the entire DNA of the inhabitants of Krypton) to planet earth. Through flashbacks we see Clarke Kent growing up in the farming community of Kansas, with his adoptive parents played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. When General Zod arrives on earth it is inevitable that battle will commence.
British star Henry Cavill (I Capture The Castle, the Tudors, the Immortals) makes a convincing all American hero, complete with slick dark hair, ivory white teeth and a body and jaw line that Leonardo himself could have carved.
There are no scenes of Superman running into the phone box; or ripping open his shirt – this is a rebooted film after all. In the background at one stage we see a sign emblazoned with LexCorp, perhaps a teaser for the next instalment? Eagled eyed viewers will also see a Wayne enterprises logo elsewhere – is this an inside joke or the catalyst for rumours (you heard it here first!) that the caped crusader will join forces with the man of steel in a few years’ time?
Phil says: 7.17/10