Cast / crew
Man of Steel (2013)
Sent to Earth to escape the fate of his doomed civilisation, Kryptonian Kal-El, as Clark Kent, grows up into an urban myth, as elusive as he is heroic. When an alien craft is discovered, Clark not only learns more about his origins but brings extinction-level doom to the planet he now calls home.
This feels like a film that has had all depth edited out in favour of wall-to-wall noise and never earns the dramatic impact it is endlessly punching people through buildings for. Man of Steel does have strengths, though. Critically, Cavill is terrific, looks amazing, instantly is Clark Kent and Superman and is never overwhelmed by the shadow of Christopher Reeve. Amy Adams defies her ridiculous part to connect and convince and Hans Zimmer’s music delivers emotion and grandeur that what remains of the story and characters lack (though he does make the mistake of using extremely similar music for goodies and baddies). Snyder probably shot a much better film than this, but it feels like he’s edited away the heart, soul and any potential magic in favour of super-dudes (and dudette) super-punching each other for two-and-a-half hours.
This movie contains incessant super-violence
Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.