Review for the movie, “Man of Steel”

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Man of Steel

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Movie Review By Karen Barton

            “It’s a bird!”

            “It’s a plane!”

            “It’s yet another manly block-buster I had to sit through this summer!”

            “Where are the romantic comedies?” 

            Am I right, ladies? 

Man of Steel is a PG-13 action/adventure film about the life of Superman (aka Kal-El; aka Clark Kent.) Kal-El was born on the planet Krypton, the son of Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. The planet of Krypton is facing ruin and to save their son, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, send him to Earth. His ship crashes into the small town of Smallville in Middle America. He is then discovered and adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent. (I had to look all this stuff up, people.) From here, I’ll assume you know the story.  Even I know the overall  ‘gist’ of Superman.

I really had no interest in seeing this movie. However, I couldn’t say “No thanks!” to my husband on his birthday. Stupid birthday powers. Anyway. Let me say that I always end up enjoying the Avenger/Transformer/X-Men type movies. I really do. Now my husband has it in writing. But there was something about Man of Steel that caused me to have really low expectations. I don’t really know why … just did. That being said, it was better than I thought it would be. 

The cast was star packed: Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), and Henry Kavill (Superman). I enjoyed the flashback times where they showed Clark and his father, Jonathan, having their life lesson/heart to heart moments.

All through the movie, there are times it’s difficult not to connect Superman and Jesus. Of course, it is not a perfect allegory, but if you consider Superman’s humble origins and sacrifice to save those he loves similar to the original superhero Jesus, it is there.

Man of Steel was on the ‘darker’ side.  The movie got a little confusing and long for me in the end, but  I’m sure your husband will LOVE it. 

{callout]The Bottom Line: Man of Steel was not one of my favorite ‘manly’ movies, but it wasn’t as bad I thought it would be.[/callout]