For those of you who are not sure what to expect, Man of Steel is an origin story. Throw away any previous ideas that you have about the man in tights, because we are starting from square one. While yet another origin story of Superman could have felt horribly redundant, Man of Steel manages to feel fresh by focusing heavily on Kal-El's Kryptonian heritage. If words like those confuse you, it might be a good idea to brush up on some basic Superman terminology before seeing Man of Steel. In short, Clark Kent, otherwise known as Kal-El, otherwise known as Superman, will have to save the human race that he loves from his own kind.
But no matter how science fictiony or gorgeously bombastic Man of Steel becomes, it remains grounded by a solid cast hitting just the right notes. Both Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner are wonderful as Superman's alien and earthly fathers, respectively. While Amy Adams brings an edge to Lois Lane that has been missing in past Superman iterations. But Henry Cavill leads the way as the Man of Steel himself, effectively capturing both the tormented human and heroically alien sides of our hero. When Man of Steel falls out of stride, and it certainly does at times, the actors are there to reel it back in and keep us on the edge of our seats.
I could go on for so much longer as to why I loved this movie but I won't. To me, it was everything a Superman movie should be. Deftly bringing together the two very different worlds of Krypton and Earth, giving us a villain to hate and a hero to love, and blowing us away with some of the most amazing action sequences brought to the big screen. Let's just say, Superman is truly super once more.
My Rating: B