A comic-book film I didn’t dislike, that’s a big W for Snyder!

MAN OF STEEL [2013]

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Written by: David S. Goyer [story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan]

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and does not seem to be from Earth. When he becomes a young man he strives to discover where he is from and what he was sent here to do by drifting around the United States. One day the only survivors of his home planet, exiled military criminals, arrive on earth to capture him and enact a deadly plan. The hero in him has to emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

I am not a Superman fanboy or comic book fanatic so I watched this film without the masses of baggage that this type of film-goer arrives with.

Bearing this in mind I enjoyed this escapist film from start to finish. Henry Cavill is an engaging Superman and Clark Kent, in particularly the early scenes where he is ‘learning’ to handle his super-powers are enjoyable, if not just for the smile on Cavill’s face.

Amy Adams is always good value for money and Kevin Costner plays a part he could do in his sleep, a good honest working farmer from the mid-west, Ray Kinsella anyone?

If you want to drive a battleship through the plot holes and glaring anomalies you can. Loads of things in the film do not make any sense but why get so wound up about it? The story is about Superman so the immediate premise makes no sense.

My only gripe is there were few ‘saving people’ scenes and a lot of mass-destruction scenes in which billions of dollars of damage would have been done and hundreds of millions of people got killed. Yet Superman was very upset when he had to kill Zod.

I like Zack Snyder as a director but he needed to pare back the whizz-bang explosions and he needs to recalibrate his ‘logic-detector’ which has been on working intermittently since 2004’s Dawn of the Dead.

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