Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Girl's Eye View: Man of Steel

Allow me to quickly introduce myself: My name is Kara, and I live over at www.karaschatter.com . I have no experience in the movie industry, other than watching and appreciating them. I thought I would offer up my movie reviewing skills, or lack thereof, to The Basement to give readers a female perspective on movies, new, old, good, and bad. 

The husband and I took an offer of free childcare by the way of grandparents to head to the theater and watch Man of Steel, the newest edition to the seemingly endless versions of Superman movies.

I will admit that while I had heard about the movie and saw trailers for it, comic book movies aren’t usually my #1 choice, but as my husband pointed out, it’s the type of movie you have to watch in theaters because it’s all about the special effects. So, I agreed that Man of Steel was the movie we would take in, and was definitely not disappointed.

Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman is played by the ridiculously good-looking Henry Cavill and his main-squeeze Lois Lane is played by the adorable Amy Adams. Sprinkled throughout the movie are highly recognizable names and faces that doesn’t necessarily give the film more credibility, but it definitely made it more enjoyable, in my opinion. Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, and of course, Russell Crowe, were all there, to name a few.

Man of Steel flashes back and forth between Clark Kent’s childhood and his struggles to come to terms with his uniqueness and his adult life of trying to keep his inability to avoid doing a good deed from having him found out as some kind of freak of nature. Of course, while all of this is going on the bad guy, General Zod (Michael Shannon), is plotting to take over earth and slaughter the human race, in typical alien fashion. 

And then there’s the effects. In today’s films, if it’s an action movie, your special effects better be spot-on and believable, and they certainly were in Man of Steel. There were enough fight scenes, explosions and intense moments to satisfy this movie goer, and they were believable, in terms of sci-fi/comic book/action movies.

With a handsome cast and great storyline, you really can’t go wrong with Man of Steel if you’re looking for action. Is this the best Superman movie I’ve seen? Most likely, considering I couldn’t even recall the plot of the last one (Superman Returns in 2006). Overall, I give it a Good!
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