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Man of Steel (2013)
The best reboot since The Dark Knight
Before I write anything, I must mention that I was never a Superman fan. I did not hate the character, but I was indifferent to him - how could I care about someone who can't get hurt, can't die, can hardly be traumatized? The comic book Superman is basically a God, and that is not relatable in any way.
Now with this new movie, under the helm of Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan, they set out to rectify this - and did it with flying colors.
You can clearly see that it is a Snyder movie - he understands perfectly how to use CGI to create splendid action scenes; but Nolan's presence is not passable either, since you can clearly see his influence in the character and flashback scenes.
The movie starts out brilliantly - just a few company logos, and then you witness Kal-El's birth, which is very well done. The next 20 minutes or so are owned by Russell Crowe (as Jor-El) who is the closest you can get to a superhero on his own planet.
We are then introduced to General Zod (played by Michael Shannon) who establishes himself as a threat right away - a pretty hard thing to do when you witness how bad-ass Antje Traue is while playing Faora-Ul. She kicked ass left and right, and got things done.
After the Krypton part of the movie, we are then introduced to Clark Kent, wonderfully played by Henry Cavill - his performance exceeds that of Christopher Reeves in my eyes. While Reeves was a good Clark Kent, he was a passable Superman - maybe it was due to the technological limitations of that age, but we never saw the Man of Steel fight anything major (or fight at all). Well, not until now at least.
This movie is filled with bombastic action, which can get tiresome after a while but is still a joy to watch, and we finally get to see Superman kick some ass (and get his ass handed to him equally).
I cannot think of a better director who could've made this movie - the Snyder/Nolan combo was perfect for what they were trying to get across, which is a tale of a boy of two worlds, who is forced to make certain choices along his journey to discover himself.
Worth mentioning are also Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, who acted solidly despite his short screen-time, and Amy Adams who I believe was the perfect choice for Lois Lane.
And who can forget Hans Zimmer and his epic compositions, ranging from the subtle piano songs which pick at your heart-strings, to the loud and enthralling action set-pieces.
The only thing that bothered me was the 3D, which was passable but got confusing after a few action scenes or so.
All in all, I highly recommend this movie, and I must make a note: I cannot understand, no matter how hard I try, why the critics tore this movie to pieces - the only reasonable point I could see was the presence of too many action scenes; but then again, it is the first time we ever see a live-action Superman kick ass left and right, and I believe they were justified in making up for the lack of action of the previous movies.
So far it is the best action movie of 2013, which has managed to make me love Superman.