Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Man of Steel – Heart of Gold.
Remember the original Superman movies that had the late Christopher Reeve being sexy as well as super? Then you might like this better than the previous one with Brandon Routh in the starring role. In Man of Steel, Henry Cavill dons the outfit and cape (but not the tight trunks) to become a superhero for today’s generation to marvel at.
Some might remember Cavill from English drama The Tudors as Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk, but it is interesting to see that he has studied Reeve for the role, and also makes his character a stronger role than previously expected. It is easy to be daunted when a new actor comes along and plays a character everyone is familiar with, whether they have seen the other Reeve movies or been a fan of the comic books. Many people form a bond with the actor who plays the character and also form preferences, so prepare to be impressed. Once he is on the screen, he plays Superman like he was made for the role.
He acts out the characters two parts, Clark Kent and Kal el, though in this version Clark doesn’t start off working at the Daily Planet, or meet Lois Lane there either. Instead, Lois tracks him down after discovering he isn’t a normal man, but an alien who crash landed on Earth as a baby and grew up adopted by the Kent family who felt it only fair to let him believe he was human rather than telling him about the alien craft he came in which is now hidden away in the family barn like Dorian Gray’s painting.
While Clark grew up feeling the pain of being different to his classmates, coming to terms with the onset of alien puberty (this is where he discovers his powers) he tries to rise above the ridicule and grow into a tall, buff man who goes from place to place like David Banner, not wanting anyone to find out he has alien powers. Clark isn’t that forward thinking though as General Zod has followed him after his dubious descent into the phantom zone, after vowing to find Kal El to Clark’s original father Jor El’s face. Zod is vague about what he intends to do to Kal once he finds him, but judging from the look of his evil face, he doesn’t want him to be his best friend.
There is a warmth and instant chemistry between Clark and Lois. Clark shows he is more human than alien, and at times goes from mildly annoyed with others to seriously annoyed and able to destroy with a single look. He cares about the humans he lives among even if they do have their own flaws and a serious aversion to aliens. Lois, unlike in the original already knows that Clark and Superman are one and the same so there is not room for a reveal.
Most who have seen it have also mentioned that there’s no red trunks, no changing in fone booths and no juicy reveal, so why should we watch it? I watched it for the full cinema experience of seeing a man who looks like he has worked-out for months to get his uber fit body in shape so he can act like a believable hero. Cavill takes on the role like he was born to play Superman, and like the recent adaptation of Total Recall it is a completely different movie, so it is impossible to compare it with the previous ones.
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