Steen: Man of Steel packs a punch

Move reviewer Susan Steen says the new Superman flick, Man of Steel, has a lot going for it, not the least of which is its leading man.

So, I thought to myself, do we really need another Superman movie?

Well, if you like science fiction, if you like more action and destruction than you’ve seen in a long time, if you like Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Amy Adams, and, if you like two hours of watching hunky Henry Cavill, then yes, we do need another Superman movie.

We all know the story.The planet Krypton is self-destructing and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) wants to save the race by sending his son to a far distant planet in the hope he survives.

So Kal-El (Henry Cavill, the first non-American to play Superman) shows up on a small town farm and is raised by the Kents (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner).

Amy Adams, as curious reporter Lois Lane, seeks the story that changes everything, despite the reluctance of her publisher (Lawrence Fishburn). Adams has previous Superman connections as she played Jodi Melville in Superman televison series Smallville.

Well, about that time, the evil General Zod (Michael Shannon) turns up and the destruction begins. We aren’t in Smallville anymore.

This is the first Superman film that doesn’t feature Jimmy Olsen. Itwas filmed in Chicago and Plato, Illinois, under the code name August Frost. But it was a badly kept secret as the Chicago Tribune wrote a full article about the filming long before the movie was completed.

The release of the film this month marks the 75th anniversary of Superman, who first appeared in comics. Canadian Joe Shuster and American Jerry Siegel created the character of Superman in 1933.

Man of Steel is produced and directed by Zack Snyder, whose credits include The Dark Knight and Watchmen.But unlike those fiilms, his one is not nearly as dark. And it has a message of hope.

Go see this movie and pay to see it in 3D, this it’s worth it. Man Of Steel offers the most excitement you’ll get at a movie theatre this summer.

Rating: Five reels

(It was four but the fifth is for Henry Cavill because even as Clark Kent, he’s sexy.)

Susan Steen is a Kelowna movie buff.


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