Man of Steel Review

I’m not going to write a conventional review of Man of Steel. I don’t know how. It’s been hours since I saw the preview and I am lost for words. I spent hours last night, sleepless and in search of inspiration to review this film. Truth is I’m going through a tough time in my personal life and it pretty much gives you writers’ block…..but like all forms of inspiration, it suddenly hits you.

This is probably The Blockbuster of the year….and here’s why.


The Plot

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind

The Verdict

This is the Superman film we’ve all been waiting for. The action, the intensity and the emotion all wrapped up into one huge summer blockbuster. I’ve always loved comic book movies and since my experience with The Dark Knight, I’ve been in search of superhero movies with depth. Man of Steel is one such movie, with so much emotion put in along the way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not some sappy love story, it’s a story or maybe a journey of a man and if you look deep down inside, that man could be you.

The movie grapples a lot with Clark Kent struggling to understand where he comes from and the reason he was sent to earth. At times I saw myself just like him as a young man in search of understanding myself, in fact as I write this I’m going through a period of questioning myself as well. Why am I the way I am? Why after so many unanswered prayers do I as a human being still seek the answers to so much in life? I should probably just go with my gut instead. Gosh this is getting a little too deep for a movie review….

Anyway my point is, this movie captures the right emotions well! Sure it’s stupid to have a guy in a red cape flying around saving the world, oh please just because you got rid of the underwear doesn’t mean it’s still not stupid. But what if he was struggling inside? Wouldn’t that internal struggle make him more human than so many of us?


Henry Cavill plays the lead role of Clark Kent / Kal-El very well. It’s nothing too over the top or pretentious, you’d believe that he is a man / alien with his own struggles. Russell Crowe as Jor-El has a pretty big role in this film, so much so it would make you sit and wish he was your father (funny how father’s day is just around the corner)

I think one actor from this film who might not get enough mention or credit has to be Kevin Costner, the scene where he dies was probably the moment in my “movie watching” history where I couldn’t hold back my tears. Trust me….I’m totally a “bite my lip, thou shall not cry” man when I watch movies. Hahaha I brought my dad to watch this film, he’s seen all the Superman films and there I was tearing away beside him.

I don’t need to convince you where the action is concerned, you’ve seen the trailers so you can tell it’s non-stop. What I do want to point out is that this is a superhero movie with heart. I’m really happy that Superman is back and on top! I grew up watching this iconic character but forgot about him with all the flashy superhero team ups on the big screen which have happened in recent years. It’s nice to believe a man can fly….again.

Man of Steel

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

There’s a line from the movie which stuck out to me “Sometimes you have take a leap of faith, the trust comes later”…..perhaps a lesson for us all to learn.

By Elliott Danker

Man of Steel opens in cinemas 13 June 2013

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Singapore

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