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"Man of Steel" is Kal-El Returns - CinemaDave

Jun. 21st, 2013 09:34 pm "Man of Steel" is Kal-El Returns

At the recent **Fatality Fest** convention, actress Debbie Rochon and I discussed the cinematography of **The Blair Witch Project.** On the big screen, Debbie found the film nauseating, but enjoyed the narrative on the television screen.

Perhaps the opposite will be true when **Man of Steel.** leaves the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theater, On the smaller screen, the spectacle will be diminished because of the plot holes and weak character development.

The film opens on the doomed planet Krypton. Despite his best efforts, scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is unable to prevent the end of the world, so he sends his only begotten son, Kal-El, to the cornfields of Kansas on the planet Earth. The boy is raised by John (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent and adopts the name Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). A stranger is a strange land, Clark Kent is raised with moral values and he learns to fight for truth, justice and the American way.

Surviving the destruction of Krypton is General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his army of mercenaries. Zod has a grudge against Jor-El and his family. When he learns that the son of his arch enemy is living on Earth, Zod destroys the planet in pursuit of revenge.

**Man of Steel** is not a linear story. The film is full of flashbacks that are not in chronological order. The slower episodes featuring Clark and his step parents are the most emotional poignant. We see a special needs student who is bullied. We all know that Clark Kent could easily demolish his tormentors, but John Kent teaches his son restraint and discipline. These values presents **Man of Steel's** finest moments.

The film sags with an over reliance of special effects and attention deficit disorder editing. Moments of cliffhanging thrills are lost. The fight scenes lack fluid motion and visual sense.

With a $116 million dollar record breaking gross, **Man of Steel** is THE motion picture of the moment. The reviews and word of mouth about this **Superman** reboot has been split between either love or hate. Younger audiences are proclaiming **Man of Steel** as the best **Superman** ever, while the older crowd misses the innocence and heart of the movies and television series.

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