Man of Steel
2013
In another revival of the Superman legend, reporter Clark Kent must keep his alien origins and fantastic powers hidden from the world at large. But when the Kryptonian General Zod plans to destroy Earth, the Man of Steel springs into heroic action.

Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

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Matthew Preston: “It ruled.”

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Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this. It streamlined the too-often-told origin of Superman into an efficient series of flashbacks, it showed off some stunning designs for Krypton, and it had two great strengths in a rallying score by Hans Zimmer and a very intense performance by Michael Shannon as the villain General Zod. (How refreshing not to see Lex Luthor yet again as the standard villain! Take note, X-Men film producers.)

I was enthusiastically prepared to declare this the film of the summer, and then the life somehow drained out of it. The final act is a dizzying maelstrom of CGI action that doesn't feel real, and also feels totally wrong for the character, something he would seek to avoid instead of escalating. It's the sort of grim spectacle devoid of moral consequence that Zack Snyder is known for, but at least it's pretty.

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Erik Bates: “It ruled.”

I know, I know. The Superman story has been told and re-told and re-re-told countless times over the years. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this retelling more than any others I've seen. Whereas the story line is similar, technology has helped bring new life to it. Gone are the days of trapping Zod and his cohort into a flying mirror, only to break free and kick some astronauts in the crotch on the moon. Entire new realistic worlds can be created to bring new life to Superman's origin.

Downsides:
1. A bit on the long side. I feel like they could have wrapped everything up just a bit sooner.
2. I don't know how much the people of Earth are going to think of Superman as a god after he just killed half the population of Metropolis. There's collateral damage, and then there's this
3. Maybe I missed it, but I really needed this:

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