Fresh take on an old hero

Fresh take on an old hero


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DC Comics hero Superman has received yet another reboot. In Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, he is a human with super powers, searching for his soul and purpose.

Life on Krypton - the birthplace of Kal-El (Henry Cavill), or Superman, as he becomes - has become insupportable. Kal's biological father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends his son to Earth, just before he himself is murdered.

On Earth, Kal-El is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, and renamed Clark. But the young Superman struggles to make friends, knowing something about him is different.

When he grows up, Clark embarks on a journey to uncover his true identity. Meanwhile, exiled rebel leader General Zod (Michael Shannon), who killed Clark's Kryptonian father, has decided to invade Earth and use Clark as a bargaining chip - hand him over, or suffer the consequences. Clark must decide where his loyalties lie: with humans or Kryptonians.

Snyder makes his version of the hero stand out by playing the sentimentality card, showing heart-wrenching flashbacks of Clark's unpleasant coming-of-age memories. Natural light and eye-catching scenes of rural America, also make this more than just another Hollywood blockbuster.

Man of Steel is emotional in a good way, fresh, and makes Superman worth revisiting.

YP Rating: 4/5

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