Film & TV: Man of Steel (2013)

Amidst the mass hysteria general euphoria that inevitably follows the birth of a royal baby, conscious that I’m only adding to it just by typing *royal baby* -twice- in a phrase (do a google search and see how many hits you get: yesterday it was 2bn, today over 3bn and counting), here I am, writing about a different baby – a Super baby!

Setting aside my growing scepticism (result of watching the trailers and reading reviews about references to christianity and the like), I went to the cinema with an open mind. Think Athens in June on a Sunday afternoon; a promising evening with friends; a cool jazzy garden and a couple of drinks… how much more persuasion would a girl need?

MAN OF STEEL (2013) – Zack Snyder

man of steel1IMDb Plot Summary: 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.

My Plot Summary: Superman saves the world… or does he?!?

Recommended: ♥♥♥
To Superman aficionados and action & special effects fans. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were very convincing as The Man and Miss Lane; Michael Shannon was a worthy General Zod; even Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner, to both of whom I’m usually allergic, gave decent performances as Superman’s dads. Standing ovation for Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and fingers crossed her character appears again cause this film would not have been the same without her! On the downside, I’m a bit confused: how does demolishing 90% of Metropolis and counting loss of life by hundreds of thousands, translate into ‘saving the world’? Here’s to hoping we find out in the next round!

Summing up, three hearts because:

♥ of the extended introduction of the mythic Planet Krypton. I wouldn’t mind if the whole film was about Planet Krypton, the grand but dying planet where babies are born in trees. Underwater.
♥ we finally have the answer to the life long question: what kind of a selective vision prevents Lois Lane from recognizing the man of her life when he changes from grey suit and spectacles, to fancy costume and vice versa?
♥ it gave me the excuse to put together this collection of gorgeous vintage art:

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