Man of Steel (2013)
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill (“Immortals,” TV’s “The Tudors”) in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).
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.
In the latest re-boot of the Superman movies, we open with a grown Clark who is still searching for clues to his past. As we are brought along, we witness flashbacks of his youth and see how difficult it was for him to control his powers because his earthly father believed that the world was not ready for him yet. When he learns who he is, he must decide how to reveal his true identity. Finally he is forced to show his real nature when General Zod comes to earth looking for the keys to reviving the Kryptonian race.
This version is not your parent’s Superman. It is much darker and considerably more violent. In fact, the last half hour of the film felt like you were watching a kid play a combat video game that seemed as if it would never end. It is important to mention that there are some good life lessons such as taking the first step in faith, believing in one’s self and that everyone has the potential to be a force for good. We also see Clark asking a minister for guidance and earlier, asking his father if God did this to him (make him different)? But, these positive elements are not enough to overcome the language and excessive violence even though there is little blood. Unfortunately, we are not able to award a Dove Seal to this film.