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If you have seen the Superman films and read the comics, you will hear about this film and think to yourself - another Superman movie?! My moms are big fans of Superman so I was positive I knew what to expect. Well, I was in for a huge surprise. This movie is not at all like other movies about famous superheroes. It starts by showing where Superman is born on another planet and what happens to his home. It touches your heart to see what sacrifice his real parents go through in order to save his life. The movie shows Superman's life from a little kid to a grown man; how he has to adjust to Earth's atmosphere and learn to control his powers. Other kids think he is weird and pick on him, but his earth parents teach him to be patient and not to attract too much attention so he can grow up and fulfill his destiny. You probably would like to know what his destiny is, but you have to watch the movie to find out. The events, the storyline and amazing effects will blow your mind, especially if you get chance to see it in 3D. I like this film for number of reasons. The graphics and storyline are very engaging. I also think they couldn't have done a better job with the cast. The funny and courageous reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), proud warrior and real father of our famous superhero Jor-El (Russell Crowe), Clark's earth father (Kevin Costner) and a new face on the Hollywood horizon, Henry Cavill, who plays Superman. My favorite scene is when Clark surrenders to FBI so he can save the Earth and while he is there, FBI agents observe him through a one-way mirror window. Superman has super powers so he can see through the glass. He starts making funny comments and shocks the FBI agents with his skills. But best of all is the reaction of the agents on the other side of the glass. You can see that they struggle to believe that this is real and they are also amazed and fascinated by Superman. I recommend this great movie to ages 10 and up. It has elements of violence and a bit of harsh language. The graphic depiction may be too intense for a younger audience. I love the film and would definitely enjoy watching it again, though it does get a little predictable in the last 15-20 minutes. This film was released on June 14, 2013. Review by Gerry O, age 11.
Man of Steel is a movie most parents would feel comfortable taking their teen to. The film can be enjoyed for its action and effects, as well as the story of Superman coming into his identity as a moral hero. This characterization raises it above typical "superhero" movies. Crude profanity suitable, for the most part, to the speakers is present, as is violence typical to combat and battles. Viewers could leave this movie discussing their own role as a hero.
Man of Steel is a story about more than just good guys and bad guys, like most superhero films. In fact, it's very different from Superman stories of the past. Yes, Superman is still trying to save Earth, but "Man of Steel" also tells the story behind the hero. This addition of a more personal storyline adds a more human touch to the superhero we have come to know and love through the years. "Man of Steel" is rated PG-13 for intense and violent scenes.
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