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Movie review: “Man of Steel”

I love superheroes. But I hold a special place in my heart for Superman.

I grew up watching Saturday cartoons with this guy’s face on the screen. I’ve watched the original Superman movies (the first and second, but the others we don’t talk about) at least four times, and I still believe to this day and always will that Christopher Reeve really was Superman.

With that said, I’m very happy to say that although “Man of Steel” is not just a different Superman movie but a different Superman altogether, the fundamentals of what makes this guy so enduring remain intact, and that’s what makes the movie so special.

Let’s be honest. We all know Superman’s original story – doomed planet, last son of Krypton – it’s all familiar ground, right? But what director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen,” “Sucker Punch”) has managed to do is put a few new wrinkles in the Superman mythos. This time around we jump to Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill, “The Tudors”) trying to find his place in the world. He wants to be just a normal guy, but as Martha (Diane Lane, “Under the Tuscan Sun”) and Jonathan (Kevin Costner, “The Bodyguard”) Kent say, “Once people know what you can do, it’ll change everything.” That doesn’t stop him from discreetly using his powers to help people. Stories of these heroics catch the attention of Lois Lane (Amy Adams, “The Fighter”), who tracks Superman and publishes a story of his heroics, which in turn, along with something I won’t spoil, brings Gen. Zod (Michael Shannon, “Boardwalk Empire”) and company to Earth. I could go over more plot and by doing so ruin the nuances of the film, but I won’t do that.

“Man of Steel” is a story we all know that has been revitalized for our time. That doesn’t mean Clark Kent now wears skinny jeans and skateboards or wears a Bluetooth while flying around as Superman (could you imagine?). Instead, we get a realistic depiction of what the world would do if someone who was faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound really existed. So if the last Superman movie made you want to punch the person who gave you the tickets (maybe it was just me), give “Man of Steel” a shot. It truly soars above expectations.

Max Fisher is a senior at Leonardo DaVinci High School.