TV tip: This superhero epic offers pure action bombast – and is better than all Marvel films of recent years – cinema news

Today, Tuesday, Zack Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” is one of the most controversially discussed superhero films. For FILMSTARTS editor Pascal, the brute comic action is better than all the Marvel films of recent years.

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Zack Snyder is used to receiving a fair amount of scolding from the trade press. also on “Man Of Steel” which airs today, July 19 at 8:15 p.m. on Kabel 1, the spirits separate. For me, however, the superhero film adaptation of 2013 is an elemental blockbuster experience that even sets itself apart from all Marvel films of recent years thanks to its artistic vision.

That’s what “Man of Steel” is about

Before I explain to you why I find “Man of Steel” so strong, first the synopsis:

Kal-El (Henry Cavill) has abilities beyond human imagination. That’s why he feels so alone and lost on Earth, where his name is Clark Kent. Years ago, his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sent him to humans from Krypton, a highly developed planet. Now Clark is constantly confronted with the question: Why am I here? Shaped by his foster parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan (Kevin Costner), Clark soon realizes that having superpowers comes with responsibilities.

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With that comes the need to make difficult decisions. Clark’s adoptive father firmly believes that humanity is not ready to learn who his son really is and what super abilities he possesses. But when the world is finally attacked by the evil General Zod (Michael Shannon), also from Krypton, it needs its “Superman” more than ever – whether Clark is ready for it or not.

A visually stunning epic

Already with the first trailer it became clear that Zack Snyder does not want to blow the classic superhero horn with “Man Of Steel”, but follows his very own aesthetic. While the trailer still had some of the detached naturalism of a Terence Malick and was accompanied by Howard Shore’s “Lord of the Rings” play “The Bridge of Khazad Dum”, the finished film works precisely through this artistic difference.

The so-called “dark and gritty” look may have worn out by now, but since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy no other director has managed to embrace this style as impressively as Zack Snyder. In connection with the weighty themes of responsibility, self-discovery and determination, “Man Of Steel” acquires an almost holy seriousness that makes it clear that the fall is much greater than most Marvel films.

While Man Of Steel takes plenty of time to show Clark Kent’s loneliness, building on the obligatory superhero theme that with great power comes great responsibility, it is scenic impact, with which Zack Snyder mercilessly challenges his viewers. The gigantic vehemence that the fight between Superman and Zod entails can be quite tiring. The creative destructiveness, however, is groundbreaking.

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They are trembling, bubbling visual worlds that Zack Snyder creates in order to unleash his superhuman elemental forces in the finale. It is interesting that “Man Of Steel” never ignores the ambivalences of its characters and sees the pure action bombast as a refugee parable, even in the effect thunderstorm, which violently forces two lost souls to find their place in the universe.

However, “Man Of Steel” does not only stand out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of its unrestrained audio-visuality. Zack Snyder also allows his characters to wrestle with their identities to the point that their choices expose irritating friction. At the end of Man Of Steel, a new hero may be born, but he will never become the clean-cut savior that mankind has come to expect of him. This is also proven by the excellent “Batman v Superman” and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” afterwards.

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This is a re-release of an article previously published on FILMSTARTS.

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