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Does a highly respectable and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology



In fact, without really giving anything away, the last 45 minutes of “Man of Steel’’ seem like a deliberate, and quite successful attempt to top the sheer destruction wreaked on Manhattan in the climax of “Marvel’s The Avengers’’ (called, of course, Metropolis here). ( Download Man of Steel Movie ) The special effects are better, too. “Man of Steel’’ wipes the slate clean and begins again with a new version of the origin story, taking advantage of 35 years of advances in special effects and the bigger pool of Oscar winners and nominees available for superhero movies. Beginning with the birth of Kal-El (finally ending all speculation about whether Superman is circumcised), the film pits Russell Crowe (in very good form) as his dad, Jor-El, Krypton’s foremost scientist, against the evil General Zod (a splendid Michael Shannon), who ends up getting expelled





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