WOW...I don't even know where to begin...I guess I'll start out by saying FUCK THE CRITICS. That was 1 of the greatest super hero movies I've ever witnessed! Right up there with Dark Knight, without question! And WAY better than Avengers, by a long shot. In fact, the RT ratings between the two should be swapped.
Music = EPIC Cast = GREAT! Top knotch acting, especially from Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe and Henry Cavill. Faora was great also. Amy Adams was cute, but she could have done better (and the only thing I will agree with the critics is that they should have developed her relationship with Superman more, but that will come in the sequel for sure)
The amount of emotion I felt throughout this movie was much more than I expected, I love the way they weaved in the flashbacks of Clark's past as the story went along, bringing in each one at the right time. I got choked up a lot, especially between Clark and his father Jonathan Kent.
The action and visuals were AMAZING, way better than Avengers and any other super hero movie I've seen. I really liked the Sci Fi feel it had too, Krypton looked awesome and so did the costumes. I think General Zod being the first villain worked out great, it fit what they wanted to do perfectly. The collateral damage may have been a tad much but it was still friggen awesome, especially when Superman first attacks Zod when he saw his mother being threatened. Oh and the FLYING! Jesus christ, made Iron Man 's flying look cute but no where near as cool as flying the way Superman does.
Henry Cavill is just a natural at this role, he has the innate modesty and kindness you can see in his character, not arrogant or too serious at all. All the struggles he was going through were justified, nothing overly dark about it. It was authentic and raw, and I was able to relate to him.
Critics must have seen a different movie or they just have their heads up their asses, because that was a great movie...
Pros: Music, Cast, Directing, Screenplay (had minor flaws but better than I expected), Acting, Emotion, Visuals
Cons: Only con I found was Louis and Clark needed to develop their connection more, it kind of felt forced, but I'm sure in the next 1 they will have a more interesting dynamic. Everything was happening so fast with the invasion and Kal-El was already preoccupied with so much that he didn't have time. Some of the scenes went by a little quick too but the pacing was great and Clark's scenes with his parents and step parents were really touching.
This met my expectations and then some 9/10
Finally a Superman I can get behind!! Bring on the next 1! and JL of course! :D