Posted on 7/11/13 05:35 PM
The Good: The special effects are phenomenal. The fight scenes capture the feel of the Superman: animated series with Superman putting baddies through buildings. Henry Cavill does a solid job with what he is given to work with. From an acting standpoint, Russell Crowe is the best thing about the movie. The movie also presents some interesting twists on the mythology of Superman (or as they refer to him in this movie, Kal-El).
The Bad- The plot, despite all it's tweaks to the known story is at an elementry school level. That may work for some action movies, but for Superman, with 70 years of history I expect a lot more. Here is the plot: General Zod wants to build Krypton on earth. Superman must stop him. There are no sub-plots, good dialogue, character development, and most importantly, no real emotion in this film. Superman is extremely stoic. In the far superior Christopher Reeve films (1,2), you can see Superman take joy in getting a cat out of a tree or saving a kid from plunging to his death at the Niagra falls. He throws a light-hearted quip 'Sorry, only one ride per customer' and flies off. That element was sorely lacking in this film. I guess this is the 'Nolan-ized' version of Superman. Unfortunately, brooding is not an adjective that should ever apply to Superman. So it misses by a mile in terms of characterization.
The Deal: This movie is a bootleg view at best. For a movie with virtually no story, this thing drags for nearly two-and-a-half hours. The best comparsion I can make for this film is that of Star Wars: Episode II, great special effects, but you could care less what happens to any of the characters. Chris Nolan should take a break, between the overthought and convoluted 'Dark Knight Rises' and now this. It looks as if he is suffering from a case of burnout. Any chance they can reboot Superman a third time? They ain't building a franchise based on this movie. It's only marginally better than the loathed 'Superman Returns'