Man of Steel is one of those films I believe is better than most people think it is. It's not some masterpiece, but it's definitely a fun time and was the highlight of this DC Extended Universe until Wonder Woman hit four years later. First off, I'd like to praise the cast as a whole; there is no weak link here, and they all bring their A-game. I would of course be in remiss if I didn't specifically mention Henry Cavill's performance as Superman. I believe he has given us the definitive modern portrayal of the character in this new slate of movies, as he doesn't just try to imitate Christopher Reeve's performances from the 1970s and 80s (not a criticism of Reeve, but a compliment to Cavill). On a similar note, I also enjoyed how Man of Steel didn't merely try to recreate the Superman films that had come before. I know that some complain that there is a lack of a sense of humor and the film (and its follow-up, but that's a whole different review) can be bleak. I would argue that this takes more modern storytelling sensibilities, that serious does not automatically equal "depressingly bleak," and that not every superhero movie needs to have the comedic tones present in Marvel Studios' productions. Like I said earlier, however, this isn't a perfect movie. As the "Critics Consensus" reads, it does have moments where it enters generic blockbuster territory, especially the battle in Smallville in the middle of the film. Additionally, like many of Zack Snyder's movies, this is a long one. That in itself isn't a bad thing, but it could have a little shorter and more streamlined, as it does feel like it meanders every now and then. All-in-all, I think these criticisms are outweighed by the positives, and I can confidently say every film fan should give Man of Steel a shot (or maybe even a second chance).