Man of Steel is an ambitious revision of the Superman mythos, but as per usual for money-shot junkie Zack Snyder, style overwhelms substance in this bombastic, uneven genre piece that promises more than it delivers. It's a story of two halves; that all important second act is missing -- it crawls and then runs, and the sporadic dips into greatness in the first hour are undone by David Goyer's dense script.
The film's visual effects are, on the other hand, original and inspired, leaving just enough to the imagination unlike the typical mind-numbing standards -- again a testament to Snyder's body of work. Equally impressive is the action, which makes for, undoubtedly, the most entertaining Superman flick to date. At face value, this is a successful entry to the DC film catalog, but those looking for something beyond conventional excessiveness is in blockbuster filmmaking, a standard often met by producer Christopher Nolan, it falls quite short.