Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written By: David S. Goyer
Rating: PG-13(US) Running Time: 2 hr 28 min.
Since I don’t collect the comics, I enjoyed the extra details about life on Krypton before its complete destruction. The film also adds more nuance to the General Zod character. In the earlier films (played by Terrence Stamp) he was just a single note. Obsessed with world domination and kneeling, and he wasn’t even that fussy about which world he would rule. In this new film, Zod is engineered from birth to be Krypton’s protector. As such, his actions have more meaning and it makes for a much more compelling story as Kal-El is forced to choose between saving Krypton or Earth. That aside, what lets the film down is the action. We’re treated to battle after battle between characters that can’t seem to hurt each other all that much. After a few of these it just gets dull. Zod punches Superman, Superman punches Zod, and everything around them gets destroyed. This is also a pretty humorless affair with very few lighter moments to breakup the serious tone to the film.
If you’re a huge fan of Superman: The Movie, this new take on the origin story isn’t going to measure up. For people who didn’t see or like (really?) the old Superman film, you’ll likely enjoy this. Also, if you’re just in the mood for a big loud visual effects movie, you won’t be bored watching this.
Best viewing format:
This is a big expensive effect laden summer blockbuster. It looks and sounds great so I’d suggest seeing on it the big screen. No need for a crowd here so a matinée showing will suffice. At home a HD showing is recommended.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
Well I guess it’s not that much of a spoiler since anyone remotely familiar with the Superman story knows Pa Kent dies. I just thought this scene was one of the best moments in the film. Pa Kent dies to help Clark/Kal-El continue to hide his extraterrestrial origins during a tornado. It’s a touching moment, nicely played by Kevin Costner, who I thought was one of the best elements in this movie.
Jon’s Two Pence:
I can’t think of any reason to recommend this noisy mangled mess of a film. I know two massive Superman fans, and they weren’t impressed either. I would say avoid but it’s difficult with the sequel and Justice league grouping in the works. Stick to the enjoyable original two.