It took me the better of two weeks to actually review this film. I watched it on its second night out, but something kept me from my keyboard. Now, with a clear head, I’m ready to review this phenomenon of a film.
Let’s start with the positives.
Henry Cavill does more justice to the Superman suit then anyone ever has. That is not to say that Christover Reeve or Dean Caine were not good, but Henry is GOOD. He’s worked hard for the part and it shows, the suit designed for him is darker, sexier and dynamic. He fits perfectly in the costume both physically and emotionally. Basically he was made for this role.
Amy Adams was surprisingly good as Lois Lane. Admittedly I didn’t like the choice when I watched the trailer, but after watching the movie I wish we got to see her more. She reminded me of Teri Hatcher’s incredible performance on the long running series ‘Lois and Clark’.
Michael Shannon, well, Michael, where have you been hiding. He was such a murderous villain managing to piss you off and sympathise with him at the same time.
So performance wise the casting was great. I mean Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe. Really? I would never have imagined them as superhero material, but they proved me wrong.
Directorial-wise, this was as visual as Watchmen was, a film I absolutely adore. It’s grittier, darker…and epic. The shots are wonderful. They manage to stay with you long after you’ve left the building. So kudos to Zack Snyder.
Another fact I loved was that there was no Krypton to stop Clark. Nope! Nada. His Kryptonite is his home planet. And you will understand if you watch the film. He is Super on Earth, but on Krypton he would bleed like all the rest of us and that’s his weakness. Besides his mom.
Also, gladly no Lex Luthor in here, although he will be making an appearance I presume. There was a mention to his name, but that was all and frankly I couldn’t stand more Lex at this point, after 9 years of Smallville, 4 years o Lois and Clark and practically every other movie being about Luthor’s evil plans. I mean how much is enough? It was a definite good breather.
Now let’s come to the negatives.
The 3D version did nothing for me. Which is not to say a negative, but it’s not anything flattering either. That’s that.
The opening sequence was looooong. I mean seriously? Half an hour to tell me they’ve packed Kal-El into a ship and shipped him off? Really? Not to say I wasn’t mesmerised by the imagination and work they’ve put on the planet, which I think is the most anyone else has done for Krypton, but I really didn’t need all that. Partly because it was a completely different world that I was never going to see again anyway. It was a different movie. I mean, creatures, and technology and structures that I know are not going to be there some seconds later, so why bother? Second, it became rather boring since we knew what was going to happen. I just think they wanted to give Russell Crowe more screen time.
But also it’s partly because of the horrible script. Oh yes, you heard right. I know everyone is praising the film, but it ain’t for it’s storyline. The opening like I’ve said was irrelevant. The rest of the film manages to make sense because of its director and the visual team behind him, not because of its ‘incredible’ writing team. The storyline feels dodgy. It feels wrong. It’s not going the right direction. Which leads to the worst half hour of the film. The ending half hour is a constant action scene with no lower tension in between, nor any lines exchanged. I mean maybe I am not a hardcore action film fan, but I love my action. Just not that much action. And also not that much destruction. Basically, half of Metropolis was destroyed, Smallville was practically singed off the map and lives were lost, but the family in the car is okay. How ridiculous. I mean I’ve seen superhero films before where whole buildings came down, but never like this. Never like in this movie. Although I love the fact that General Zod revealed his existence scaring the crap out of Earthlings, there were a million directions this film could have gone and this wasn’t the good one. But I’m very hopeful for a much better sequel. Hopefully with more Lois Lane romance in it.