1. This is not Richard Donner's Superman. This is Superman for the James Cameron/Wachowski generation. It is great, big screen action entertainment.
2. The casting is superb. Every actor is used well. Michael Shannon is a fantastic villain; Laurence Fishburn brings a lot of gravity to Perry White; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are great as the Kents; Amy Adams is an awesome Lois (great outside the box casting); and even Russell Crowe didn't annoy me (stuck playing what will eventually become known as "The Russell Crowe" character in future movies.)
3. Henry Cavill - I do not think a more spectacular specimen of manhood will be captured onscreen. The women in the audience gasped when he appeared with his shirt off. He really does look supernatural. He is very good with what he is given. I buy him as this character that has made this journey. However that brings me to the films biggest flaw...
4. Character development sacrificed for action. But hopefully a sequel will flesh out the characters better.
5. Lex Luthor is not in the film but during the final battle in Metropolis (great decision to use Chicago BTW) the Lexcorp logo is everywhere, so clearly he is being set up as the next villain.
6. Great, great kiss between Lois and Clark.
7. Krypton looks like the Cheesecake factory. Some of the Kryptonian visuals are silly, although that could also be said of the Donner film.
Overall: 7/10. Will see again (saw the 2D, now will see the 3D).
Also: this has to be the most product-placed movie since Back to the Future. Major shills for iHop, Nikon, Sears, 7-11, U-Haul and more.
The Times review hits on a lot of the things I felt while watching the movie. It's not a well-made movie, but it does broach on some powerful themes.
Thanks for posting that. The reviews are mixed overall, but so far, no one has been really harsh on Henry. So hopefully that will bode well for his future.
More on Cavill's bod please. How did his ass look?
Ass was obscured by cape.
LOTS of cleavage shots and chest hair porn, though.
PR Shill at 12 o'clock!
One of the things the fans made very clear with the last movie is that they are sick to death of having Lex Luthor be the film in every movie. So I would think it's unlikely they'll have Luthor be the major villain in the sequel--I would expect they'll use Brainiac or Darkseid.
There's only one thing worse in this universe than PR-Shills.
And that's people who scream "PR-SHILL!!!" at every single post that doesn't tear something to pieces.
R10 Yeah, I guess all of the multiple HC threads that were bumped all at once was just a coincidence, huh? *rolls eyes*
R11, given most of the bumping was done by people bitching about PR shills....
Who wants to spend money seeing the same old story by the same old, OLD super hero? His time has expired.
What OP said.
The set designer made Krypton look intellectually coherent and culturally consistent, and even the silly headdresses made sense in that they are a link to a more primitive past. My hat's off to the set designer and to all of the technical people.
Cavill looked different in almost every scene. He's a chameleon--as someone said, supernatural looking. Esp. early in the movie, Diane Lane did some of her best, most understated acting. The gray hair softens her ice queen image.
Problem: at the end, doesn't everyone on Earth know Superman's secret i.d?
If Cavil's beefy ass is covered, what's the point of going? That's his whole selling point.
R13, it's not the same "old" story, and I thought it was told in a very interesting way.
And yeah, R14, my biggest issue (I only have a couple) is that Clark Kent's identity as Superman must be the worst kept secret in the world. And it's clear Lois Lane knows exactly who he is at the end there, which is a dramatic shift from the previous canon. But then a lot of the movie is a dramatic shift from previous canon.
Anyway, I'm not a huge comic book fan and the last super-man comic I read was a quarter century ago or more (and I can count on the fingers of one hand how many super hero comic books I ever read).
I can see how someone invested in the existing Superman universe could be annoyed or upset by the changes in this movie. I'm not one of them.
I was entertained. Great action, great effects, Henry Caville is fucking gorgeous to look at. And it had interesting themes and great moments, and solid acting all around.
A derivative, repetitive Thorlike street fight scene Zod and Superman is the weakest part of the movie. Otherwise, a very, very good movie. Cavill soars as superman, in demeanor, tone, and looks. He is captivatingly hot, with his looks underscoring that he is not from this planet and is truly an alien. When he took his shirt off, a huge murmur went up in the theater from male and female alike. His body is just something to behold, even in this creatine age.
The cast overall is just superb. Michael Shannon shines and animates his role as the villain. Fishbourne is awesome, of course. Amy Adams is captivatingly cute and inquisitive. Russell Crowe brings some gravitas to the money as Clark's father.
57% rt lul you ain't getting my money hack snyder, i've seen suckerpunch and many more of his trash on t.v. Pure bullshit.
R14, Diane Lane has never been thought of as an ice queen. Just the opposite.
R18, Suckerpunch was awful.
This movie is not.
And audience scores are MUCH higher than the inexplicably lower RottenTomatoes rating.
I forgot all about Brainiac. He's never been in the movies but he was one of my favorite DC
villians when I was a kid.
Too bad Yul Brenner's not around to play him.
Bunch of fanboy geeks on here praising it.
If you wanted a right-wing take on Superman, here it is. Disaster porn with an incredible amount of violence and Superman snapping the neck of the villain and killing him.
No more superman as a liberal nice guy.
I agree with R1's #3 ... he is utterly stunning.
Fucking Chris Meloni took me completely out of the story, so did Schiff.
I don't want to see these people in the theater!! I see them on TV when I want.
And I haven't lately.
Not a critique, but I LOVED the Lexcorp shout-outs. They were great.
On the other hand, I hated all the product placement. Loathed it. It was almost overwhelming.