A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
|Release Date||:||June 12, 2013|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, Syncopy, Cruel and Unusual Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Writers||:||David S. Goyer, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Jay Oliva|
|Casts||:||Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, Jadin Gould, Tahmoh Penikett, Ayelet Zurer, Richard Schiff, Dylan Sprayberry, Michael Kelly, Carla Gugino, Richard Cetrone, Mackenzie Gray, Julian Richings, Mary Black, Samantha Jo, Rebecca Buller, Christina Wren, David Lewis, Doug Abrahams, Brad Kelly, Alessandro Juliani, Jack Foley, Robert Gerdisch, Harry Lennix, Jacqueline Scislowski, Sean Campbell, Raj Lal, Rebecca Spence|
|Plot Keywords||:||saving the world, dc comics, superhero, based on comic, superhuman, alien invasion, reboot, super powers, dc extended universe, cinematic universe|
I wanted to like this movie. Admittedly, I went in with high expectations, but I thought the names behind the movie, the actors and the beautiful trailer justified my high hopes.
And - at first - I thought it was all going to work out. For the first 40 minutes or so, this movie is awesome. Krypton, an ALIENated Clark Kent doing odd jobs on earth, a confused boy trying to cope with his powers...
Some reviewers have bashed the movie for being too serious, but there's nothing wrong with a little seriousness, or a little reverence towards the character. In the first half, I think the tone is perfect. A little dark, sure, but it all feels like we're building up towards something truly awesome. Then, kind of suddenly, the main story with Zod and the action starts. And, as much as I love action movies, I really wished it hadn't.
When the serious actions starts, all coherent story telling stops. In the blink of an eye the movie goes from feeling like a sci-fi Batman Begins to Transformers 3 minus the nuanced story telling. Suddenly Superman is here and we get these big sweeping beautiful scenes, and they're just completely boring and out of place. And I don't even want to talk about the totally contrived Lois Lane - Superman romance. (Lots of sighs, and "WTF?" comments at the theater I was in).
I kept waiting for it to recapture the tone of the first half, but the action just keeps getting bigger and dumber. In the middle of the unending action spectacle of the second half, I actually nodded off.
This movie had the creative talent, and the actors to make something really great. And I feel like without a Michael Bay explosion quota maybe they could have done it here... But in the end this is a missed opportunity.