This is the review for the 3D movie. I enjoyed it immensely. It was well worth holding in my bladder for the full 2 hours and 15 minutes of the film (not including closing credits).
The movie is a retelling of the origin of Superman, done with extraordinary flair by Zack Snyder, the man who brought you 300 and Watchmen.
Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, and thankfully it's more than a cameo role. He's an excellent foil against Michael Shannon, who plays General Zod.
Kevin Costner is terrific as Clark Kent's father, and Diane Lane is absolutely wonderful as Clark's mother.
The story is equal measure of action and drama, and I like that. In particular, I like the fact that they don't make General Zod simply an evil villain. Zod was born to be a protector of Krypton. He defends his world and his people at all costs and with unshakable determination. This poses a powerful moral dilemma for Kal-El, who must defend the Earth against Zod's rampage.
I also like the relationship between Clark and his adoptive parents. The film is very much about relationships.
Unfortunately, the relationship between Kal-El and Lois Lane is pretty much Hollywood formula, but Amy Adams is really terrific.
However, don't despair, because Man of Steel is also about action. Lots and lots of action. Lots and lots of fantastic visuals, the kind of stuff that Zack Snyder is famous for.
For me, the inevitable question is: How does Man of Steel stack up against the *other* two superhero movies that have taken the world by storm, Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight (as well as The Dark Knight Rises)? Well, it does very well, thank you very much. In fact, I like Man of Steel slightly more than Marvel's The Avengers, and that is high praise, indeed!
In my estimation, Man of Steel is about as good as The Dark Knight. And if you know how I feel about The Dark Knight, then this statement is almost blasphemous. Sorry, Christopher Nolan, but Zack Snyder has really nailed this one and is now your equal.
The reviews at Rotten Tomatoes have been disappointing. I don't know why pro reviewers have it out for this movie. Man of Steel is easily the Best Movie of the Year, and I can't urge you enough to go see it.