During General Zod’s (Michael Shannon) attempted coup on the dying world Krypton, chief scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) rockets his son Kal-El into space. Crashing on Earth, Kal-El is raised by the Kents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), who try to keep his immense strength and abilities secret. But when Zod appears on Earth 33 years later, it is time for Clark (Henry Cavill) to reveal himself.I found it to be exciting and relentlessly entertaining.Being a huge fan of Superman, this film could be horrible and I would still love it. I found it to be exciting and relentlessly entertaining. This film does have a heavy Krypton backstory with amazing visual effects. Most of the film’s first half tells his story in flashbacks from the destruction of his home planet to his boyhood in Smallville.
Its ensemble cast is impeccable. Cavill embodies the duality of both Clark and Superman, while Amy Adams is spunky as Lois Lane although her character does seems to get lost throughout the film. Shannon is brilliant as the villainous Zod, who will destroy anything that tries to stop him.This Superman is much darker and grittier.It’s not until the end that we see the spectacular battle take place and most of it is way too fast for your eyes to follow, but I suppose when you have two superbeings battling it out in super-speed there wouldn’t be much to see. This Superman is much darker and grittier and definitely has Christopher Nolan’s (Batman franchise) fingerprints all over it.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.
Run Time: 2 hour 23 min.
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