Man of Steel (2013)
Ambitious, but Falters at Key Moments
First the good. I got what I expected from a Zack Snyder movie: amazing visuals. The movie leaves nothing to be desired in that department. Superb fight scenes in the middle of Metropolis (yeah, pretty much New York City). The entire movie based on the alien planet of Krypton was incredible. If you like Sci-fi like I do (and obviously you do on this website) you will be very pleased the way Superman's alien past is played out. This movie was extremely ambitious, almost too a fault.
Now, the bad. The storyline is a little bit too complex. The fun of watching a superhero battle it out against supervillians is that you understand the RULES. Who has superpowers when? What could cause one to win over the other? This movie gets very complex but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of answering key questions. I'm no Superman/Comic Book buff, so perhaps it when over my head. Did the supervillians have superpowers only because they had suits and technology? If so, why couldn't Superman destroy them?
And the climax of the movie--the end--was a bit problematic. I won't give away any spoilers here, but it was a bit confusing how Superman was able to do what he did, when he previously could not do it and nothing seemingly had changed. That was probably the most annoying part of the movie for me. Stick to the rules. They tried to explain the rules and why things were happening, but perhaps the story was just too complex.
And then there was the acting. Ugh. The only word I could use to describe it was ham-fisted. I could feel myself groaning at certain parts. Sure, it was forgivable because that's not exactly what you go to see a Superhero movie for. But plenty of other superhero movies had good acting. The acting in this movie felt a little out of place, almost like Superman didn't know how to be who he was. It was like he had two emotions: concerned and not concerned. The actor who played Zod is actually a really good actor and did a better job although most of the time he was preoccupied with just looking angry.
This movie is certainly worth seeing, just for the special effects alone. There are some dramatic moments which do not come together at all, but others that are fairly decent. Enjoy the ride but don't expect an air-tight plot from start to finish.