While this is the only movie I've seen in the theater since Dark Knight Rises, I can say that it was worth the price of admission. It had strengths and flaws, the flaws being abundant, but it was entertaining. Let me expand on the comment. Christoper Nolan's is probably the best in the franchise to date, but that isn't saying much. There are spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen it, look away. Oh, and Superman is a difficult character to write. You are somewhat limited by the fact that the guy is indestructible unless kryptonite is involved. Just a silly idea from Jump Street...but I digress.
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The cast was pretty good. Henry Cavill played a believable, albeit silent, Superman. The best parts and acting in the movie was the peripheral characters--the bystanders. The Kents, played by Costner and Lane were excellent...probably the best of the movie. Crowe was not terrible as Jor-El and Amy Adams was an excellent Lois Lane...at first, anyway. She was a sassy, take-no-crap reporter that went to her limits to tell a story. And then, she met Superman. Her character morphed from that sassy, strong woman into a smitten, starry-eyed school girl. (Just my opinion, some may disagree.) She did show backbone and fearlessness entering the ship of Zod, and from there on, she tried to hold it together.
Fishburne played a nice Perry White, too, though he was not in many scenes. The invasion and fight scenes were fun. There was some tongue in cheek comedy in small one-liners and it suspended my belief for a while, where I was just inundated with super beings pummeling each other all over Metropolis. I must say, I very much liked Zod's lieutenant, Faora-Ul, played by German-born Antje Traue, who I thought was cold and callous as a villain, just the way I like 'em!
Anyhow, the movie ends with what I was hoping he (Nolan) would avoid doing and yet it happened. I cringed. Clark Kent, glasses and all, was introduced as a reporter for the Daily Planet. Ack! Stop it! Do you seriously believe that tossing a pair of glasses on a guy changes his appearance that much? Let me tell you it doesn't. I got my first pair of glasses in 5th grade, and those barely developed, inexperienced, unwise children knew exactly who I was when I walked into the classroom. Boo! Oh, well... Better luck next time.
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