I really enjoyed this film, and I strongly believe it does not deserve a 57% on rottentomatoes.
After seeing this film, I'm very excited to see what comes next in this franchise now that we have the origin story told and settled.
Everyone knows the story about Superman, otherwise known as Kal-El, and Clark Kent so there's really no explanation needed. Now being a giant comic-book buff, and a massive Superman fan, I know pretty much everything there is to know about this character, so before I went in to see it I was expecting a boring and tedious beginning. However that was not the case. The film shows Kal-El's origin through flashbacks. It brought something new to the table and for the most part very intriguing. I did feel it was very choppy in certain areas where you're just taken out of the movie. But with that being said, the scene of Clark's childhood have a very tender feel to them and are probably the most interesting parts in the film.
His fathers Jor-El and Jonathan Kent portrayed by Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner steal all the scenes their in. Each father plays a key role into Superman's life. Michael Shannon is great as General Zod, and is not a typical two-dimensional villain, and actually has a reason and motive, by rebuilding Krypton on Earth. The best villains are the villains who think they're doing the right thing. Zod's right hand woman Faora played by Antje Traue also is a standout as an cruel cold-hearted minion. Diane Lane plays her part well as Ma Kent, and Amy Adams to my surprise is a great Lois Lane. I loved how she was a real journalist and reporter. She actually dived into all her evidence and traced Clark's whereabouts.
Let's not forget about Henry Cavill. He embodies Clark Kent/Superman very well. I loved seeing this alien, who is essentially a god and has inner conflict within himself because he doesn't feel like he belongs. Cavill portrayed this very well and very subtly. Props to him. Big props.
I only had three major problems with this film. I already stated the choppiness of Goyer's script. My other problem is the romance. It's completely rushed and I felt very little hints of chemistry. The kiss also felt very forced.
I absolutely loved the action. Director Zack Snyder definitely showed me what I wanted to see Superman do in a fight, unlike Bryan Singer. But I will say that when he fight a Kryptonian machine, I won't give too much away, but he does fight this self-aware technology and it felt a bit too long, I would have cut that part out of the film. The rest of the action is stellar. Just badass all around.
I would say this is the <nobr>right step</nobr> forward for Superman and possibly the expansion of the DC Cinematic Universe. They have a lot of catching up to do with Marvel.
Again this film does not deserve a 57% at all. By all means it's not a perfect movie, but is one fun ride with all around great performances.
I for sure will draw up a Henry Cavill Superman.