This movie follows the story of Superman from the time he was born on Krypton, to his life growing up on Earth, and to ultimately trying to protect Earth from his enemies. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is sent to earth by his parents so that he can begin a new life after Krypton is destroyed. He struggles to find his purpose on Earth and it takes time for him to adjust. Reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) of the Daily Planet is the first to discover his identity when he saves her life. However, General Zod (Michael Shannon) wants to destroy Superman to get the codex back and regenerate Krypton on Earth. Superman is the only one that can protect Earth from the more powerful army of Krypton.
What I liked
I thought this movie did a really good job at portraying the struggles and decisions that Clark has to make on Earth. When he is younger, he is on a school bus that gets derailed into a body of water, and he uses his super strength to save everyone. Later he is frustrated because he gets scolded for giving away his secret to people. When he becomes a teen, he is faced with a situation where he would have to use his powers in front of people to save his father’s life, and agonizes over the choice. I liked how the movie did a thorough job at the beginning of explaining why Superman had to be sent to Earth, why he had those powers, why Krypton would later be his weakness, and the origin of the famous “S” logo. Although much different from past Superman movies, I liked how they kept all of the classic elements such as Clark Kent, Lois Lane, the Daily Planet, and Krypton.
What I didn’t like
The beginning seemed a bit scatters, as it juggles back and forth between scenes from his childhood, teenage years, adulthood, then back to childhood, etc. Something that made the Dark Knight series one of the best superhero trilogies of all time was the villains. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the villain in this film. He was simply a general from Krypton that wanted to take over Earth. There wasn’t much unique about him like there was about Bane or the Joker in the Dark Knight series. There were also at least a dozen scenes where the bad guy is standing over the good guy and Superman flies out of nowhere to save the day right before the good guy gets killed. It was a little bit excessive. I also thought they could have utilized Superman’s powers more. They definitely got the super strength and flying in there, but didn’t really use the laser vision or see through walls powers.
This movie currently has a 7.7/10 on IMDB, a 56% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 78% from the audience.
This movie was definitely worth seeing, but not one I would watch multiple times like the Batman series. My final rating is a 3.5/5.
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