From the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception.. sorry, from the director of 300 and Sucker Punch. All Nolan did was co-write the screenplay, and according to RottenTomatoes, this is the only film Nolan ever worked on that got a ‘rotten’ rating. I’ve seen it, and I can’t believe it. I feel so sorry for Nolan that he had to be a part of this. And here’s why.
Krypton is dying (for reasons left unclear.), so Jor-El (Russel Crowe) sends his newborn son Kal-El to planet Earth, while devious Zod (Michael Shannon) is being exiled. Years later, Kal-El (Henry Cavill) realises his power and becomes a worldwide hero. But Zod returns and Kal-El, along with reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is off to stop him.
So they fight! And fight. And fight. And fight. And fight. And fight. And fi- What is this, an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon? The whole film feels like one giant action scene with shaky cam and bad 3D! It’s not even like the climax of The Dark Knight, where multiple things are going on. No, it’s just Zod fighting Kal-El (Because he’s only called Superman once) and occasionally a few other people join in on the fight. And Kal-El has zero character development. I really wanted them to go all ‘Batman Begins’ on us and show the psychological issues of being superhuman. But all we get is “I feel sad, BOOM!”
So does anything in this movie work? Well, there’s the acting, especially from Shannon and Adams. But if you want to see good acting from them, watch Revolutionary Road and The Master. And the visual effects, sound design, and score are well done, too. But if that’s your cup of tea, go watch Star Trek Into Darkness. No, only see Man Of Steel if you want to see zero character development, shaky cam, and explosions.
Can I have my 2 hours and 23 minutes back?