There is roughly a minute at the start of the film that’s calm before your thrown in to the other 142 minutes of constat punches, building collapses and machine guns that seem to make up a majority of the film. There’s a few quiet spots dotted about but they don’t stay as they get interrupted by General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his minions.
The film has a wonderful cast including Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Russell Crowe as Jor-El as Clark’s biological farther from Krypton. They all do the best with what they’ve been given, as there’s not that much character development within the film. You don’t tend to care about anyone because you hardly know anything about them and don’t become emotionally invested. Your more emotionally invested in the city of Metropolis as you start to think how much is it going to cost to re-build must be in the billions, which is exactly what you start to do towards the end of the film when the fight scene you’ve just seen take place in Smallville is now being re-created in Metropolis.
The part of the film that captures your attention the most is how Clark Kent or Kal-El to give him his Krypton name came to be sent from his home planet, which looks like a post apocalyptic Pandora from Avatar, to earth by his parents in one final act as their home planet is collapsing from over mining. Possibly I find this interesting because I didn’t know the proper origins of Superman.
From a technical perspective they use the same type of shot over and over again especially the CGI zooms in to things then fake adjusting the focus. This technique is constantly used throughout the film and it just doesn’t look good. I would rather them cut to a different shot than see this used.
Overall Man of Steel was very underwhelming even though I went in not expecting too much from it. Out of 10 i’d give it a 6.5 and it only gets that because Amy Adams is in it, the film does have a genuinely good cast it’s just a shame they weren’t utilised very well.