A character created in 1933, is still going strong 80 years later. In this reboot, we see the story of Superman told with rich visual detail from his birth till date. His journey from Krypton to Earth, and most importantly the rationale for that, is well developed. The motive of those who oppose Superman, or rather, what he and his Krypton family stand for, is also appropriate.
The visual effects of the film tend to get too dramatic. Though they are of superb quality and precision, it gets a little draining for the viewer to take in all the 3D detail. The sequences which we see remind us of a lot of films in the past, and though they have achieved a good mix of all of them, it is still too much to digest.
The film tends to unfold like a video game at points, but that is not its only flaw. While the world is at stake, it seems the action is between Superman, the Daily Planet, the American Army vs. the Krypton Army. Its over simplified for an issue which threatens the genocide of the entire planet.
Henry Cavill fits the part of Superman very well, and so do the other artists who play his younger selves. His form gives him a real quality one can aspire towards, rather than an unreal super hero. Russel Crowe as his father, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner & Diane Lane as his Earth parents, all lend credibility to roles and also support a younger actor like Henry. This was probably missing from the earlier ‘Superman Returns’ starring Brandon Routh.
The action and the slow drama scenes were entertaining but the film as a whole leaves you wanting the same dish served differently. It could have worked better if it was of shorter length, and not too over simplistic. Its strength was the flashbacks which kept us informed of the development of Superman.
It is a Summer special effects bonanza with the Nolan, Snyder and Zimmer names attached to it.