English is difficult for me to type, so please be understanding.
Something has been lost to the world in regards to what the character of Superman is supposed to be. Truth, Justice, All things good and hopeful. I feel these qualities sorely missing from the new movie, even though Kal himself says the symbol represents Hope. Does anyone want to see Hope invoked through a character who is never smiling, never "I can do this, no problem" but instead always serious, very depressed and stressed out? This quality to the direction did not make any sense to me. Upsetting is the word I would like to use.
I have no problems with Man of Steel for a movie standpoint, the direction was fantastic and awesome. Brilliant even. Art direction was phenominal and amazing. However, I feel like it was direct by a genius director with Attention Defecit Disorder, or someone who have never heard of the word "linear" or "smooth story telling". This movie is immensely choppy and refuses to stand still and let me enjoy one thing at a time. It shoots from place to place, era to era and then suddenly appears here or there. It is unfitting to this type of action oriented movie, as the tone of the movie shifted from polite and emotional in the beginning to something action packed. But, there was so much happening, you cant focus or appreciate what you just saw.
Kidder and Reeve had some of the best on screen chemistry of all time, when I watch Superman 1 and see them acting together, Kidder seems to get lost in his eyes and fall into his spell. She is lost and dazed, clearly in love and awe struct by him. With the little bit of screen time for Lois by Amy in this movie, we get none of this. She is an awful Lois. Actually...she is not Lois at all to me. She is Amy Adams, playing Amy Adams under the name of Lois the character. I disliked her very much, hard for me because I like Amy adams a lot :) But, 0 chemistry. Nothing between them. She does not seem hypnotized by him or what someone who is shocked by someone else looks like. She didn't try hard.
Kal El is closer to Golden Age in presentation of physical qualities, he struggles to do very simple things and should be doing them with a smile, without a sweat and easily done. Wave to everyone and leave. Instead, he cries, whines and shows massive signs of Stress while doing everything. Where is Superman here? I don't see him. The age of Reality Tv is dead, the Emo world is fading, so why make Superman this way? Nobody enjoyed Thor or the Amazing Spiderman very much and instead most of the world wants to see things like the Avengers, more like the comics. True to them, not a new way, not a new version. Not sad or depressing. Superman is to inspire hope and good things, not stress and depression. He is superman. He is not supposed to show those qualities as Superman, only as Clark. Once those glasses come off, he is SUPERMAN. No time to whine or be sad. But Henry did. I hated this quality.
This is just my gripes, I hated the soundtrack because it is just background music. It is not a themed ost like this type of movie should be. If a new indiana jones or star wars comes out, when darth vader appears on screen he should have a music cue for him, something to regard with that character. Hanz doesnt understand this concept and instead just plays randomized music over what ever is happening. I hated it. But, from a music standpoint it was beautiful. I will never use anything as my ringtone from this movie. My kids in 30 years will never play this OST on their speakers or music player. I just cant see that happening. Nothing synonomous to the characters to remember.
I realize this is a negative review, but from a cinema standpoint Man of Steel was incredible visually. The story was too choppy though and the OST was bad IMO. I would prefer a less dark and gritty approach to Superman. I do not want to relate to superman. He is one of few characters nobody should relate to. You dream about being him, aspire to be unrealistic in your life like he does, to deal with anything with out signs of stress, to be the best at all things like him, not to stress out at all times. I daydream about Superman and being him, I will never daydream to relate and be like Henrys Superman. He is of the last age of the world, that reality tv generation that needs everything to be hyper realistic. Avengers ignored this aspect and was a better movie all around than Man of Steel, although not as beautifully made or artistic. It was true to the comics, more so anyway. I rate man of Steel as an 7/10 movie, not as good as Superman 1, not as good as The Dark Knight, but better than Dark Knight Rises and anything else prior that was super hero related. Just my impressions, they could change in years to come.