I saw it last night and thought it was (mostly) great. Russell is WONDEFUL as Jor El-a very solid presence and gives a lot of weight and intensity to Superman's back story. Henry Cavill looks fantastic and does well with the role, although at times he seemed just a wee bit too tentative. Didn't see a whole lot of chemistry between him and Amy/Lois Lane. Michael Shannon was flat-out fantastic. He and Russell were to me the stand-outs.
I tend to agree with kathy. Russell really and truly nailed the Jor-El role, and was indeed the heart and soul of the film. Henry makes a good MoS, he certainly looks the part and brings a good amount of super hero panache to a part with little dialog. Amy Adams did fine as a stronger Lois than we're used to, but I found the instant attraction between her and Superman a little hard to accept, as it wasn't well developed. Whether it was a lack of chemistry or the way the film was edited.. can't say without seeing it again. However... I think way too much time was spent smashing buildings. Towards the end of the film it got a bit boring. I much preferred the imaginative Krypton scenes and Superman's back story.
I saw it tonight with my mother. She preferred the Christopher Reeves version.For myself I thought the first two thirds were good, Russell was much better as Jor-El than Marlon Brando. There were things that didn't work: why did Jor-El only download his consciousness and not his wife's as well? If Zod's genetic imprimatur was to protect Krypton at all costs then surely once he discovered that in effect Kal-El was Krypton, because the Codex was encoded in his DNA, he would have been genetically predispositioned to protect Kal-El?The last half-hour of the film lost sight of the philosophical elements of the story, for instance what do you do if you spend nearly 33 years thinking you are the only member of your people surviving and then find out that there are 9 others at least two of whom are female? Equally, how would 9 refugees react to discovering that there is a planet where they could live, technologically centuries behind their original home but where their knowledge and skills would make them hugely important?
I agree the ending was way too long smashing everything and everyone in site but I really enjoyed the rest. Not a fan of comic book movies but did enjoy the story and Krypton. Russell was a great Jor-el. I happen to catch Marlon Brando's take on him last week but didn't stay long for the rest of the movie. Henry was a better Superman.Actually everyone did there job and I was entertained till the last part of the movie.My biggest pet peeve with a lot of movies is they are way too loud!
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I saw it Friday. Russell is the best Jor-el I've seen, including Brando. I wish there had been more of Krypton's backstory. Someone mentioned why didn't Jor-el add Lara's conscious also, I too thought that.As for the loudness and the final explosions.. too much, but that sells movies I suppose.I didn't cry whey Jor-el died, (!) but I did get teary when Jonathan Kent did.The Lois/Superman attraction was what...Instant chemistry? Too fast, but when Clark Kent showed up at the Daily Planet it became obvious that glasses are not the best of disguises.BTW, I am going back to see it in 3-D this week.
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