Despite lavish sets, big budget fight scenes and an all star cast, director Zack Snyder fails to hit the right note with his audience.
You can tell that director/producer Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) has had some influence on this film, instead of a fully formed Superman, all capes and red pants over his suit, we are given a much darker story of the much beloved Superhero.
The idea, in theory, should work, but, the plotline, the story, is lost amongst a sea of lavish (and long) fight scenes, Snyder has too many flashbacks inserted at the wrong moments, the wrong memories are shown at the most climactic part of the film.
It is because of this weakness in the script, (the screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, who penned, funnily enough, Batman Begins) that we lose the characters. Amy Adams’ Pulitzer Prize Winning Lois Lane is barely in it and has little chance to shine.
Henry Cavill is perhaps the films only saving grace, with his charming good looks, (I’d like to add that he is British born), his emotional range and physical presence gives the film some of the heart that is so loses with the over long fight sequences.
Man of Steel has been a commercial success and has soared at the international box office, reaching a massive $89 million so far.
And with a follow up film in the works, it appears as if Superman will be flying on our screens once more.
Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel