a two hour twenty minute display of amazing special effects that is
occasionally marred by the appearance of A-List actors like Amy Adams
and Russell Crowe and Diane Lane and a pretty good story that detract
from the mind-numbing CGI.
unfortunately compelling story (written by David S. Goyer from a story
by Goyer and Producer Christopher Nolan) is an interesting, novel take
on Supermanís creation that was never envisioned by Jerry Siegel and Joe
Shuster when they came up with the idea of Superman in 1933 while they
were in high school and sold to DC Comics in 1938 for $130,
precipitating a lifelong battle between Siegel and Shuster and their
heirs on the one hand and DC Comics (eventually Time Warner) on the
other about who owned the multi-billion dollar rights and copyright,
that Siegel and Shuster apparently signed away. The latest decision in
the case occurred in January, 2013. Itís shameful that the creators of
this amazing tale have been so treated all because of a contract they
signed in their youth in 1938 that they probably didnít even read. Maybe
thatís what the strict reading of the law is, but as Dickens had Mr.
Bumble say, the law is an ass (actually Dickens was purloining from
George Chapmanís 1654 play Revenge for Honor.) But I digress as
none of this has anything to do with this Superman.
Well-sculpted Henry Cavill makes an adequate Superman, and Amy Adams is
a sexy Lois Lane. Russell Crowe admirably plays Supermanís real father.
Diane Lane plays Supermanís foster mother and is made up to look her
real age which dismally fails to hide her inherent beauty. Adding to the
cast is Michael Shannon, fresh off his triumph in The Iceman, as
General Zod the bad guy from Krypton. Also appearing in smaller roles
that are little more than cameos are Kevin Costner as Supermanís foster
father, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, the editor of the Daily
Planet, and Christopher Meloni as a cop.
indicated above, intruding on director Zack Snyderís more than 100
minutes of special effects is the story, which is a pretty good one for
a comic book. But the story doesnít really take one away from the almost
interminable special effects. The constant brutal fights are nothing if
not ridiculous since most of them are between Superman and Zod, both of
whom are invulnerable, so whatís the point? Itís almost impossible for
one to injure the other. But they go on and on and on. Because the movie
had to come to an end, finally one succumbs, although itís factually
inconsistent with the premise of the movie.
an A-list cast in a movie whose star is the CGI-special effects seems
like a total waste. It reminds me of Susan Sarandonís line that
whenever an actress appears topless she is always upstaged by her boobs.
All the actors are upstaged by the unending (but spectacular) special
effects. Letís face it; people who go to these films arenít going for
the acting or the story. They want to see violence and special effects,
which they get here in spades.
this is entertaining and well done, Iím sick of movies like this. The
story was actually good enough to stand on its own for a normal, 90
minute action film without all the fancy graphics.