Finally got to the theater to see this one, and it fricking blew. I haven't been this disappointed in a movie in a really long time...I went into it expecting to love it. I've skimmed this thread, and it seems like most people in here are fawning all over MoS and think it is awesome (except for OML, Freaux, and a couple of others). I just don't see it. I'll try to form my post around some discussion I've read in the thread (as to save the "that's been discussed already" responses). And I'll preface this post with saying that my knowledge of Superman comes basically from knowing who he is my whole life and seeing the previous movies...I never got into comics, so I have very little knowledge of what those encompass. Also, this will be really long, so sorry about that, but I am so fricking mad at this movie.
First off, I thought the editing was pretty bad. Scenes just jumped out of whack back and forth. Especially the first half of the movie. I kinda liked how they did flashbacks to show us a little about Clark learning about his powers and everything, I just thought they were jumpy and didnt flow well at all (and nonlinear narratives don't really bother me at all).
The writing was bad. BAD. I'm all for some cheese when it comes to superhero movies, but several times during the movie, I found myself laughing at how bad the dialogue was, and disappointed that the Nolans (wasn't Jonathan Nolan a part of the writing at some point?) were attached to this. I literally laughed out loud several times at some of the dialogue I was hearing.
It looks like Michael Shannon is being pretty lauded, but I actually thought he was terrible. I'm not familiar with a lot of other things he's been in (my buddy with me said he's good in Boardwalk Empire), but I thought his overacting in MoS was borderline laughable. The best (worst?) example of his acting (and the dialogue) was at one point when he tells Jor-El "I will find him. I will FIND him... I WILL FIIIIIND HIIIIIM!!!!!!" It was so awful and over-the-top (in a bad way) and just plain bad. That was one of the times I laughed at what I was seeing/hearing. At times I felt like a whiny 13 year old could've played Zod with how Shannon was acting him.
I found that a lot of times, it felt like the camera was zoomed in too close on everything. And I'm not just talking about the fight scenes (a la Transformers that people griped about when it came out), but sometimes in just regular scenes as well. I felt sort of awkwardly close to the characters sometimes. It was weird.
Why the hell was Lois Lane everywhere all the time? I mean, she was seemingly in every single major place at any given time. And what in the ever-loving bloody frick was she doing in the plane that was dropping the bomb/reactor..? I half-expected her to show up in the Indian Ocean at some point too.
Speaking of LL, I thought Amy Adams was meh. I normally like her fine enough, but she wasn't too good in this one. And the relationship-y vibe from her and Clark felt kinda awkward and forced. The kiss at the end was very stupid.
Clark's dad's death was awful. A) For him to tell Clark not to save him was stupid enough, but B) for Clark to actually listen was borderline unbelievable. Also, when they first get out of the car to run to the overpass, Clark should've run to save the dog, not his dad. Even when his dad says "Go, I'll get the dog.." Clark shoul've been like "Dad, I got this...go with mom." It just felt really weird that Clark would let that happen in any scenario, let alone one where he is a superhero.
The whole "Jor-El's consciousness" thing was weird for me. I think I saw earlier in the thread that it seems to be something throughout the comics though, so whatever. Also, if I remember the original SM movies, SM talks to Jor-El in the Fortres of Solitude. So it makes sense I guess, but I don't understand why the mother wasn't there as well...seems like if J-E can have his consciousness "preserved" and active, she maybe could've too (to have seen Clark later in his life).
What was the old spaceship burind in ice for 20,000 years? I didn't understand that. I get that SM injects J-E into the ship with his little S pen thing, and that's how they could communicate, but who's ship was that? And why was the suit on it? That didn't make much sense to me.
This post was edited on 7/8 at 9:46 am