It was ok. I don't regret going to have seen it but I think the biggest problem for me was that it lacked charm. Granted, my knowledge of Superman is mostly limited to the Reeve films and it's not my intention to compare this version to Donner's (although admittedly it's hard not to have that version in the back of my mind while watching), but it seemed to me that this one fell more on the side of "being Superman is a curse". I don't begrudge Snyder/Nolan for providing a different take on the character, but they didn't capture the "magic" of Donner's film (and in fairness, that may not have been their intention)
Some other criticisms:
Jor-El provided way too much Deus Ex Machina (helping Lois escape the ship etc.) and they did make him essentially a "ghost", like he never really died. In Donner's version I could accept that Jor-El could have created a holographic artificial intelligence that could anticipate the questions that Kal-El would ask and educate him. Also, Superman II demonstrated that the holograms weren't sentient. Lex was able to view them without "them" knowing he wasn't Kal-El. The Jor-El in MoS was fully sentient and able to interact and converse with anyone. (Also, I noticed that they couldn't avoid the obvious Christ allegory. Jor-El says "Go save them, my Son" then Supe floats out of the ship and down to Earth with his arms fully outstretched.
Thought the effects and fight scenes went over the top on many occasions almost to the point of masturbation. All that shit with the living metal and over the top destruction. And also, the Sears placement thing was ridiculous. In those fight scenes, characters were being tossed around hundreds of feet in all directions, but yet they still always seemed to end up right in front of that Sears store. (Also does anyone ever get bothered in these types of movies that once the threat is neutralized, everything goes back to normal. In MoS Zod destroys like half of Metropolis, I couldn't help but think of that aftermath and the certainty that thousands upon thousands of people were killed. )
Also, what was up with the weird sexual imagery. The "cocoons" that Zod and co were put in for their exile to the Phantom Zone looked like penises and the doors in the Scout Ship buried in the North Pole looked like vaginas.
What I liked:
Movie looked good and was generally entertaining (although again, will never have the lasting impact of the original)
Costner, Lane and Adams were good. Did have a few touching Father/Son moments.
Also, as far as the Superman killing thing goes
you all do remember that Supe tossed a depowered Zod into an abyss in the Fortress. Since we never saw him again, Zod presumably fell to his death. Also, apparently he just left Luthor at the fortress as well (I know some of the longer cuts of the film show the criminals being taken in by the authorities, but we can only consider the theatrical cut Canon). Supe also "killed" the evil Superman in III and I guess you could say he killed Nuclear Man in IV. Also, he did use his powers in II to get revenge on the diner bully. He lets him punch him by which he likely broke every bone in his hand. Supe spins him on a diner stool which such velocity that the centrifugal force should have killed him. The he threw him into the glass surface of a pinball machine, what if he got stabbed by a shard of glass?
Edited by WillG, June 15 2013 - 03:09 PM.