Niagara Gazette — "Man Of Steel" has little vital dialogue, and none that genuinely advances the story in an interesting way.
As producer, Christopher Nolan had clearly a major role in how the movie looks and flows. Perhaps too major a role. What does Nolan have against skyscraper architecture? We get the same collapsing buildings and flipped cars we've seen many times before, especially from him. Did he have leftover ideas from his "Inception?"
The movie's biggest failure is that after that first hour and 40-minutes, some of which is engaging, there's a too familiar 35-minute battle sequence that repeats things again and again. It becomes extremely tedious and soon bores. Director Zack Snyder takes us into "Transformers" territory, and we've already seen enough of "Transformers."
I saw the film in 3D, which is completely unnecessary. It adds nothing. It would be a waste of money to see it in 3D. It's a standard digital transfer.
People who love the classic Superman character and stories may hate how the mythology has been changed. The traditional Superman is about adventure and brightness. Nolan-Snyder's Superman revels in cliched outer space material and darkness.
Metropolis is a generic urban backdrop and the Daily Planet is mostly an afterthought. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is, absurdly, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter. Editor Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) is mostly a ghost, but not a “Great Caesar’s ghost.” He’s a dull shadow of his well-known self. There's no copyboy Jimmy Olsen. Adams's Lane becomes a kind of Supergirl, when that is, the screenwriters remember that she's a character in the film after they've hidden her during some action sequences. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are Clark’s Earthly “parents,” and there are a number of schoolchild flashbacks.