Never quite goes as batshit crazy as the first half hour promises, and the exceptional cast are largely squandered, but for a big unnecessary Hollywood franchise this is refreshingly different enough in large parts. I
That said, it is horribly inconsistent in style and tone, and we've finally found something that Jessica Chastain can't do, namely a Scottish* accent. At least not with the dialect coaching she got on this production.
Oh, and the action is largely terrible.
I'd better stop now or another star is coming off...
* Or is it Irish? Who knows, it's all over the shop.
With MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder confirms that he's a stylistic magpie whose guiding principle appears to be 'what's the coolest looking thing to do?' at any given moment. He has a poor grasp of storytelling, no sense of drama & is tone deaf with regards to actors' performances. The Superman-as-first-contact story is a good idea, but poorly executed. Structurally similar to Batman Begins it lacks the narrative momentum that carried that movie along. Goyer's dialogue is exposition heavy, witless & tin-eared. A good cast is wasted and despite a great many whizzes & bangs very little of interest actually happens.