And then, about 20 minutes in, they decided to skip character development and go for every plot point about which they had a even a fleeting thought. Costner’s character isn’t given enough attention. Indeed, either is Clark.
Which might not have bothered me so much if Adams’ Lane had been been developed. But she wasn’t either. She was just another plot device, and a poorly written and used one at that. Which also translated to poorly acted. There was simply no chemistry between she and Cavill’s Superman.
The action scenes were choppy. The filmmakers wanted so badly to show speed that they moved the characters through so much air space so quickly that I often had a hard time following who was doing what to whom.
Some of the effects were great.
Director Zach Snyder and Producer/Writer Christopher Nolan tried to go for the same sort of gritty, dark and philosophical vein that Nolan’s Dark Knight films captured. I don’t know if Superman lends itself as well to that concept as does Batman. Even if he does, they didn’t execute it as well in this one.
Which is to say I was never truly gripped by this flick. I was never truly invested. Mostly I was just bored. This year alone, I have enjoyed at least two action flicks (Iron Man 3 & Jack the Giant Slayer) more.