Without doubt, Henry Cavill is the most muscular actor ever to play Superman. And in terms of plot, this movie is overly muscular too. Dialogue takes a definite back seat to the long action sequences. There is precious little humour either. All in all, it makes it difficult for this Superman to have much complexity or dilemma in terms of character. It is therefore difficult to empathise in any ‘human’ way about him. In fact, this film is more of a bad scifi than any sort of character-driven drama. The biggest challenge, indeed, seems to concern whether he will manage to kiss Lois Lane (played gamely by Amy Adams, although the script gives her precious little to go on) – and, believe me, it’s not a kiss worth waiting for. Are there any saving graces to the film? Well, yes, because Russell Crowe is great as Jor-El (even a dead holographic version of him) and Michael Shannon does well as General Zod, but ultimately they both upstage Superman, making him strangely overshadowed. Disappointing, for me. 6 out of 10.
Man of Steel has no appeal