I saw a screening of MOS last night. I thought it was great. A new take on the Superman hero. I don't understand the critics on this one, much like the panning of John Carter, and when I say panning I mean hit job. John Carter is a perfect example of a good movie (not great) that got destroyed by unfair reviews. And from the looks of it, it's happening to MOS.
But, I thought that MOS moved great, it was great pacing, it knew it was a superhero movie, not a drama or a comedy or a rom-com or whatever else. It knows it's a comic book superhero movie . Doesn't pretend to be anything else. Solid acting, great action scenes and the emotional moments don't beat you over the head and sit there uncomfortably long. Crowe is awesome as Jor-El, Cavill is equally great as Kal and Amy Adams is the perfect Lois Lane. Michael Shannon as Zod is very impressive and imposing, a definitive threat, in other words, a great Zod. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are also equal to the rest of this cast and round it very well.
The Story: It goes over the Kal-El journey to earth from boy to man, in a new, exciting way, and I have not seen this on film. Comic book possibly, but not on film. The character arc of Kal satisfies and surprises. How he builds relationships and how he figures it all out is interesting. The Zod threat is a THREAT, not a weak man with a diabolical plan, but A REAL THREAT!
Effects/visuals: Awesome. the set design and the Kryptonian Metalurgy Technology is truly inspired. I love the scene where so and so (No spoilers, so no names) is explaining their history. The background, like an old school black and white movie complete with moving solid set pieces, breathtaking. and The fight scenes are great.
Overall: A great movie that I can't wait to watch again on a giant IMAX screen. The 3D, don't worry about it. For a 2 1/2 plus hour move, it moves really fast and never feels dull or boring. Exciting, engaging and a new way to tell a very old story. Great Superman Movie.
And...watch out for that satellite.