Mostly spoiler-free for your enjoyment. But for the truly spoilerphobic:
My wife and I saw SR in a beautiful new theatre in Oklahoma City’s awesome Bricktown urban revitalization development. (I know – “awesome” and “beautiful” in the same sentence as “Oklahoma City”. Sue me, the place rocks.)
Short review: Eh.
The cast: Brandon Routh is pretty good as Superman; I predict he’ll grow into the role well. Kevin Spacey is compelling as Lex Luthor; there’s an anger and an intensity that Gene Hackman couldn’t manage – but Hackman’s funnier, saner Luthor also fit into the Superman universe better than Spacey’s performance. It will be hard for them to work around Spacey in the future. Parker Posey as Luthor’s moll appears to have gotten lost on the way to her plastic surgeon’s office and never found her way out. Whichever refugee from high school drama class played Lois Lane, they should replace with someone who doesn’t look 17, and who can act. The kid playing Lois’ kid was OK. Cyclops did a competent job of playing Lois’ new beau.
The plot: lame, full of holes, uncompelling. Big omission: Kal El’s visit to the ruins of Krypton could have been a major emotional tie-in for the audience – instead it’s elided offscreen and all we get to see of it is a reprise when Superman lands on Lex Luthor’s Kryptonian island. Another dumb move: Superman returns to Earth in a Kryptonian spacecraft again. Why? Did he use one to go back to Krypton, too? Why? The guy can fly in space unassisted; whats he need a big bobble-toy for? And where’d he get it? And why was he collapsing and weak when he got back to Earth?
The SFX: pretty good but a little bit too dreamy and clean, especially the Superman-flying-through-space-as-Jesus bits, which got old fast. One scene with a bullet flattening itself and bouncing off of Superman’s eye was pretty cool, though.
(See? You could have just read the short review.)