Okay, I admit, I had high hopes for this one. Maybe I shouldn't, given Zack Snyder's record, but I did. But this movie thoroughly dashed my hopes. I won't mention Sociopathic! Pa Kent or the Break-Neck ending* because so many other people have already done so, but here I will lay out my grievances against this film.
First of all, when I can't enjoy the primary act of watching your movie, something's wrong. The Hans Zimmer score made me feel like someone put a metal bucket on my head and was beating me senseless. Bah! Give me the soaring John Williams score any day. Also, part of me wants to start a fundraiser to buy Zack Snyder a tripod to support his camera, because the shaky cam is terrible in this film. Apparently Zack Snyder also just recently discovered the zoom function on his camera because he kept using it at random during the never ending battle scenes.
But my primary objection to this movie is how grim it is. Grim works for Batman because that's who he is, but Superman is his opposite. Superman is a symbol of hope; Superman, despite being an alien, represents the best of us. Now I'm not saying Superman has to be all sweetness and light; he has a dark side like every hero. The DCAU managed to do great things with his character by having him struggle to do the right thing and not always succeeding. The movie pays lip service to this whole Superman being a symbol of hope thing, but really Superman doesn't do much to establish said reputation, unless you call watching him pound the shit out of a guy with a three stooges** haircut hopeful. How hopeful are the people of Earth supposed to feel after watching a godlike superhero kill another?
Now I'm not going to say the Christopher Reeves movies were perfect. There's a reason everyone wants to forget III and IV, including the people who were in it, but it did capture the spirit of the character. Oh and the Reeves films managed to do more realistic flying scenes than Man of Steel and they were just using wires and a screen.
*I didn't really like the Break-Neck ending, but in spite of everything, I do kind of see why they went with it. It wasn't like there was anything Superman could do to depower Zod or imprison him. The fact he got emotional over killing Zod but not the millions who died when Metropolis was vaporized....yeah gotta object to that.
**Seriously people, Superman has a wide rogues' gallery. Can we use villains besides Zod and Lex Luthor? A Darkseid movie, now that we have the effects to really do it the way it should be done would be awesome.