The two main scenes that got me wereI was on the verge of tears more times than I can count.
And for me it was awe inspiring and I did get that moment.
I'm more invested in the Clark here and in 'Smallville' than I was in STM. STM had a great Superman, but a lousy Clark Kent (not 'Clark Kent') in that it rang false. I forgive it though because of the times and them not knowing about the complications that go hand-in-hnad with being an adoptee. But, I couldn't connect because it was odd how 'disneyfied' they made that part even at a very young age it was still very odd. But, as said, I can easily forgive it of that due to the time it came out and move on.
The two main scenes that got me were
1. Laura walking towards the open view of Krypton exploding from its core and she says "Make a better world than ours Kal" Combine that with fantastic violin playing, i almost lost it.
2. The scene that 100% got me was the scene of Clark running around the yard with the red cape *modeled after the fictional team The Smallville Spartans* and having Johnathan see his son like that. Combined with the solo piano riff, i lost it. Great scene. It is always dead silent when that scene plays in the theater. A well constructed scene.
I completely agree with the idea that this film is about him becoming Superman rather than him being Superman in MoS. It pretty much is laid out that was the idea throughout the film, "you will give the people of earth...", "do you have any idea how the people on this planet would react..." all questions brought up but not paid off in MoS, why? Because they are the themes of the entire story that has clearly not yet been completed.
In fact I'd be more than happy if this trilogy was all about him becoming the person we all know as Superman (basically the polar opposite of Batman as people seem to see him) not completely comedic but more lighthearted. But Clark has been through a lot of **** and he wont get over it in an hour of story. I think once the people of Earth embrace him and he himself embraces the idea of becoming Superman he should certainly be a more happier person.
In fact I'd love the trilogy to obviously consist of (obviously) Man of Steel then the second to possibly be called The Last Son of Krypton (or something similar, something that shows Clark dealing with the consequences of MoS and his life on Earth, trying to seperate balance his life between the Planet, Family and being Superman whilst obviously still being a million miles from Returns. I think it should also feature an entirely Earth based threat so a good chance for Lex and maybe the Elite, especially as Lex could use the events of MoS to skew the public's opinions of Superman)
And then the final film to simply be called Superman. No :The Movie, simply Superman. Featuring him finally fully accomplish what his father(s) what him to do, him becoming the true protector of Earth. It should also feature another other-worldly threat (Braniac?) as it would give a chance to show great development of Clark with how he deals with this threat against how he dealth with Zod.
After this the character will be fully built and IMO a perfect Superman for the World's Finest or Justice League and not an angst-ridden person who we may see if they were to suddenly shoot into Jl or WF right now.
I was crying like a baby all through Les Mis.
I also cried at the end of Beauty and the Beast.
And at the end of Tangled.
Scenes that effected me, emotional and just really really poignant:
1) Lara saying they'll never get to hear Clark say their names.
2) Lara and Jor seeing the space ship go away.
3)Lara watching Krypton explode.
4) Child Clark being scared in school and Martha needing to come to his aid.
5) Clark asking Jonathan if God did this to him. I don't see this as religious, more a link to the phrase adoptees sometimes get of 'god gave you to us.' And if God did that, he could have also caused the loss that led into that.
6) Clark telling Jonathan he just wants to pretend that he's his son.
7) Jonathan's death.
8) Clark seeing Jor-El and Jor telling him if only Lara could see him.
9) Clark asking why Jor and Lara couldn't come with him.
10) Clark returning home and telling Martha he found his parents.
11) Zod telling the people that Clark isn't one of them and never will be (fear of not really belonging in adoptee family)
12) Jor telling Clark he can save these people.
13) Clark telling Martha she can't be replaced.
14) Superman killing Zod
15) Jonathan watching Clark in the suit
16) "Welcome to the planet" - you may be an alien, but you are still one of us.
A lot really comes from having been through or wondering something similar.
The whole film just really spoke to me on a personal level.
Really...only time will tell. I know it's fun to speculate, but we really don't know. My thoughts, MOS2 will come out and be great, fans will unite in applause. Further down that road people will all of a sudden say MOS was truly the better one to counteract the universal praise of the sequel. Then MOS3 will come out and there'll be a split, one side saying best movie ever and everyone else saying its mediocre. In other words, The Dark Knight Trilogy effect.