Superman---the prince of superheros....the one with the greatest powers of them all.... Young and handsome with a perfect built and appropriately caucasian white and American to boot ( why cant he be black or brown or nonamerican ?? Shh !! Dont ask silly questions !! )..... But even he has to be reinvented for the 21st century..... Gone is the underwear worn outside the body....and even the S on his chest has a new meaning---it's a symbol of hope now.... And the story of his birth and journey to the earth is more complicated now.... It's complicated by the fact that people from his original planet ( Krypton ) have come back almost from the dead to colonize the earth by wiping out the human race and replacing it with themselves.... ....And the man of steel has to choose as to whose side to take---the earthlings who gave him shelter , or the ones to whose race he belongs.... Ultimately its the power of love which prevails--the love he got from his foster parents on earth....and the love he gets from his ladylove Lois Lane.... So he chooses to fight for his adopted planet for what is right.... But though on earth he is superman , his fellow Kryptonites and their leader General Zod can fight him as equals.... So can he save the earth and it's civilization from extinction ?? Go and watch the movie for that.... The first part of the movie showing his growing up years is the better half of the movie , and is filled with sentimental moments.... His foster father ( played by Kevin Costner ) advices him to hide his powers and sacrifices his life but does now allow him to display his powers.... Yet situations do occur where he has to use and display his powers in order to save people.... And an intrepid reporter ( Lois Lane ) of Daily planet newspaper gets scent of his unearthly powers and gets on his track.... And what powers !! Power to flit from one corner of the earth to another in a jiffy..... Power to lift entire buildings as if he is lifting feathers.... Power to heal fatal wounds in seconds.... Power to fly with beautiful girls in his arms ( Aaahh !! Now why didn't I have that power ?? )..... It seems the man of steel is set for a ride to superherodom....until his fellow Kryptonites come to conquer the earth in the second part of the movie.... It is this part which does not deliver the goods... Mind you...its actionpacked all right , but the problem is that it is massively overactionpacked..... The fighting....it seems less like fighting and more like carnage at times.... ....And once the fighting starts , it's unstoppable....it veers to the point of utter destruction.... No breather is given either to superman or the villains or to the viewer..... And in the end the excessive action tires you out.... Of course , I had the pleasure of watching the movie in the full glory of IMAX 3D.... And IMAX 3D is a different experience in itself.... While I had seen movies in IMAX form separately and 3D form separately , combining the two brings special effects to full flower.... Actually the superman movie series had died out with superman 4 , and the man who played it with awkward perfection in the past ( Christopher Reeve ) was no more.... While this attempt to revive the series is not perfect , it does have its moments.... And in Henry Cavill we have a real new superman---so Christopher Reeve can sleep peacefully in his grave.... Verdict---decent enough .