I thought we got enough pauses in the action. After the big Smallville fight, Superman visits his mother and they have a touching moment together. And after the final battle, Superman and Lois have some nice moments together before his battle with Zod begins. I just didn't feel these battles went on too long at all (and I'm one who completely zoned out during the TF2 and TF3 battles, and during the nonstop action of the Pirates sequels). The only real complaint I have is how so much of it was done with CG digital doubles. I would have loved to have seen more action at normal speed mixed in (or even in slo-mo) with the actual actors. I don't think it's that. I'm 39, grew up on the Donner movies and Silver Age comics, and I absolutely adored the movie. And I suspect there's plenty more here like me.