The part I loved in Man of Steel was the visual effects in the first 30 minutes or so, of the city and technology on Krypton. Everything gray and shaped by magnetic energy, and kind of a vision of the future as was seen in many 1930's films. I also liked Jor-El played by Russell Crowe. Those were the parts that stood out for me.
I didn't mention it before, but the 300: Rise of an Empire sequel was also good.