I loved this movie so much I want to absorb it, Borg-style. It’s easily my favorite film of the year so far and by far. If it weren’t for the last twenty minutes of this excellent film, I’d probably label it perfect, but of course, it’s not.
But it’s fantastic. Dare I say, super?
I never really liked the Superman saga because he was a little too perfect. A little too goody-goody. And because no one recognized him when he wore glasses.
He bored me. Sure, he angsted over not being able to tell Lois who he really was. And as Superboy he angsted over not being able to tell people things too.
But something was always missing. And in this movie, we find out what we always knew – it’s tough being an extraterrestrial on a provincial planet. It sucks knowing that if people knew who and what you were they would seek to destroy you, even if who and what you are is a hero.
Plus, his parents were destroyed cataclysmically before he could ever really meet them. It bothered him in previous iterations, sure, but did it bother him enough? Not until now.
In other words, Superman always should have been the most tormented of the superheroes, yet he was always the most superficial.
MAN OF STEEL changes all that. Now I can respect Kal-El/Clark in a way I couldn’t when he was too superficially perfect. And the old version was glib as well! Yes, I know my favorite superhero IRON MAN is glib too, but he earned it. Now that Superman has depth, he actually isn’t glib at all. He’s solid as a rock. Okay, solid as steel.
So we finally have a Superman story that makes us care. And a Superman who makes us fall in love. Because honestly, did anyone ever fall in love with the movie Superman of the past? No. The closest video contender was on Smallville, and even there, all the angst was centered on: I wish I could tell everyone, especially Lana, how SUPER I am.
That’s my favorite thing about MAN OF S
This movie transforms the myth, at least in my eyes.
So here we are in 2013, and so far, I’d say IRON MAN III was good, but not as good as the other two.
You should see it. And see it with an open mind. The critics seem to focus on the strangest things in regard to this movie. For example, most of the criticism accuses it of being too dark, whereas seriously, it was always too light, too silly, in the past. So darkening it up makes sense to me. They also talk about too many explosions, et cetera. Really? As much as I agree that the final blast-em-up scenes made me yawn, I feel that way about almost every action movie from the last two years.
And not romantic enough? Sheesh, for once I feel like there was a real connection between Clark and Lois, not the silly “I love you when you’re in your underwear but not when you're in a suit, and I love you when you save me” basis for true love in the older versions. Also, I appreciate it that the new Lois doesn’t get the vapors every time she looks at his muscles, because seriously, either she’s a professional or she’s not. (I’m looking at you, Uhura of Star Trek II.)
Other big surprises of the positive variety: (1) I loved Russell Crowe in this and I didn’t think I would. I broke up with him a while back, so it’s fun to love him again. (2) Fleshed-out villains!! (3) A fortress of solitude that actually makes sense. (4) Amy Adams in a role that doesn’t just say: “Isn’t she adorable, and so feisty too?”
Minor quibbles: (1) Kal? Over and over again? Not Kal-El? Even though Jor-El is never referred to as Jor? (2) hmm, I have a few more, but seriously, this movie is awesome, so never mind.
I’m still trying to decide if this movie is honestly great, or if it’s just soooooo, soooo much better than preceding Superman movies.
I will give Christopher Nolan his due – he made me appreciate Batman, who always seemed like a pretender. And now he has made me see the awesomeness that is Superman.
I’m so grateful.
p.s. I saw this a couple of weeks ago, and I saw Star Trek the Wrath of Yawn a while back too. I just didn't have time to post because of a new job (and general laziness).
- Current Mood: chipper