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Friday, June 14, 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

I just came back from "Man of Steel", and to be honest, I"m kind of torn. I can't love it without serious reservations, and can't hate it without feeling like a Grinch. If you took all the best aspects of "MOS" and "Superman Returns" you's have the best Superhero movie imaginable. But if you took the worst aspects, you'd have an illogical, hyperkinetic, racist,   sacreligious, bore, simultaneously overly sentimental about the life of a single dog and callous to the death of thousands. The reality is somewhere in-between. I don't think I'll be surprised by any reaction, whether ecstatic or contemptuous. There's something for everyone...and in this case, that's a mixed blessing. I wish I was nine again, and could have stopped asking myself questions. I won't give this one a grade--somewhere between D and A depending on what you're asking from a summer entertainment. I'm glad I saw it, but I'm not entirely glad I'm glad. Yeah, I know. I'm confused sometimes. I contain multitudes. And some of them are happy. Others aren't impressed at all.


Kristi The Book Faery said...

Hmmm... I haven't seen it yet but plan to next week.

I'm a huge comic book nerd and it goes without saying that SM has played a large role in my life :o]

I'm always a tad disappointed in the movie versions of these great heroes, though... so I do get where you're coming from.

I'll let you know what I think next week!

Shady_Grady said...

Uh-oh.... I may see it tomorrow.

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B. Smith said...

I felt the same way. There were things I really liked but others left me cold.

I'm also really tired of the increasingly heavy handed religious allegories in the Superman movie mythos. We get it already. You don't need to have him take a Jesus pose before he flies away in one scene. That really took me out of the movie for a while.

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