Review: Man of Steel

Dennis R. Upkins

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In the song All I Really Want, Alanis Morissette has one of my favorite lyrics of all time:

And I am fascinated by the spiritual man. I am humbled by his humble nature.

So Tuesday I caught Man of Steel. Going in I knew I didn’t know what to think about this film as I heard strong opinions on both sides.

The verdict?

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7 thoughts on “Review: Man of Steel

  1. He doesn’t have the luxury to be fallible.

    This, to me, is the essence of what makes Superman interesting for me. Superman actually has the ability to force people to do what he thinks is right, so that opens up some really interesting and relevant questions about how we use the power we have.

    Also, Faora was WAY cooler than Zod. Calm, focused, powerful, and deadly.

      • Homegirl won’t no joke! Even with superpowers, girl fought dirty! And she’s got that thing that makes me swoon. That It Factor that Regina and all the other women I love have got.

  2. This review is actually quite encouraging for when I go see the film tomorrow. Laurence Fishburne IMHO adds a touch of awesome to any movie he’s in, so I’m glad his role was good. And I agree that Perry White needs a bigger role in the sequel. You raise some good points that Superman, as this Godlike, Messianic figure does have problems with how to use power effectively.

    In that sense it’s easy to see why Siegel and Schuster originally intended him as an analogy to Moses: possessed of great power, even Godlike power with a capital G, he uses that power for the good of all humanity, even though he himself is not human. When easily able to see himself as Superior, he simply sees himself as a champion of what is right and good.

    “And even though he is the Other, even though he has the complexion for the protection, Superman still has white privilege to protect him. Because trust, as much as that illegal immigrant Kryptonian is the other, if he were anything other than of the caucasian persuasion, then he would’ve been deemed a bigger threat than Zod.” <-And this right here is Truth with a capital T.

  3. I don’t watch a lot of superhero films (superhero genre has just pissed me off so many times over and over and over again – and I think there’s more chance of there being Harry the Happy Hitler impersonator on these shows than GBLT people) so will probably skip this – but I’m glad to see some major positives

    Beyond Henry Cavill’s beautifil beautiful face of course (I licked him, he’s mine). More thought going into this genre is definitely needed

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