The "mixed" reviews surrounding the debut of the new motion picture franchise "Man Of Steel" are both amusing and disgusting.
The film is without question the greatest Super Hero film of the modern era, maybe of all time.
The story line is all heart, the special effects are more seamless than anything in recent memory. In this epic you constantly find yourself caught up in this heart wrenching story about a kid, who while struggling to figure out who he is in narrative flashbacks, simultaneously sees the evidence of good and evil all around him, and knows he must somehow make a difference.
True Superman fans will sense the authenticity not seen in a Superman effort since perhaps the original writers came up with the concept, and new comers to the story will be caught up and whisked away in the classic parable.
The reviewers that, perhaps broadly oppose the mere values and messages of the Superman story, will of course find flaws with it. It doesn't bow to the alter of political correctness. There are perhaps (at most) two obscenities in the entire script, and the story is completely absent of nudity, sex, or other moral envelope pushing. Yes in the modern film industry, the creators have done the unthinkable. They garnered the talents of Christopher Nolan and Zack and Deborah Snyder, made a completely acceptable film for the family, allow it to tell its authentic story, and don't much seem to care what the critics or the academy think. This film deserves consideration for best picture.
"Man Of Steel" without question will be the number one money maker at the box office for the year.
We could point to any number of reasons why this film works, but perhaps one of the most offensive things to critics, but by far is of singular importance to the film in ways that few will dispute, is Clark's two dads.
Clark Kent/Kal-El a.k.a. Superman, has not one but two men of distinct honor, fidelity, integrity, and moral uprightness that speak into his life in the narrative. Portrayed by Russell Crowe (as his father from Krypton) and Kevin Costner (as the moving Jonathan Kent), the father figures in the film portray far more than what the American entertainment complex usually allows men--especially fathers--to exhibit.
These men are pillars in their families. They both make decisions that consistently demonstrate provision and protection for those in their care, and unapologetically they lead their families--with humility--to make decisions that are not emotionally easy, but that at their core are truly just, good, and right.
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