So I finally watched the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, last night. It was an okay, movie, I guess, nothing really spectacular.
While I was watching I kept mentally comparing it to the original movie from 1978. I have never read the comics so I have no other point of reference. The differences between the stories didn’t bother me much. They obviously had to make it a little bit different otherwise there wasn’t much point in making the movie. That being said, however, there were some things in this movie that just didn’t make sense to me.
*If you have not seen the movie and do not want spoilers, please discontinue reading at this point.
First, Superman’s dad, Jor-El, is a scientist. He knows Krypton‘s planetary core is destabilizing and will break apart very soon. That’s great, except, what need does a scientist have for that fancy armor he has? And why does a scientist know how to fight so lethally? And that creature he was flying on reminded me too much of Avatar.
In the closing moments of the movie, there is a flashback scene to a time when Clark was a child. His father is working under the hood of a pick up truck, but stops when he sees young Clark running around with his puppy, a red cape flowing behind him. Now, I wore capes when I was a child. I was one of those kids who would tie my towel around my neck after a shower and pretend it was a cape. That was because of Superman. When Clark is a child Superman doesn’t exist. Who is he emulating? Where did he get this idea?
The climax of this movie, as most superhero movies tend to do, takes place in New York City. It is never referred to as New York CIty in the movie (I think), but it’s New York. During the grandiose battle between Superman and Zod, multiple skyscrapers are knocked to the ground. I realize that this is just a movie. I also realize that beings of supernatural might would wreak this type of destruction were they to battle in a metropolitan sprawl such as New York City. It just struck me as a tad insensitive to have New York City skyscrapers tumbling to the ground so relatively soon after 9/11.
The last thing which perplexed me was the final scene, when Clark is hired on at the Daily Planet. But Twindaddy, don’t you know anything about Superman? Clark works for the Daily Planet, you tool! Yes, reader, you are undeniably correct, but hear me out. In this movie, Clark spends his years after school as a drifter. He holds a multitude of jobs under an assortment of false identities. If he goes to college at all it is not mentioned nor shown in this movie. So on what merits does the Daily Planet hire him? Why on Earth would a respectable news organization hire a 33-year old man with only a high school education and no work history?
Some of you may be nodding your head along while reading my points. Others of you will be shaking your head and thinking I’m over-analyzing the movie. Either reaction is fine with me. These are just the thoughts I was left with after watching the movie. Overall, I did enjoy the movie. The acting was decent enough and the action was plentiful. There was also some humor sprinkled in, which was refreshing. The CGI could have been a little better, but it was believable enough.
I think the movie is worth a watch, if nothing else. I think I still prefer the original 2 movies, but that may be just because I grew up loving them.