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[ Film ] It's a bird - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
[ Film ] It's a bird
Finally got around to watching 'Man of Steel'. I liked the first ten minutes a lot. Thereafter I found it rather tedious, the whole god-bless-america-beware-the-aliens turning at the end into a sort of Godzilla movie. One of the few moments that made me sit up was a rather tiny detail, I'm sure put there on purpose: at some point when the military raise an alarm, the man behind the military computer workstation is Felix Gaeta. This was hardly a minute after Helo (also of BSG) has a five second cameo. I'm sure there were other quotes or references to classic sci-fi that I missed. On the whole, entertaining but not engrossing and at times, as I said, rather tedious. The characters, how to put it, are not alive.

I have to say that I do like the general mythos of the super-hero, having grown up on Mexican translations of DC Comics (featuring Luisa Lane, Pedro White, Jaime Olsen, etc) and the 1950's George Reeves TV Superman. I am aware of the many questionable sides to these myths -perhaps more from the point of view of someone, like me, coming from a part of the world where the very noxious idea of the Strong Man Who Is Going to Get Us Out Of This Mess still looms large. Not only there, mind -just see Putin in Russia, fighting bears bare handed and bare chested or whatever it is he does. What the world needs least is a Superman, I suspect. I still like immersing in that fantasy, though -but this movie didn't quite manage to do that for me, beyond the initial ten minutes.


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androktone From: androktone Date: March 16th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree with everything you say there, with the added observation that in the flashback when Superman was a child, he presented very much like autism - which I think is a modern interpretation, I don't remember anything like that from comics I read as a child.

The children were amused and bemused by it. "Mum," they said, "He's so *good* it's painful." They're used to edgier, more damaged and conflicted characters and superman is pretty one dimensional.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: March 16th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, interesting, yes; I hadn't thought of that angle -and Clark does seem to be autistic in the movie. And you're right, I don't remember anything like that in the comics.
kruku From: kruku Date: March 19th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of the mainstream superhero stories are recycled and certainly toe the line of not offending the industrial-military complex. You wont see Superman unearthing the law-breaking practices of frackers and bringing them to justice or even the supposed radicals like Green Arrow.
However it is possible to find good superhero stories. But they tend to exist on the fringes of mainstream comic publishing, often as graphic novels. If anyone is interested in good superhero stories I'd start them off with The Authority; Justice League the way it should have been done. If the whole mainsteam superhero thing leaves you cold you could do worse than check out Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan @ http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/ It's not the best around but it's OK & it's free :)
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