After long months, I have finally sat down and watched “Man of Steel”. Due to a number of issues, I was unable to make it to the premier for which I had waited in line at Walmart to score tickets. Problems in the ‘real world’ (aka work) kept me in the office, so my dear wife Mrs. Snackpants went to see it with her friends, while I slaved away at the office. When she came home from my office, she launched into the greatest nerd rage I have ever seen from her (besides when I give her a hard time about Firefly). She loudly proclaimed, “It was a movie about something, but it sure as hell wasn’t Superman!” I was so very proud of my wife at that moment… to understand that while something could be decent film, it could be the worst film for a particular property/character/etc. She understood what was important to a Superman film.
I know there has been quite a bit written about how bad this film was, but I want to address one major point…
When Richard Donner had Jonathan Kent (played by the great Glenn Ford) die, it was from a heart attack. A silent killer that Clark had no way to prevent, even with all of his superpowers. It taught Clark that there were certain things in this world he cannot control, and he would have to deal with that on a daily basis.
When Zack Snyder attempts the same lesson for Clark (we WON’T even get into the terrible death of Jonathan in Man of Steel), he teaches him something I thought I would never see in a Superman film. Clark learns that the only way to control the situation to eliminate what he cannot control. He kills Zod… Violence is Snyder’s solution…
I should have been just as upset with Clark’s killing of Zod as I was with Optimus Prime’s need to take a life in the first Transformers film, but I just did not care at that point.
This film, while visually stunning, lacked any heart. Something that the 1978 Donner Superman had in spades. How can Geoff Johns, a man who was given his big break by Richard Donner himself, allow this film to have the Superman moniker on it at all? In the end it can be simply put…
Crowe is no Brando, Costner is no Ford, Cavil is no Reeve, and Snyder is not even worthy to be compared to Donner.
Yesterday’s post made me realize I really need to update this much more often… but I also got an email from DC Entertainment today.
I have already 300+ hours in Borderlands 2… I really need to write something about that, and my Raspberry Pi experience (along with Xbian and OpenELEC), and my 2 Asus Tablets I have had since i wrote last about android tablets, and my opinions on Dredd, and how I don’t buy comics any longer, and my visit to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, especially after I recently read my previous blog post about it.
I just need to write… and stuff. I haven’t been complaining enough on the internet, though reading my older posts… I really am more 50/50 in my internet writing. My negative writing is just much more ‘colorful’.
1. Die Hard – Ho Ho Ho, now I have a machine gun!
(NSFW video… BUT AWESOME.)
For those of you just tuning in, here’s the complete list from my blog and Tom Croom’s blog.:
1. Die Hard
2. Lethal Weapon
3. Die Hard 2
4. A Muppet Family Christmas
5. Holiday Inn
6. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Die Hard 2 – “Just once, I’d like a normal Christmas!”
5. Holiday Inn – Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, the first appearance of “White Christmas” and the start of the Holiday Inn chain. Having recently been on a permanent stay in a Holiday Inn Express, Joey thinks it’s damn smart!
Joey Snackpants and Tom Croom have decided to bring you some holiday cheer by counting down their favorite holiday movies… Merry Christmas, and we apologize in advance for the imminent mental anguish.
Note the complete lack of ANY mention of “Disney” in the preview.