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Child, child, have patience and belief, for life is many days, and each present hour will pass away. Son, son, you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul - but so have we. You found the earth too great for your one life, you found your brain and sinew smaller than the hunger and desire that fed on them - but it has been this way with all men. You have stumbled on in darkness, you have been pulled in opposite directions, you have faltered, you have missed the way, but, child, this is the chronicle of the earth. And now, because you have known madness and despair, and because you will grow desperate again before you come to evening, we who have stormed the ramparts of the furious earth and been hurled back, we who have been maddened by the unknowable and bitter mystery of love, we who have hungered after fame and savored all of life, the tumult, pain, and frenzy, and now sit quietly by our windows watching all that henceforth never more shall touch us - we call upon you to take heart, for we can swear to you that these things pass.
Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again
Man of Steel vs. Superman

I took me a while to warm up to Man of Steel, this past summer’s blockbuster re-boot of the Superman franchise. Yes, you guessed it; I’m a huge fan of the Christopher Reeve films. On second thought, make that the first two Reeve films. Let’s forget #3 and #4 – please. I distinctly remember getting chill bumps and a lump in my throat when Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), while falling from a doomed helicopter atop the Daily Planet, is saved by the man in blue tights and red cape (fresh off his first transition from Clark to Supes). “Easy Miss. I’ve got you” says Superman. “You – you’ve got me? Who’s got you?” Lois quickly retorts. It’s a classic cinema moment that any 12-year old fan-boy in 1978 will likely ever forget.

Flash forward some thirty odd years, and a new Man of Steel arrives. This time, there were no chills, no lumps in the throat, and no witty, light banter between Superman and Lois. In this era of Dark Knight films, levity has long since gone (unless you’re part of the Marvel universe). 

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While the visuals were impressive, it took several viewings before the movie finally made some sort impact on me. The cast was fine. It was just…well…different. No, I’m not talking about the disappearance of the red underwear on the outside of his costume. This version was darker in tone – and even violent. The big battle between the Kryptonians resulted in the (almost total) destruction of Smallville and Metropolis; something the Richard Donner films never came close to.

After several viewings, I did find some of the smaller moments between Clark and his earth parents, Jonathan and Martha, effective. And overall, the 2+ hour film went by rather fast; which in my ADD world means I’m interested. 

While Christopher Reeve will always embody the Superman I grew up with, I find myself finally willing to let Zack Snyder tell his updated story about one of my all-time favorite superheroes.

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What’s so wrong with peace, love, and a happy ending? Now, before I get started, get your mind out of the gutter. This blog involves no oriental massage parlors or any not-so-discreet groping of the no-nos.

I rarely like films that don’t end nicely. I always hear, “well, it was like life.” Yes, but I didn’t pay $10.50 to see someone die miserably or a couple parting ways. I want my ending happy, dammit. One of my favorite endings of all-time has to be An Officer and a Gentleman. There’s nothing better than when Richard Gere walks into that factory, kisses Debra Winger, picks her ass up, and walks out. You can give me that ending over, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn”, any day of the week.

Why? That’s what I want! I want my own ending to be happy. If I die in a bed alone mumbling something about Rosebud, would someone please kill me again? I want to be surrounded by people talking about the way I lived, the adventures I had, the true love I found, and even when I was handed shitake, I made it smell like roses.

That’s the way I like my movies. That’s the way I want my life


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