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On Man of Steel, thoughts & ruminations (Non Spoilery)

14 hours later and I… I still don't know how to react to Man of Steel. MOS is an okay movie, a good movie and it subverts superhero tropes/convention pretty HARD!!!! Infact, don't think of MOS as a typical superhero movie, it's more in the vein of a Sci-fi movie featuring Superman. Also, if Superman(1978) is your only idea or concept of superman (or worse, you are hung up on nostalgia) then it's best you avoid MOS.

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You know how every non comicbook reader (and even some comicbook readers) after reading a superhero comic goes "why the hell doesn't (insert hero) of choice just kill-shoot-leave villain to die ", well MOS is for them. It's a "grown up" aka "realistic" superhero movie. MOS doesn't hold your hand and force feed you a black and white concept of morality, this is shades of grey all around…. literally, even the color palette is grey.

And with that dark/gritty shade of grey morality comes my major gripe. I've no problem with "dark/gritty", but MOS major problem IMHO is that Superman never gets to really "shine" as a symbol of idealism/hope/optimism in this dark,dark world. There are moments of brilliance, but it's akin to a candle in a dark hallway as opposed to a powerful torch illuminating the room. Ultimately, this is a movie that will divide fans, you either love it or hate it. I simply like it. Hopefully the sequel would be more "fun"/lighter. I give it a B+.

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