Despite what many people think, movie critics don't typically go to a movie hoping to hate it. We sit in the dark, maybe with notebooks out, but rarely with figurative knives out. We're there in that theater because we love movies. Love them enough to make our life's work discussing them day in and day out. Still, when critics don’t like a movie, we're decried for being smug, esoteric party-poopers who don't know how to enjoy anything. The wrath from the movie-going public is especially boisterous when critics dislike a tent pole release.
This week, critics found themselves divided on Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel. At present the pic has a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here at Cinema Blend, Eric praised the action-adventure, giving it four stars in his review. On the other hand, the closest I chose to come to reviewing it was this tweet:
Admittedly, I am Cinema Blend's "Superman skeptic." I've never really seen the appeal of the Boy Scout in a cape. So maybe Man of Steel just wasn't for me, right? Well, I would have agreed with you until I read an unexpected review from a Superman devotee who didn't just dislike Man of Steel, he felt betrayed by it.
When I asked for Superman fans to give me suggestions for what comics or movies I should read/watch to at long last be won over by the Supes, chief among them was a comic called Superman: Birthright. So, this movie review penned by Birthright's writer Mark Waid caught my eye. I'll warn you up front, the full review is full of spoilers, but is a must-read as it deftly details why Waid was outraged by Snyder's take on Superman.
This selected paragraph contains no spoilers and surmises his complaints, so if you want to avoid knowing anything about its plot, feel free to proceed:
Reading this, I totally related to what Waid felt. I got that I was supposed to be engaged in the film's final climactic battles but (okay, now SPOILERS for Man of Steel lie ahead) like Waid Superman and Zod's battle in the midst of a city, carelessly tearing through buildings, the destruction of which automatically brings to mind the horrific images and causalities of 9/11, made me more shocked at the death toll that had to be rising than engaged Kryptons carryings on. (End of spoilers)
But Waid's main complaint comes down to Superman's final decision in his fight with Zod, one that has many fans of the hero calling foul. I won't specify what, but I will share Waid's response. This excerpt has been edited to make it spoiler-free. But if you've seen Man of Steel, you'll know exactly what he's referring to.
As someone who has felt that way on several occasions while watching a movie I'd highly anticipated, I got you, Waid. I got you.
Staff writer at CinemaBlend.
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