This last Saturday, I went to see 'Man of Steel' at the theatres. I thought it was wonderful and was boasting to my cousin how beautifully it was done and he told me rottentomatoes gave it a pretty bad tomato. This is one time I am going to say, FORGET ROTTENTOMATOES!
Here's why Man of Steel gave me braingasms (Spoilers ALERT!):
1. In one of the scenes when Clark was being bullied, you see he was reading Plato's Republic. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough in my opinion. Superman is the ideal man. He is more than a man. Infact, from the movie you might just consider him to be a perfect man. This is where it gets interesting... in Plato's Republic, you read what happens if a "perfect just man" existed. What would the world do to such a man?
The just man, then, as we have pictured him, will be scourged, tortured, and imprisoned, his eyes will be put out, and after enduring every humiliation he will be crucified, and learn at last that in the world as it is we should want not to be, but to seem, just.
According to Socrates in Plato's Republic, if such a man existed, we would reject him. In Man of Steel, you repeatedly see Clark's earthly father worrying that they would reject Clark. Clark is always covering his tracks for the fear that the world will reject him. And then fantastically, you see him reading Plato's Republic! I wonder if he was reading the very passage that we are discussing here. This subtle layered approach in the movie really gave me braingasms.
2 .I liked the juxtapositioning of determinism vs free will in the movie. To be truly human, free will is imperative. For Clark to be truly an ideal man, free will is necessary. In contrast, General Zod is a product of determinism.
3. Superman being handcuffed and being escorted by police is a very Christian image of Jesus giving himself to Roman soldiers. In both the cases they do this by their own volition and not because of the force.
Joe-El's statement would be something would come right out of the Bible. Lara Lor-Van's statement comes true in life of Christ.
5. All systems of belief should answer these four questions: Origin (where do I come from), Meaning (why am I here), Morality (how do I differentiate between right and wrong), Destiny (Where am I going?)
You see Clark struggling with questions of Origin, Meaning and Morality in the movie. I think the director of this movie has done a fantastic job of making Superman a human as well as more than a human figure. I think this movie deserves more than paltry 50% that RottenTomates awarded.