Tuesday, July 2, 2013

(Related Update): Superman!

Related Update: I just ran across this review of The Man of Steel and am now more excited about it the movie than I was a couple of weeks ago when the post below appeared!  Writing at the Independent Insitute's blog The Beacon, Sam Staley says,
I have pretty low expectations for Superman movies, so I was both impressed and pleasantly surprised to find myself entertained as well as see an important pro-liberty theme embedded in the movie Man of Steel. Leaving aside problems of excessively long special effects and a few plot holes, the 2013 version of the Superman franchise casts Kal-El, aka Superman, as the last hope for individualism on Krypton and his alter ego Clark Kent the embodiment of individualism’s future on Earth.
If you're interested, check out the entire review here, though be aware, there are some plot spoilers in the article.


have pretty low expectations for Superman movies, so I was both impressed and pleasantly surprised to find myself entertained as well as see an important pro-liberty theme embedded in the movie Man of Steel. Leaving aside problems of excessively long special effects and a few plot holes, the 2013 version of the Superman franchise casts Kal-El, aka Superman, as the last hope for individualism on Krypton and his alter ego Clark Kent the embodiment of individualism’s future on Earth. - See more at: http://blog.independent.org/2013/06/18/the-pro-liberty-message-in-tman-of-steel/#sthash.xEibpFXt.dpuf
I have pretty low expectations for Superman movies, so I was both impressed and pleasantly surprised to find myself entertained as well as see an important pro-liberty theme embedded in the movie Man of Steel. Leaving aside problems of excessively long special effects and a few plot holes, the 2013 version of the Superman franchise casts Kal-El, aka Superman, as the last hope for individualism on Krypton and his alter ego Clark Kent the embodiment of individualism’s future on Earth. - See more at: http://blog.independent.org/2013/06/18/the-pro-liberty-message-in-tman-of-steel/#sthash.xEibpFXt.dpuf
I have pretty low expectations for Superman movies, so I was both impressed and pleasantly surprised to find myself entertained as well as see an important pro-liberty theme embedded in the movie Man of Steel. Leaving aside problems of excessively long special effects and a few plot holes, the 2013 version of the Superman franchise casts Kal-El, aka Superman, as the last hope for individualism on Krypton and his alter ego Clark Kent the embodiment of individualism’s future on Earth. - See more at: http://blog.independent.org/2013/06/18/the-pro-liberty-message-in-tman-of-steel/#sthash.xEibpFXt.dpuf
Original Post: The latest Superman movie is apparently doing extremely well at the box office despite getting panned by many movie critics (click here to see that at Rotten Tomatoes, the critics panned it while the public loved it).  That alone made me interested in learning more about the movie since I subscribe to the theory that if the liberals (and the vast, vast majority of movie critics lean left) don't like a movie, it most likely views the world the way I do.  So I was glad to find this excellent review from The Objective Standard blog giving it, in effect, two thumbs up.  As a consequence, it's now in my Netflix queue!  Here's a sample from TOS's post:
The film’s greatest strength is that it compellingly dramatizes its theme, the moral virtue of pride, or what Ayn Rand calls “moral ambitiousness.” Superman is a Man of Steel not only because he is nearly indestructible, but because he is a man of great strength of character. He wants to do the right thing, and he does—in contrast to the alien invaders...