Some thoughts on The Office’s run, and the finale.
There’s a reason you find that ‘S’ everywhere, from Indiana to Islamabad. There’s a reason little boys and girls still take a red blanket or towel and tuck it into the back of their shirt, thrust their arms into the air, and raise their chins to the heavens as they leap off the sofa into imagination and adventure.
Words like “realism” and “dark” and “gritty” get bandied about Hollywood as if the only merit a story can have is in its verisimilitude, but that’s a lie. Emotional honesty transcends reality; it’s what allows disbelief to be suspended, and yet what makes a story stay true. When Superman: The Movie was released, Richard Donner promised us we’d believe a man could fly. We did, but it wasn’t the wire-work alone.
Superman is precisely what we should be teaching our children. Superman inspires us to our best. I haven’t seen Man of Steel, haven’t read the script, and I’ve assiduously avoided spoilers. I genuinely don’t know if this “reality” will be present or not. I want it to be brilliant. I want it to be glorious. I want it to be inspiring. I am keeping the faith.
But that PG-13 on Man of Steel is making me nervous. I don’t know what it means. I don’t know if it’s a warning that there’s another k-shiv coming for the kidneys, or if it’s just the cost-of-doing-business, or even if it’s an MPAA-bias against all superhero violence. I don’t know if this is a genuine caution to parents, or a marketing decision aimed at a demographic too-cool for Superman’s brand of hope and idealism, yet embracing of Batman’s self-loathing rough justice, to assure them their ticket will be money well-spent. I don’t know if that PG-13 is there out of sincerity or cynicism or politics.
I just know that if you make a Superman movie you can’t take kids to, you’ve done something wrong.
A++++ to all of this
I think I posted about this when I first read this article last month, but I think this article is pure crap.
The rating is standard for any movie with realistic or cartoonish/comic book like violence.
Comic books used to be for kids. They’re not so much any more.
There are some books that are geared towards kids (I thought I wrote a post about it, but I can’t find it). There are also other things geared to kids like the animated shows and a handful of comic titles.
This movie is directed at adults.
People were pissed that Superman didn’t punch anything/anyone in Superman Returns, now this guy is pissed that the rating is PG-13 because Superman is in an all out brawl. Can’t win.
Superman is about teaching us to do the right thing, to inspire us. I think most adults need that lesson more than kids do.
Man of Steel - “Fate of Your Planet” Official Trailer [HD]
I think I just peed a little.