(Deanna, you can watch this one. 🙂 )
Recently, my husband and I watched Man of Steel. We begged and begged until my sister and brother-in-law agreed to let us borrow it for the weekend. Snuggled up on the couch, surrounded by goodies we probably shouldn’t be eating, we watched Man of Steel.
Now, a little background: my husband’s favorite superhero is Superman. Let me put that in perspective. My husband is a quality man. He has two favorite ‘bands’: Metallica and Beethoven. He almost never reads fiction – Lord of the Rings being his exception. He speaks highly of only a small handful of video games. He watches few movies. Now, this isn’t to say that he doesn’t enjoy many good gifts of the Lord, but he is very careful to guard what he loves. His love is reserved for only the best of the best. I’m a little freer with my love of the arts. I enjoy lots of different music, read fiction all the time, and love a range of different movies. But, I can at least agree with him, that what he loves is some of the best, of the best, of the best, with honors, sir!
To say my husband’s favorite superhero is Superman, means he thinks Superman is the best of all the Superheroes. He enjoyed the Avengers. He enjoyed Batman. But Superman is his favorite. Why, you ask? Because Superman is Good. He is good. He does the right thing. Always. But, more than being just plain good, Superman is innocent. He is innocent in a very appealing, charming, wholesome way, which makes you want to be a better person. It’s not that he’s naive or unaware, he just doesn’t grovel in it. He is the kind of Superhero that drives you to be better than you are. (This is the great beauty of fantasy stories. They have a great power to communicate truth and to encourage you in the belief that sin is ugly and goodness is beautiful. A well-written fantasy like Lord of the Rings helps you see how attractive good and light is!) Superman is also unapologetically American. They didn’t focus on this as much in the new movie as the old cartoons and movies, but it was still there. Superman is Truth, Justice and the American Way…even in a society that doesn’t really understand what that means any more.
As we watched Man of Steel, I kept glancing at my Husband’s face to see if he was enjoying it or hating it. The last Superman movie was such a huge disappointment. It totally missed everything Superman embodies. It forgot he is good, innocent, and better than petty human selfishness. It didn’t spur you to be good, it encouraged your more subtle sinfulness. Man of Steel was much better. Superman was good, wise, purposed, self-sacrificing, loving, strong, and brave. He was everything a mother would want her son to be. He was everything a woman should find attractive in a man. (And, he even captured a few of Christopher Reeves’ looks.) My husband was grinning from ear to ear by the end of the movie.
So, for some wholesome, fun, stand-up-and-cheer storytelling, watch Man of Steel. It got two thumbs up from my Husband. This is a great movie to share with the little boys and girls of all ages in your family. 🙂