SHEENA BARNETT: At least the critics care

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

General Zod and Superman aren’t the only enemies out there. “Man of Steel” nearly ripped apart a friendship last week, as I’m sure it did for many across the country.
You see, I usually get along with fellow Daily Journal writer M. Scott Morris.
I’ve sat beside him for all of the seven years I’ve been here. We’ve had our fair share of getting along and getting on each other’s nerves.
We like to talk music and movies – he reviews movies for Scene every Thursday – and we can usually agree.
But hearing his favorite catchphrases, like “I’m leaving you in charge!” and “Tom Booth, you old so-and-so, how the heck are ya?” over and over can be a little much.
So we’ve had our ups and downs, but most of the time, we get along.
However, we’ve found our breaking point.
He asked me for my review of “Man of Steel,” as he knew I saw it twice in less than six hours over the weekend.
I gave him a one-handed review: thumbs up.
It was like I’d told him “Troll 2” was snubbed at the Oscars.
If you read his review in last Thursday’s Scene, you know he gave the new Superman movie an F. He ranted to me about the movie, spitting out critiques like he was spitting out nasty food.
I liked the movie, I said.
I had a few plot problems with it – the storytellers cram in an awful lot in just two and a half hours, so the movie moves quickly and unevenly – but I could understand that.
I loved the actors and thought Amy Adams was one of the best Lois Lanes I’d ever seen.
But none of my defenses could win Scott over.
Finally I told him I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the movie, just being wowed by what this new Superman could do and the power of his origin story.
He started to smart off about how I obviously didn’t think, because I liked the movie, but he didn’t. He didn’t have to; I could tell what he wanted to say.
For once in a very long time, I was pretty miffed at M. Scott.
After his review ran, friends texted me their opposing views, furious about his F.
But I’ve read more reviews for this movie than I have any other recently, and I can’t find any two reviewers – professional or fanboy – who agree. Some like it, but like it for different reasons; some hate it, but hate it for different reasons.
It’s a weird reaction to a film, but then again, I guess that could be expected when it’s about such a beloved character.
Because Superman is so beloved, people are passionate about this movie.
So I suppose I can forgive Scott and his F, even if I don’t agree with it.
At least he cares.
Now the question becomes, what did you think?
SHEENA BARNETT writes for the Daily Journal. Contact her at

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