I'd like to begin with an apology: Sorry, y'all! Meant to post it on Friday! Being at home throws my schedule off, and my Internet access cuts off at nine o'clock, no joke.
We open with the haunting strain of Johnny Williams’ music, and the image of a curtain opening, a la Moulin Rouge
, only without the tiny figure of the orchestra conductor, or the avant garde yet schmaltzy combination of pop music and cliché love stories, or the singing dwarfs. The curtain opens to reveal a movie screen in the classic Academy ratio, a fake projector hums, and the words “JUNE 1938” appear. Oh great, I’m confused about the movie’s timeline, and we’re not into the opening credits yet. A kid pages through an edition of “Action Comics!” as the niño’s voice artlessly recites: “In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis [imaginative name for a city, by the way—why not ‘Cityville’?] was not spared the ravages of the world-wide depression. In the times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet
, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis.” Whoa, these were the comics in the 1930s? International economics? Complex sentence structures? Hard words? The camera moves through a panel of the comic to center on a model of the Daily Planet
building, complete with the globe and the spinning thing at the top, the past the moon toward the background of stars.( Collapse )