Quote: “It’s hard not to think that Superman isn’t the only one here with a savior complex.” Manola Dargis in a New York Times film review.
Figure of Speech: apophasis (a-PAH-pha-sis), the not-to-mention figure.
The new Superman movie is getting mixed reviews, which is easy to understand given the character’s strong-man-in-tights schizophrenia. But Dargis points out that the movie’s makers pad Superman’s job description. Besides keeping the world safe from Kevin Spacey, the S-Man has the additional, more tiresome chore of saving humankind from its own sins. In case anyone misses the Super-Passion theme, one scene has our hero suspended in mid-air with arms outstretched like the J-Man Himself.
Figaro could say that the Times shows some nerve accusing another medium of pretentiousness. But he won’t.
Snappy Answer: “So Lois Lane is Mary Magdalene, but who does Judas? Jimmy Olsen?”