Superheroes for fun and frolic

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February 9, 2012
Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  
Posted in Commentary

"As a story, Chronicle challenges one of the basic elements of the superhero genre: for some reason, we simply accept the idea that a person who has been given supernatural powers will automatically decide to use them for the common good. From Superman to Spiderman, superheroes have accepted the idea that they have an obligation to 'give back' to society by giving up their personal desires and happiness. Chronicle asks its viewers to consider what it would really be like if a hormone-driven, angst-laden, alcohol-addled teenager suddenly developed supernatural powers of levitation and kinesthetics." (02/08/12)  


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