Originally Posted by Racer Morose
I think that poster means that many of us were used to the classic Pa Kent who helped Clark to find his way of doing good. Costner's version, as well acted as i think it is, literally discouraged his son of doing so all he could. first, questioning the notion that saving people is more important and then dying so Clark wouldn't expose his powers, which most Smallville knew anyways.
So let's say you have an alien boy as a son, do you teach him "just go ahead and unleash yourself all the time Clark, the world is really understanding of this sort of thing, get ready for the talk show circuit with Ellen and Oprah".
I mean seriously, no parent is prepared for this, and they did what they thought they should and that shone throughout the film and underpinned all of his subsequent actions, even to the very easy acceptance of his heritage when talking to Jor-El. He was so willing to fall into the first answer he got because he never had any ones before.