Originally Posted by charl_huntress
Then unfortunately you watched the wrong movie because that is what they were going for.
Also, he was traveling for a specific reason. He was looking for evidence of UFOs and stuff like that. He also he had to move a lot because whenever he used his powers then he had to go. Simple.
That wasn't addressed onscreen.
It was a coincidence that he was at the same bar as the military officers talking about the crashed ship. He wasn't actively researching his origins and seeking clues out. If he was, it wasn't established well in the few scenes they provided.
Originally Posted by The Guard
It's not about logic, though. It's about suspension of disbelief and the beauty/inherent sadness/relevance of someone being overlooked because most people can't or don't look below the surface of a person. That's always what the concept has been about.
It has never been about LOGICALLY being able to fool people with a pair of glasses, a different hairstyle, slouching, etc.
And you can apply logic to anything. That doesn't invalidate the strength of the actual concept as a storytelling device.
As for them not doing anythng with it...Clark Kent in that final scene didn't exactly scream "Superman" to me. So I think they did "do something" with it, albeit in a more subtle sense than we're historically used to. We just haven't seen Clark's whole "plan" for blending in. Which makes sense, since that sequence is essentially just a tease to say "See, Clark has a plan for blending in".
There has to be a logic within the context of the film's own universe though, as to how the disguise works and how the other characters are fooled by it.
Without that, it's hard to perceive the other characters as anything more than idiots. There needs to be Donner's concept of verisimilitude. At least in the sense of there being a logic to the disguise within the context of the MoS world, even if it's harder to swallow in our own real world.