The Movie I'm Most Worried About
This movie has been bugging me (no pun intended) for a while now. I think I can finally put those concerns into words, so here goes.
The first Spiderman movie came out right at the dawn of what I like to call the "Golden Age of Comic-Book Movies", which was kicked off (or revitalized, if you prefer) by X-Men in '99. Then came Spiderman, directed by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire. It had it's issues sure, but it was still a good movie that got a lot of things right. Spiderman 2 was a landmark Comic Book movie, the first to actually be regarded as "one of the best films of the year" by film critics, and with some of the most powerful scenes a comic book film had ever created. Spiderman 3 was admittedly where we lost our faith in Raimi and Maguire, the film had plenty of weak points that commonly overshadowed the rest of it, which was a far cry from awful in my opinion. But it made us start looking for something new, and we forgot what we already had.
The Amazing Spider-man's main flaw (for me) is that it's trying to re-create something that worked (very well I might add). They're trying to dig the floorboards out from under something they may or may not be able to rebuild. I understand that maybe they want a Spider-man who can tie in better to the extremely successful Avengers Universe, which the original trilogy wouldn't fit well with. But there's a whole lot of excellent material that we (the fans) will be expecting, and they have to confront it.
1. "With great power comes great responsibility." Has anyone not heard this line? It's iconic to Spiderman and any movie where average people are given extraordinary power. They have to try and find something to equal this; that's not easy. I'm hardly sure if it's possible to improve on something like this.
2. Iconic Scenes
Spiderman gave us the upside-down kiss in the rain. Spiderman 2 gave us one of the most (perhaps THE most) powerful scenes we'd ever scene in a Comic Book movie in the form of The Train Scene. An embodiment of the hero suffering and sacrificing every part of himself to save the people he champions. I've worked and wondered for a while now about how a comic book movie could improve on a scene like this one. I remain without an answer.
3. Tobey Maguire as Spiderman
I know a lot of you will want to argue with me about this, but I always felt that while Tobey Maguire may occasionally flounder as Peter Parker, he is a fantastic Spiderman. Young, cocky, able to turn a phrase with seemingly no effort, fighting until his armor (or suit) is ripped from him. The mask goes on, he IS Spiderman. From what I've seen so far, Andrew Garfield is going for a little more teenager-ish humor, and might be going just a little too far.
Jameson: "You! I shoulda-"
*mouth covered with web*
Spiderman: "Hey Kiddo, let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, willya?"
Spider-man: "*ahem* You know, if you're going to steal cars, don't dress like a car thief."
*Car-Thief pulls out a knife*
Spider-man: (mockingly) "Oh no! My only weakness! Small knives!"
I'm going to kinda miss the sense of maturity Maguire brought. Made his Spiderman easier to take seriously. Still, if Andrew Garfield helps us relate to Peter Parker better, that may change my opinion.
4. The Lizard
This is just nit-picking, but given the shots we've seen of their version of The Lizard, I'm a little disappointed. I grew up with the "Spiderman: The Animated Series" Lizard, always wearing that torn lab coat of his with that awesome tail and those jaws that looked like they'd fit around a car tire. A few of the shots look cool, but I really hope they don't ditch the lab-coat, or it'll be hard to tell him from a smaller version of The Abomination. Plus I miss the jaws. That was one of my main problems with their version of Venom as well. No jaws, no massive tongue, awww........
I still plan on seeing the movie with a friend of mine who is an avid comic-book fan. We'll see how it all turns out. ” - danhollow
The animated version of Horton Hears a Who did a really good job of preserving the spirit of the story. They told the story for the most part as it was written, with a few modifications and additions, but never did they stray from the main theme of the story. I'm worried this one won't.
The Lorax was a tale told almost entirely with flashbacks. It was told grimly and with penitence by the Onceler, about what we must assume to be his greatest regret, ending with his hope that others might learn from his mistakes and try to rebuild and protect what he took for granted.
The new one seems to be focusing more on the 12-year old kid the Onceler told his story to, setting aside the most important aspect of the original story; regret. The new version seems more geared towards trying to get a few laughs and maybe get the point of the story across by the end. That kind of ignorance and re-envisioning worries me.
As far as the people involved go, it's somewhat of a mixed bag. The guys behind Despicable Me do good work, and it does look well-animated. I have no real gripes about Taylor Swift or Zac Efron, as long as tween romance does not become the central focus of the movie. Ed Helms as the Onceler, that does bother me somewhat. While I like that we see him realistically (as a normal, understandable person), he doesn't seem as serious about what he's doing. I always pictured the Onceler having a voice more like an older person talking down to younglings "who shouldn't interfere with things they don't understand". like William Hurt, or someone like that. This Onceler just seems to over-the-top to ever take seriously. ” - danhollow
I was meaning to put this on my list since I saw The Lorax a couple weeks ago, but only just got around to it now.
Reasons I worry:
*Platinum Dunes is producing. Platinum Dunes is Michael Bay's production company, they are the lovely boys responsible for the remakes of Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hitcher; need I go on? Their work has a reputation for high budget, lots of CGI effects, wooden characters, and being flat-out AWFUL.
*The director is the man who has brought us such classics as Battle: LA and the new Wrath of the Titans. More high budget, more CGI, more wooden characters, possibly worse story; his involvement is not bringing my hopes up.
*Michael Bay's announcement that the Turtles will no longer be mutants; but aliens. Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles. Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it?
Why are they doing this? ” - danhollow