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07 May 2007 @ 09:06 am
Spiderman (no real spoilers)  
Finished playing Pokemon (finally winning the championship after like five failed attempts) saturday morning and was pleased to find that (rather than atrophying) my brain was eager to go right back to working on my novel.

Then went to see Spiderman, which had some really fun action sequences, but (and here I agree with every kid that was in the theater with us) there was too damn much talking! "Blah, blah, blah, I have feelings! Why doesn't anybody care about my feelings?" Oh, I don't know, maybe because you're Spiderman and you're supposed to be swinging around and fighting bad guys?

I also thought it was kind of a mess director-wise. The plot was all over the place and brimming over with unnecessary characters, zany coincidences, and breakneck tonal shifts. I can only assume that Raimi was thinking "Ok, in this scene, we're going to do a homage to The Mask and then we're going to shift gears right into a homage to the Tim Burton Batman movies, then it's back to screwball comedy for...." Normally that sort of thing doesn't bother me so much but in this case it just seemed really obvious, like they were taking shortcuts to coming up with a story.

That said, Topher Grace and Bryce Howard were a lot of fun to watch, but then they were in a whole other movie (a better movie) than Tobey and Kirsten were. And it was nice to see James Franco smiling for a change.

Listening to: Luna - "California (All the Way)"
RoseSeuleroseseule on May 7th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
As a LONG time reader of the Spoider-Man comic, it is usually about Peter Parker whining about something or other. From the earliest issues, he woudl belly ahce about not havign money for rent, girl trouble or Aunt May having her 123rd heart attack. That's what set him apart from the other heroes of the time, who would have tight super-hero plots and inventive ways to beat the villian....Spidey was a soap opera.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
That's very true, of course, but it's tricky to pull off that kind of soap opera outside of a ongoing, episodic medium (such as comics or tv). Films have their own requirements for pacing and I think the soap opera hurt this film's efforts to be an action film.

Of course, maybe I'll feel differently when I see it on DVD without a hundred kids crying through the talking bits.
The Mud Puppy: Exposedmudpuppy83 on May 7th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I already posted my thoughts on my journal, but there was a definite feeling that Sam Raimi just didn't care this time around. And here I was excited to see the "Written by Sam Raimi & Ivasn Raimi & Alvin Sargent" credit. Too bad that seeing Sam & Ivan as the screenwriters apparently no longer guarantees quite the same quality.

It was just a huge step down from Spider-Man 2...I mean, good God, that amnesia subplot!

And yet I will still be buying it on DVD.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Heh... after he remembered, I kept waiting for him to hit his head and suddenly forget again. I think Peter was too.
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on May 8th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
I was hoping he bribed the hospital staff to claim he had amnesia so he could continue his evil actions. No such luck, though.
Pallaspallasathene8 on May 7th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
I was going to go see it Saturday, but you know, tornado warnings. The people who were there got sent home halfway through the movie and didn't even get their money back. I don't expect I'll like it, but I don't expect I'll get out of eventually seeing it anyway.