Superhero Movie day....
So yes I did manage to see both Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight rises this weekend. Of course, Spider-Man has been out for awhile. And the reviews have varied from calling it a fresh take to completely unnecessary rehash. I enjoyed the original Spider-Man movies, even the much maligned 3rd one, pretty much for the reasons listed here. I certainly felt a reboot wasn't necessary and certainly one made in a rush mostly to hang on to the rights to make Spider-Man movies doesn't seem like a winning formula.
And guess what? It's mostly not. There are ingredients here that have the makings of a good film-The cast overall is pretty good, especially Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, who he has great chemistry with. But by and large the script/directing is terrible, with Garfield spending half the movie with no mask on, revealing his secret identity at the drop of a hat. Rhys Ifans as Dr. Connors/The Lizard turns from sympathetic to stupidly evil with little rhyme or reason (his "master plan" is rather ridiculous, they really didn't need for him to have one, I'm pretty sure a giant lizard wreaking havoc in New York is enough of a plot), and on top of that The Lizard itself just looks terrible. Like a scaly version of The Thing from the Fantastic Four films.
So to sum up, keep hope for a good sequel, the basic components are there. Hopefully they'll have a smarter story to back them up this time (a fresher more threatening villain that hasn't been used like Kraven, for instance).
Dark Knight Rises had a hell of a lot to live up to, the finale of a trilogy that includes arguably the best superhero movie ever made and the final hauntingly brilliant performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. Could the finale possibly top it? Well the short answer is no it really doesn't. Bane just isn't as interesting a villain, which is made worse by the metal mask on his face not really allowing Tom Hardy, who is a fantastic actor, to do all that much. The really could've put any big imposing guy in there an it would've worked just as well. That being said, the big set pieces are amazing, and it's still a great finale and a great ride that does actually leave things in a way I would love to see them continue, but I seriously doubt it since they are planning to reboot in several years.
That's really all I have for today, til next time here's your BIG BANG OF THE WEEK: