Justin Fixes the (Classic) Movies: Spider-Man
With the Spidey 3 hype machine kicking into second gear thanks to the Venom teasing poster seen here, I figure it is a good time to continue what will become an avalanche of me fixing classic movies. Let me re-iterate classic on this blog means classic to me, not classic to your parents. Here, I fix the movie that brought back comic book movies in a big way, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man.
Starring Bruce Campbell and featuring such young talent as Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco, Spider-Man kicked action movies on their ass, revitalizing a genre that had been stagnant thanks to the likes of Joel Shmuckmaker. Let me preface this by saying that I am a DC, Batman in particular guy, but I did enjoy this movie. Here goes.
-Aunt whatever her name was is a terrible actress. Michael Caine in Batman Begins? Great. This bitch? HARRIBLE!
-More Bruce. The only movie that couldn't use this advice, to be fair, is Evil Dead.
-Good and necessary creative change to the orgin story and "powers." The webbing issue is a great example of how to implement a change without shitting on the source material.
-The Green Goblin's costume looks like shit. Granted, it's par for the course on Marvel bad guys, and the source material for this guy is pretty bad, but they could have done better than this. Plus points for fleshing out what was a pretty shitty character. Minus points for basing quite a bit of the "trilogy" on this arc.
-The era of one liners is over. They are kept to a minimum here, and used far less than in the overrated X-Men movie, but still a little cringey when they pop up.
-The inability to take their characters to dark places is what always pissed me off about Marvel. This movie does nothing to change that. Hopefully we'll finally see this in the third flick.
-I miss organic special effects. The CGI here, though for it's time was something great, is actually hard to watch now.
-Kirsten Dunst needs a tan and a sandwich.
Spider-Man: Doesn't compare to Batman Begins, but for what it is, the best Marvel adaptation to date, including it's own not too good sequel. 8.4/10
Posted by Justin at 2/26/2006 06:17:00 PM