Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:22 PM
The Amazing Spider-Man.
I've just watched the film. It's not terrible, but feels like written by 10 different people, each of them wanting to tell a different story. It wants to be a touching drama, an action film and pure comedy. Somehow Sam Raimi pulled it off better (even though, I'm not a massive fan of his films)..I like the whole "being a spider" aspect of the film where Peter freaks out over his new powers (I get this is a metaphor for puberty). The pacing is way too slow (it takes ages before you even see Spider-Man) and nothing makes real sense. The characters' do things for some reason and the plot holes are of the size of a moon. And yet it is all watchable. I just wish Garfield didn't push his "nerdy Peter" this far. He stammers all the time and after a while it becomes quite annoying. I liked the actress playing Gwen Stacy in this film.
One aspect which is definitely better than in the other three is the CGI. Still not perfect, but they're getting there with this particualar wall crawler.
The music. There is much music missing from the album (and I want it). The mixing is loud so you're going to hear it. To the point of distraction at certain points. Horner plays it completely straight and upfront, so some people are going to hate it. You know, sad things happen so we hear sad music. And while there is too much music in the film, I kind of enjoyed it that way. It's not often nowadays that film music is in the spotlight like this. The main theme is probably as recognizeable as you'll likely to hear in 2012 movie. Not subtle scoring, but entertaining nontheless.
Not a disaster, but seems rather pointless to reboot this series. But I guess The Twilight crowd disagrees...
From a storytelling point of view, from a directing point of view, there is one thing I associate with what he does, which is calm. There is such an inherent calm and inherent trust of the one powerful image, that he makes me embarrassed with my own work, in terms of how many different shots, how many different sound effects, how many different things we’ll throw at an audience to make an impression. But with Kubrick, there is such a great trust of the one correct image to calmly explain something to audience. There can be some slowness to the editing. There’s nothing frenetic about it. It’s very simple. There’s a trust in simple storytelling and simple image making that actually takes massive confidence to try and emulate.
- Christopher Nolan