03 Jul, 2012

SPIDER-MAN MOVIE RETROSPECTIVE

Posted by Raphael in Reviews

Midtown Bloggerinos! Raph here, and with Amazing Spider-Man in theaters now, I thought I’d take a brief look back at the first trilogy!

SPIDER-MAN

The first Spider-Man movie was really a right place at the right time movie: 9/11 had happened just half a year before, and America needed something to make it feel good again. Why not the story of a nerdy pushover gaining powers and using them to do right in the world? The great appeal of Spider-Man is that the majority of us have felt that way before, and Tobey Maguire captures the essence of that really well. Are there flaws? Yes. The need to change bits and pieces of Spider-Man’s origin (organic webbing) really set off a whole bunch of fans, and Tobey isn’t quite as funny as Peter Parker/Spider-Man can be. Wisecracks were kinda on the low side, which took a few notches off. Add to that the rather… “eccentric” Willem Defoe as Green Goblin, and there’s the sense that Raimi couldn’t decide whether to go over-the-top or hyperrealistic. Fans also complain about Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane, but I think she was decent in the role.

GRADE: B-

SPIDER-MAN 2

For the longest time, you could argue this movie being the greatest superhero movie of all time. Raimi shows his love of classic characters, as Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus is one of the better actualized villains in all of comic book moviedom (Sorry Mr. Lew-THOR). The struggle of Peter with his desire to have a normal life, and the responsibility that comes with the power. It’s still one of the better comic book movies out there, the drama and action at their best and, of course, Raindrops. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R3ywUSqrn8

GRADE: A

SPIDER-MAN 3

Ohh, where to go with this one. This is one of the most maligned movies that made 900 million dollars. Does it deserve it? Yes. The movie feels like two different movies mismashed into a movie that has likeable parts, but can’t overcome its unevenness. There’s tons of gravitas with the Sandman story, and you can feel that Raimi wanted it to be about Sandman. The retcon of Ben Parker’s death notwithstanding, Sandman’s arc was a powerful, emotional story. Then there’s Venom.

Venom, Venom, Venom. The fan favorite. The badass Spider-Man villain everyone loves. Sam Raimi was lukewarm to it at first, but Avi Arad convinced him to incorporate him. Venom never really took off. They played Venom/Eddie Brock as sort of a Peter Parker gone wrong, with Topher Grace as the Anti-Peter, which is all well and good, but Eddie Brock was a bully, and skinny Topher Grace was not going to intimidate Peter Parker. These are, of course, fanboy gripes, but they hurt the film in the eyes of a lot of fans, necessitating the reboot that came out on July 3rd. It did give us this though… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yy62Vds8-4&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLC1C11615C3385FA8

Grade: C

That’s it for now, what did you think of the first trilogy? Did you enjoy Amazing Spider-Man? Comment below and—

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–          Raph

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