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THE TOTALLY AVERAGE SPIDER-MAN: WEDNESDAY WHIMSY

By @hmsbeefnuts

SPOILERS! SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!!!

On Sunday afternoon, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man, in IMAX 3D. If you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps you should avoid this blog until you have, for I have much to say on the subject, and much of it will be spoiler filled.

First of all, let me say that there are two great Spider-Man movies, made by Sam Raimi, and it is impossible to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man without referencing these two great films. I loved Raimi’s take on the web slinger and I’m saddened to say, Tim Webb’s attempt doesn’t live up to the first two films, and is more in line with the poor third instalment of the Original Trilogy.

I will admit that I didn’t go into the film with an overly positive attitude, however, in recent weeks I had changed my mind about the look of the film, the action sequences looked awesome, even though the overall tone of the trailers seemed a bit dark and dismal. Well, the trailers perfectly captured the mood of the film, it was dark and dismal, but before we get into that, lets talk about some of the good things about the film.

Every time Spider-Man was on screen, in his full suit, the film becomes a joy to watch. The fight scenes with the Lizard are inventive, action packed and a match for anything a super human fight scene has yet given us, up there with the likes of Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2, and not too far from The Avengers. Equally, when Spider-Man is swinging through New York, the effect is breath taking, especially in IMAX 3D. Gwen Stacy is adorable, Spider-Man quips and flips his way through the film in a very enjoyable way, and that’s really where my praise of the film ends. Because true believers, I found The Amazing Spider-Man to be very average, and even unnecessary.

First things first, the tone of the film is very dull and dower. So much so that I get the impression that Sony wanted to buy into the dark and brooding success of The Dark Knight. Well, what works for Batman, does not work for the Wall Crawler. Spider-man has had his tragedies, but he always maintains an upbeat attitude, one which Raimi captured to a T. TASM is dark and depressing at times, from the colour palette to the tone of the film, it needs cheering up.

I disliked the costume. It is no where near as good as Toby Maguire’s. I hated Aunt May. Sally Fields is a good actress, but she isn’t Aunt May, she just isn’t. Martin Sheen is good as Uncle Ben, but not as good as the previous incarnation. I feel really bad for the original trilogy’s Dr Curt Connors, Dylan Baker, who is a better pick than Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. Ifans had a really dodgy accent at times, going really Welshy for a few words, something that made me laugh, it’s OK though, I’m Welsh. The look of the Lizard himself was great, until we get to his head. His head looks like a Goomba from the Super Mario Movie. Not good.

The plot is hackneyed beyond belief. OK so the Stan Lee Spider-Man isn’t exactly the best written story ever, but that was the 60’s, times were different, and to be honest, I’ve been reading a fair few classic comics, including Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four, from the 1960’s and yes they are of their time, but there is a magnificent charm about them, a charm that hasn’t translated to this film. Spider-Man seems to be without some of his powers. His Spider-sense in particular seems to go in and out. Also at the end, his wall sticking ability seems not to be working. Mechanical web shooters are closer to the comics, but I always preferred organic ones anyway, so that’s more of a personal choice.  At one point Spider-Man sets a camera trap for the Lizard, and the Lizard looks at the camera, where Peter Parker has handily stuck ‘Property of Peter Parker’ on to it. Thus the Lizard knows who Spider-Man is. Erghh.

 

Uncle Ben’s death is also no where near as impactful as in the first movie. Peter Parker decides that he will hunt down the criminal who killed Ben, but this becomes a crusade against one man, and it then becomes accidental that Spider-Man stops crime at all. It takes a meeting with Captain Stacy to make Peter realise that Spider-Man can help people. It makes Pete come across as selfish, not what Spider-Man is all about really.

The major problem I had with the film however is that every 20 mins, Peter is taking his mask off, or telling someone he is Spider-Man. I couldn’t believe he told Gwen. What is the point of wearing a mask to protect your identity, if you don’t wear it. Stupid. Also there is no ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ speech. How did that happen? Oh and the after credits scene is stupid too. I presume it’s Norman Osborne who is talking to Curt Connors, but how did he get into a max security prison cell, and how did he get out? Is he magic? Also, Spider-Man gets bitten by a genetically modified spider, that comes from a room full of genetically modified spiders, meaning there are thousands of chances for more spider men to be made. Also, why change police officers into Lizards, when nothing happens with it? The more I write about this film, the more I realise I really didn’t like it.

However, my favourite bit, and it was rather great, was the Stan Lee cameo. Perhaps the best one yet. No spoilers, I almost cheered when I saw it. I didn’t like The Amazing Spider-Man, but everyone I went with did enjoy it. Maybe you will like it too, it just didn’t work for me. By now everyone should know how Spider-Man came to be. We didn’t need another origin story, I would have much preferred a Spider-Man 4, than a new take on the franchise. Such a shame.

WEDNESDAY WHIMSY

By @hmsbeefnuts

Hello Wednesday Fans, and welcome to another hastily put together blog about some geeky stuff that I did, or have thought about doing, in the last week. I have not had a great deal of time in recent weeks. Work has been pretty non stop, and I have had to go on a Paediatric First Aid Course two Saturdays in a row. Needless to say, no matter how essential First Aid is, doing it on your only day off fucking sucks, especially since Saturday is usually the day I get out to the cinema. However, I did manage a few cool things this week.

 

Friday night a friend (hey Lucy), and I caught Chernobyl Diaries after a bite to eat. I have to say we both enjoyed it quite a bit, for what it was. I imagine that a sequel will be on the way in the not too distant future, something I’m not averse to. It was cool to see the town that starred in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the big screen, and the film had an interesting premise.  It wasn’t a DVD or Blu-ray purchase, but it was enjoyable for the running time.

 Saturday I had a day of First Aid ahead of me, although by 3pm we had all passed the course. Straight home to put on Spider-Man on blu-ray, a great transfer which looked beautiful. Whilst watching the film, I began to feel the need to swing around New York City, very much in the style of a radioactive spider bitten teenager. As soon as the film finished I was back out, to my nearest Gamestation and had purchased the new Amazing Spider-Man game and 4,200 Microsoft points, because, Dawngaurd. Obviously must have been possessed by some sort of spending spirit, because I didn’t stop there. On to a cheap little book shop where I picked up Alan Partridge’s Auto biography, and three pocket sized graphic novels, two Fantastic Four Stan Lee and Jack Kirby classics, and a Spider-Man one. But I wasn’t done yet. I walked to WHSmiths, luckily only a few hundred yards away, in order to check out their graphic novel selection. Five minutes later, I was back at the car with two huge graphic novels, Wolverine and The Avengers. As I sat in the car looking over my rash group of purchases, I didn’t feel buyers remorse, but slight apprehension. I didn’t really need to add anything else to my reading queue, which is already getting very very long indeed.

 

I have to say I am enjoying The Amazing Spider-Man very much. It isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a great game, certainly not essential, but is a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait for the movie now, even though, early reports suggest that it may be more in-line with Spider-Man 3, rather than the excellent Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. I’ve written about the dark nature of the trailers and the whole feel of the production, seemed to me like something might be off, but I’m not going to prejudge something. I hope it will be good. I am yet to play Dawnguard, but it is downloaded, ready to go, as soon as I get some serious time off.

 

I am still no further into A Storm of Swords, and I’m not sure why, I love A Song of Ice and Fire, but maybe I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I have however, been reading books on ‘real life’ monster hunting. I devoured Nick Redfern’s There’s Something In The Woods, and am currently stalking my way through Linda S. Godfrey’s Hunting The American Werewolf. Many rational people seem to be seeing something in the woods and rural areas of America, and I find it fascinating.

 

Finally, just another reminder that this month here at All Geek To Me, we are extremely excited for The Dark Knight Rises, as I’m sure you all are too. As such, starting ummm, yesterday I believe, Geeky Gem and I are going Batman and Knights in general crazy, with a little event (ha check out the hyperbole!) called Summer Knights. Batman is just about our favourite person around these parts, and so what better way to see him off on his last Nolanverse adventure, than to write lots and lots of articles all about him? Of course, as Batman is the Dark Knight, we thought we would extend the event (there’s that word again!) to include knights in general. Geeky Gem and I hope you will stick around for these articles/blogs etc. and hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed writing them. Anyway, so much for this weeks less whimsical Wednesday Whimsy, I’ll catch you next week for some more, just have to think of something to write first.

Hollywood Must Stop Spoiling Movies

By @hmsbeefnuts

I’m not quite sure what to make of The Amazing Spider-man. It looks both good and bad, but mainly very, very unnecessary. The fact that it is far too early to reboot Spider-man is beside the point, at least of this blog. What is really annoying me about The Amazing Spider-man, and to be fair, a lot of recent Hollywood output, is the raft of scene’s and trailers that we are now subjected too. TASM (The Amazing Spider-man) just seems to be the worst proponent of this trend at the moment.

Sony must have released around 5 scenes from this film already, and there is still around 3 weeks until release. Then there are the trailers. We now have around 2 teaser trailers, and 4 or 5 ‘proper’ trailers for some films, these can be added to if the specific film decides to release international trailers etc. It just seems like far too much is being given away before an audience has even sat in the theatre. I don’t know about you, but I’m rather fond of finding out what happens in a film, when I’m actually sat there watching it for the first time.

I can see why studios pump out the trailers and scenes. In these days of 24/7 news and constant internet speculation, it is important to make sure your movie is out there, that it is ‘trending’, that the most people possible are talking about it, looking at it, arguing about it. I get all that, and especially in the case of TASM, people need to be reassured that this film is worth the reboot, that this film tells a story that the very recent Sam Raimi film did not. It needs to set out it’s stall and shout at the fan boys; ‘Look at me, I’m different. I’m better. You want to see me’. I get all that. I just think that sometimes less, is more.

I haven’t chosen to watch any of the released scenes from TASM. It has been tempting, I won’t lie, but I want to go in fresh, and hopefully be surprised, in a good way, by what I see. I don’t want to have seen even one scene from the film, and hopefully, it will pay off. However, the fact that I choose not to watch a released scene, does not stop people who have from talking about it. It makes certain websites a no go area, I’m looking at you Ain’t it Cool News. Now obvioulsy, the majority of the comments are going to be negative, that is the nature of comments, people feel far more motivated to complain, than to praise, I know, I’ve done it myself, but this only provides me with negative vibes for the film. I have decided then to keep away from a lot of talkbacks and comment threads, at least until I have seen the film.

I have decided to make a pact with myself. For any film I have a real interest in seeing, I will watch only 3 trailers max. I have managed to do this with the July’s other huge superhero film, The Dark Knight Rises. I won’t watch any scenes, I have not watched any scenes. I watched the teaser, and 2 trailers, it looks great, but I am done now, until the film. It’s going to be hard, I really want to watch this film, but I think that from now on, the less I see, the more excited I will be, and the more I will get out of the film, when I sit down to watch it on 20th July.

I have also begun an experiment. I have not watched anything from Brave, not one trailer, not one scene. I am sort of aware of what it is about, I like the posters I have seen a lot. But I want to go in fresh, I want to know nothing about the film, and just let it hit me, and see what I think. So that will be interesting, hopefully.

For me at least, I would prefer for movies to keep their cards closer to their chests.

Hmsbeefnuts Presents…

By @hmsbeefnuts

There are a few changes afoot here at All Geek To Me. Our regular Sunday Trivia feature will continue, but now Geeky Gem alone will be heroically handling business on a Sunday. She enjoys doing it anyway, and so I have freed myself up to write a blog on a Wednesday, something I will be calling Wednesday Whimsy, for no other reasons than, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing every week, and I like alliteration. At least once a month I will be looking at the goings on in the WWE, something I will be calling Wrestling round up. There will also be a round-up of major geeky news stories in other weeks. There may very well be other stuff going on too, but I haven’t quite figured it all out yet. Needless to say we will now have a regular post on a Wednesday as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has visited and read this blog, and we hope that you continue to read, and hopefully enjoy, All Geek To Me for a long time to come. So without further ado, lets crack on with our first Wednesday Whimsy article, this week….

Last week the reveal trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops II came out. Looks good as ever, this time set slightly in the future. Check it out below.

Sticking with trailers, here is the new one for The Dark Knight Rises, it looks epic.

Third times the charm, check out the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, not quite sure what to think of this one…

Wednesday Whimsy draws to a close. I’ll catch you next Wednesday for more, umm, whimsy I guess. That’s All Folks.

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