Gotta love Spidey. He's the most human among all the superheroes. That's why I also love Daredevil. I'm not a big Superman fan, he's got it it all too easy. Batman's too rich. I mean come on, the dude's got a huge car, a cave, a mansion and a butler. No way. The Hulk..well, he's huge so he's got size on his side. The Fantastic Four (come on, you're already thinking Jessica Alba) are good, but well, they're four of them including the Thing. I loved the X-Men though. Mutants are cool..and rejects too - which is their whole appeal. Mandrake's a magician plus he's got Lothar and two bikini clad hotties. Phantom never dies (and he's got Devil). And so on and so forth. Wonder Woman?...get outta here. Super hero or childhood fantasy? Uh huh...now you know why they never made a movie on her.
But Spidey, he's human. He carries a past. He's burdened. He's a geek, a loser. He doesn't get the chicks, he doesn't have a career, he's got a loud-mouthed, foul, rude boss. But he still goes about doing his web-slinging. And he's also got a sense of humor. He is believable. And, he's Spider-man. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves......
I've held these views since I was a kid, as I maintain them now. I'm a pretty simple guy. I believe super heroes are meant to kick ass. That's why they have powers, right? They're supposed to finish the baddies. I root and rah-rah for the super heroes because good wins over evil. It's gotta. I mean these are comics and movies and stuff, right? Gimme a place I can escape to from real life.
So, because I believe in the simpler stories of good overcoming evil, of super heroes killing villains and such like, I was completely disappointed with the new, new Superman in Superman Returns. Man, was he a wuss or what. Big let-down from one of my favorite directors - Bryan Singer (interestingly enough, the same guy behind the first two X-Men movies). Superman's not supposed to have complexes and depressions, he's not supposed to go on sabbaticals, he's not supposed to see his girl with some other man with his kid. No way Jose. What next? Superman on Prozac?
I completely took to Batman Begins because I'm too big a fan of Chris Nolan. More so if he's got Christian Bale. Call me forgiving (yes, I know Katie Holmes starred in the movie too), but that's it. I was never a big fan of the earlier Batman movies, because somehow, I never caught on to Tim Burton's style. For example, in the first Batman movie , I thought it was the Joker playing Jack Nicholson and not the other way round. Too much star power, too many special effects, too little story, too little fun.
For similar reasons, I didn't quite like the new James Bond in Casino Royale. But then this new 007 was such a huge success everywhere, I figured movie-goers now want their heroes to connect with their inner-selves. You know, lose their mojo every once in a while, discover for themselves that, well, life ain't simple, even if you have double oh's after your name.
Suddenly everything's become complex for the hero. The world, the girl next door, the villain. Everything's different. So, the hero needs to introspect, discover his inner strengths. It's not as simple as melting the red wire on the time bomb with your laser beam vision, after hearing the clock tick with the super hearing, after bending the baddie's gun with your bare hands.
But coming back to Spidey and Spidey 3...I'm seeing it tomorrow night. And today, I read, with a heavy-heart that Spidey 3's already getting some negative reviews. Sample the New Yorker review below..
If “Spider-Man 3” is a shambles, that’s because it makes the rules up as it goes along. By the end, for instance, Sandman has become the size of an office block, each swinging fist as big as a truck, his personality reduced to brutishness. I half expected him to come after Spider-Man and Mary Jane carrying a gigantic bucket and spade. By what criterion did he grow so mountainous? Is he like a Transformer, or more like a genie? The fact is that if the fantastical is to flourish it must lay down the conditions of its magic and abide by them; otherwise, we feel cheated. (Tolkien knew this better than anyone.)And this is just the first para of Manohla Dargis' review at the NYT...
If ever a movie had a case of the blues and the blahs, it’s “Spider-Man 3,” the third and what feels like the end of Sam Raimi’s big-screen comic-book adaptations. (Ready or not, the studio is talking about a fourth.) Aesthetically and conceptually wrung out, fizzled rather than fizzy, this latest installment in the spider-bites-boy adventure story shoots high, swings low and every so often hits the sweet spot, but mostly just plods and plods along, as if its heart were pumping tired radioactive blood.Now I am aware that the tag line of the film is "The greatest battle lies within" (and man, do I love that line) - which obviously means that Spidey's gonna have a lot of inner turmoil to deal with....but I'm hoping that that black substance covering him (and his new outfit) ain't his inferiority complex or something. I mean I'd forgive Spidey going all bad for some time but please...I don't need him to become a manic depressive, or the Thinker or something. Come on.
Good part is he's also got three villains to deal with, i.e. a lot of mean ass to kick. That's something to look forward to. And so it is, that despite all these trepidations, I'm still looking forward to the movie.
Meanwhile, do you have a favorite super-hero? which one? and why? Love to know..