A frequently underused feature of my site is the Random link on the left menu bar. From time to time I browse through my older posts by repeatedly clicking on that link. I reminisce until I have something better to do, or the guilt of not regularly updating in the best time of my life becomes overwhelming and I go back to browsing Engadget.
Among the facts interesting to me but probably few (if anyone ) else, is that there is simply an irrational number of posts about Spider-man.
Now, I haven’t read the comics since I had a paper route, and I never got caught up in the last two or three cartoon series. However, the movies directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire have been the highlight of my lifelong Spider-man fandom.
Just to get some of my points out of the way, I will list them here so that I can (finally) get to the point of my post.
- Sam Raimi as director worried me until I learned that Spider-man was “his comic book” growing up. I then decided to keep an open mind and give him one chance to impress me.
- Toby Maguire as Peter Parker was genius casting, and was glad that production was delayed for 8-10 years because there had never been an actor better suited or the roll
- Kirsten Dunst is a horrible, horrible, horrible pick for Mary Jane. Horrible pick. Horrible.
- The third movie was the weakest. And it borders on bad. However, it has a higher rating on IMDB AND RottenTomatoes.com than this year’s Transformers 2, Twilight: New Moon, 2012, or Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 (which combined brought in over $1 billion). Anyone who wasted time on that predictably bad crap loses the privilege to criticize a movie consistently rated higher, like Spider-man 3.
So, in the end, I got what I wanted. The trilogy was not artwork, but they were three of the most fun movies I saw from 2000-2009. So you can imagine my elation when I heard that they were in pre-production for a 4th movie, or even a second trilogy. Hell, I was ecstatic when I read that Sam Raimi had stopped production because he thought the script was crap, and wanted to hold up production while it was fixed.
After all the complaints of films with awesome special effects, and sub-par scripts (read any critic’s column on why Avatar should NOT win the Oscar for Best Feature Film) it is upsetting to consider that there are powers in place who would rather take Sam Raimi and Toby Maguire off the film and reboot it with Mark Webb, the director of “(500) Days of Summer”.
Anyone who was upset by “Emo-Parker” from the third movie will not likely feel vindicated with a director like this. At first I doubted Sam Raimi, but was willing to give him a chance. So should I do so with Mark Webb? Perhaps.
But if Zooey Deschanel that kid from Third Rock From The Sun are the principle actors in the new Spider-man movie, then expect a very, very low rating on RottenTomatoes…
…though it may still bring in several hundred million dollars. Crap.
Still, I got what I wanted. I have the trilogy on DVD and will someday have it on Blu-ray. Thank you, Sam. Thank you, Tobey. And of course, thanks, Stan. Excelsior!