I want to use this week’s Movie Monday to give a couple of quick thoughts on a few films that I have seen this year that I have not mentioned here. Firstly The Amazing Spider-Man. I kind of expected this film to as it was, predictable. My favourite part of it was the chemistry between Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Andrew Garfield is a far better Peter Parker/Spider-Man then Toby Maguire was. Emma Stone is also very good as Gwen Stacy, although both her and Garfield look far too old to be high school students. Rhys Ifans is not really convincing as Dr. Curt Connors. It was nice seeing a little bit about Parker’s parents though but most of that was clearly in place for any sequel that may be in the pipeline.
The story was not too bad, but the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies are still too fresh in our memories for it to really make a mark on me. I would have been tempted to have carried on from the end of the third Raimi film, but with a new cast and director and so forth. Doing a re-boot though opens all the doors that Raimi closed. The writers, producers and director(s) of a new series of films can pull almost anything they want from the Spider-Man universe.
Another Re-booted movie that was out this summer was Total Recall. I’m a little unsure of this one, I think I’d like to see it again before really giving a strong opinion on it. The cast is pretty good, although I’m still to see a film where Jessica Biel really pushes herself as an actress. Kate Beckinsale is good in it, nice to see her playing a different role to what she normally seems to do. I do generally like Len Wiseman as a director as well. If I had to voice an opinion of the film though I would say that it’s not got the edge of the original, and although I do like Wiseman I couldn’t help but think that someone like Duncan Jones or Christopher Nolan would have been able to bring something a bit more to it. Both of those directors have made films which challenge the viewers interpretation of the world.
I hate writing blog posts like this because it feels like a really negative post and I have no doubt that many of the people involved in these films worked incredibly hard to put them together. They were not the films that I had hoped that they would be. We are in a stage in our (movie) culture where Hollywood is recycling so many movies it’s kind of hard to get really excited about some of these re-boots. I know I list The Dark Knight Rises as one of the best movies of the year so far, and yes that is a re-boot but it is an impressive re-boot. There’s not been many other re-boots that have been as impressive or better, well aside from Dredd that is 😀