||[May. 9th, 2002|07:13 am]
Finally saw Spider-Man last night. Great flick, but of course a diehard fan like me was able to tell where they changed everything. I can state that I like the movie, and look forward to seeing the Hulk movie too. Thanks to Radcliffe to babysitting for us.
I liked the Spidey flick, and I was willing to accept the ways they changed it. I guess I accepted it because they were trying to update it in a way that it wouldn't detract (suspension of disbelief) from the rest of it. I appreciated Defoe, though I felt he was over the top. I think he was trying to beat Nicholson's craziness for Batman. My biggest complaint was that *some* of the effects were so obvious. The running across the rooftops scene comes to mind.
I thought Defoe did waaay better than Nicholson. Nicholson was just casually strolling through Batman, chewing on pieces of scenery as he went. Seemed like he didn't really care he was over the top, because it was a camp movie, but Defoe seemed to be giving the role as much effort as any other role. Also helps that he's just creepy to look at as it is. The man has way too many teeth.
There's two things about that.
Defoe was given prosthetic teeth. He heard he was going to get them and said, "Oh cool! To make them look scarier?" The studio replied, "No, these are straight teeth. Your own teeth are TOO scary for the Norman character."
Second, I loved when he says, "Oooh. That's cold."
They did an excellent job summarizing the origins, and worked the death of Uncle Ben and why Peter let the bad guy go real smooth. I think it actually works better than the origial story, giving more plausability behind everyone's actions. It was quick without feeling too rushed, or like too much was skipped over. I'll even grant that the new web source is ok. I'm not that much of a traditionalist that I demand full comicbook accuracy. I think my biggest complaint would be that I pretty much could see where everything was going, but when I've been reading Spider-Man for close to twenty years, what else could I expect? They worked everything smooth, and I approve of the movie.
I wholeheartedly approve. I mean, look at Marvel.
Blade -- success.
X-men-- success (but they missed the boat on the cross-marketing).
Blade 2 -- Not bad. Hey, I loved it.
Spidey-- I thought it rocked.
Hulk? Let's hope.
Daredevil... um... who knows? Affleck.