During the summertime C w/o C normally winds down to a slow crawl. This is for several reasons; my job, my time and usually I will take those months to catch up on missed shows, books, games, etc. Hopefully this at least somewhat explains why In the Buff pods have not yet finished, but they are on the way! So, with the time and effort to catch up on stuff I’ve missed I have also taken it upon myself to add a re-watch list of movies that I will slowly tick off the list throughout the summer. As I make my way through the list I will periodically post my thoughts on these past films and whether or not they have stood the test of time. The list is comprised of various old and new movies along with some forgotten gems. So stay tuned as the summer progresses to check in on my progress…
First up, Sam Raimi’s SPIDERMAN
From the beginning, I had this movie built up better than it actually was in my head. My version had Toby Maguire up on the Rushmore of Superhero films just because he was the first real franchise star outside of Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. That being said, upon a rewatch, Sam Raimi’s vision of the hero comes across as over-the-top and downright corny. If you’re a fan of Raimi, then this is perfect for you because it is formed exactly in his vision which is supported by Danny Elfman’s bouncy and bumbling score. These two factors cause for a less serious, less than comic book vision for the web-slinger that just can’t compete with the superhero films of today’s era.
However, some grace must be given because it was one of the first major superhero franchises that had the full push and weight of a major studio behind it with a fully formed idea for more than just one film. Some of its shortcomings are forgivable because in truth, someone has to be the first. Again, compared to the studio visions of today this film falls flat in tone and approach and succumbs to the limited technology of that time period. It is just missing that grounded element that helps meet audience’s expectations halfway when they enter a theater. It has flashes of brilliance and homages to the original material, but as a whole Spiderman just cannot transcend its director’s interpretation of the comic hero.
Despite all of the negativity, Spiderman is one of the firsts of its kind and for that it should be commended. The vision, as misguided and corny as it sometimes comes across, is something that can be correlated directly from the comics and that should be spoken as a point of pride, however, it still is missing enough in the plot and actual portrayal of Peter Parker’s struggle to balance life and his abilities that the movie as a whole should be viewed as a good effort to get the comic book superhero blockbuster ball rolling in Hollywood.