Friday, August 10, 2012
A STUFF POST
I was quite comfortable waiting by as Spiderman accrued a bit o' dust on the old film reels but it was bugging me that I had yet to witness for myself what many of you out there were calling 'the best movie you had seen in forever'.
On Facebook I was seeing posts where people were claiming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was so good they were seeing it two and three times!
Finally, finally! I managed to squeak in a viewing (and in IMAX to boot!). And by the way, I got it free with my Scene points card. Just thought I would throw that in there.
My opinion, if you are so interested, is this: it was okay. I won't be rushing out to see it again while it is still on the big screen. Unlike it's predecessor (THE DARK KNIGHT) I didn't think I particularly benefitted from viewing it on the extra giant sized screen with the mega awesome sound destroying my ears.
The movie just didn't absorb me the same way THE DARK KNIGHT (my all time favourite superhero/crime film) did. It had it's moments but even when I thought it was really good, it wasn't all that good. It didn't get my pulse going. Bane was a decent villain (I love him in the comics!) but didn't capture my imagination the way Heath Ledger did as the Joker (I am also part of the camp that would have LOVED to see him using Venom at some point in the film).
Did anyone notice how in some scenes Batman actually looked puny? I know Christian Bale is thin (and in phenomenal shape), but Batman should have a little more meat on his bones, in my humble opinion. Just an observation.
So the long and the short of it, for this observer, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was a decent film but not on par with THE DARK KNIGHT.
THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN was a fun show. I really liked Andrew Garfield as Spidey.
I think my only complaint about the film (and it's not the films fault, if you know what I mean) is that I really don't need another origin story for Spiderman. Everyone knows how he becomes Spiderman. Did we really need to go through this again? We did it with the Hulk and Superman (and will do it again for a third time next summer).
I vote for no more origin stories! If you don't know the origin of whatever superhero it is you are going to watch, GOOGLE IT!
Other than that, I thought THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN was, like I said, fun.
On the book front I'm currently reading Stephen King's 11/22/63. I picked this up back when it first came out but put it down after only 50 pages. I just wasn't in the mood for a time travel story. I have to say, though, this time through I'm really, really, digging it. I'm about halfway and if the second half is as good as the first, I'm going to be one happy reviewer!
Posted by Andrew Leonard at 7:26 PM