I’m going to try to update more often now.
I’m really glad I’m not doing this entry from work. =)
So I just got back from watching Spider-Man. Good movie. Probably the
best comic book movie that I can remember. Better than Batman. Better
than that crappy X-Men. Better than Superman. With the exception of the
forced sappy scenes* ( I love how Yvonne doens’t like them either =) )
there was nothing I can think of that I didn’t like about the movie.
What I really liked about the movie is how it spent time on the character
development. They did a good job on going through what Peter Parker was
thinking, feeling, etc. They just don’t explain how he gets his super
powers, but also shows how he gets to the point of being superhero. And
it just wasn’t Spider-Man. They did a great job with the Green Goblin.
And the relationship with Harry. It was great. Perfect setup for the next
movie. It was just a very good film.
And what this movie had is what the first two Batman’s severely lacked and
what X-Men totally lacked. The character development. I’ll go into Batman
I get a lot of heat for this, but I’ll say it again. I like Batman Forever
the most. Why? Cause they actually talk about Batman. What do we know
about Batman from the first movie? His parents were killed. He’s out for
revenge. Okay… Second movie? Don’t know. He’s still the same Batman as
the first one.
The only reason why I thought the first Batman was good was because the
Joker. If they didn’t have Jack Nicholson as the Joker, I don’t know if
they could salvaged the movie, for me at least. The Jack Nicholson had
so much more presence on screen than Michael Keaton. Maybe that’s why
they billed Jack first on the actor’s list. It was his movie. They
should have called it the Joker rather than the Batman.
What I really don’t understand is how people say Michael Keaton was a
better Batman than Val Kilmer. Michael Keaton never had the presence on
screen to be Batman. I just never believed him. He just never developed
into Batman. NEVER. And then people cast Val Kilmer aside as being an
inferior Batman for the reason I’ll assume, cause he’s not the original
Batman. It’s not that I thought Val Kilmer was a great Batman, but more
that Michael Keaton wasn’t a good Batman. I’ll go so far as saying this:
Michael Keaton sucked as Batman. Maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s more
Tim Burton’s fault. I don’t know.
Now at least I liked Batman. And I thought Batman Returns was okay. But
the X-Men? That movie sucked. An hour and 30 minutes? An hour and 30
minutes??? Come on man! Here’s what the movie consisted of. An hour to
introduce all the characters. No character development at all involved.
And then the last 30 minutes for the final fight scene. Uhh… Where’s
the rest of the movie??? Like plot, characters that spend more than 10
minutes on the screen. I mean I realize there are a LOT of characters
that are involved in the movie, but don’t give me an hour and 30 minutes
of this. It doesn’t even try. It’s horrible. Shoot. Hour and 30 minute
movies are reserved for cartoons. Give me something to watch. What makes
it even worse is that I know that they cut 40 minutes out of the original
edit of this movie? 40 minutes?!? They claim they made the cuts to make
the movie go faster. Right. You guys also cut out plot, character
development, just the whole film. Nice job guys. Hope you do better on
the next one.
It’s not that I don’t like sappiness in movies. I do like it. I like it
when it’s done well. I hate this forced sappiness (I can’t think of any
other words for this. thanks yvonne) into movies. “Oh Pete. When I was
up there, I was thinking about what I thought I would be thinking about. I
was thinking about” Shut up! I can’t stand this. Trying to explain how
you feel in this 30 second monologue. If you’re going to make sappy scenes,
set it up correctly. Just don’t bust it out. Even some movies that spend
the whole movie trying to set it up can make the sappiness work correctly.
It’s hard to do. Don’t bust that crap out in the middle of an action flick.
Just give me, “Girl I’ve loved you for a long time.” BAM! Kiss her. Scene
done. Now get on to more important things.