Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thoughts on Summer Films - Part 1

So, as far as my list of most anticipated summer films goes, its two down, two to go. 
I saw Prometheus (what feels like) a while ago now and I remember being on the edge of my seat the whole time, but I left feeling I needed more closure. No doubt there will probably be a sequel in however many years time, but I was unsure how well the film stood on it's own. However, I still really enjoyed it. It left me with a lot of unanswered questions, which simultaneously irritated and excited me as straight after I was compelled to browse the interwebs and take a peek at some of the theories floating round.

Now, I think I can say I'm satisfied. I'm not desperate to see a sequel and would be quite happy just re-watching it and reveling in all my own theories, just going along for the ride. Also visually, it was spectacular ( and I didn't even see it in 3D...though part of me wishes I had gone back and done that too, purely to see all the cool holograms floating around right up in my face). So, I think Prometheus merits the four stars I gave it to begin with. There were definitely some iconic scenes in there ( a certain med-pod scene comes to mind...), and although it wasn't perfect, I enjoyed it while it lasted. Also, made me re-watch Alien which is never a bad thing to happen ever.

I saw The Amazing Spiderman whilst in Japan. This one I saw in 3D, though I don't think it needs to be seen that way. Despite being made for 3D, and supposedly having more depth, I just don't really care as much for 3D like I used to. Maybe its because I've seen so many 2D films converted badly, or just that the novelty has worn off...I don't know. Apart from the brief POV shots and the parts where he's swinging around the city, it was pretty much un-needed. 
So if you haven't seen The Amazing Spiderman yet, I suggest putting that extra amount of money towards an IMAX ticket to The Dark Knight Rises and seeing Spidey 2D instead.

Despite coming out having enjoyed The Amazing Spiderman (which I did, don't get me wrong), I still felt a little cheated. The trailers and numerous viral ads/posters promised 'The untold story', whereas, really its just the same old origin story: Peter gets bitten, Uncle Ben dies, yadayada...Of course, it'll probably be revealed bit by bit through the confirmed I-don't-know-exactly-how-many sequels, but that doesn't change the fact that they falsely advertised this to be something different. And sure, trailers falsely advertise stuff all the time, but the trailers were pretty much made up of scenes that ended up getting cut. Also, I really wanted to love this movie!

Anyway, It was a definite improvement (in my opinion) on Raimi's Spiderman trilogy, it just seemed more fresh and light-hearted. Andrew Garfield was excellent eye-cand- I mean as Peter Parker. You could tell that he really put a lot into his performance because he loves the character so much, and his Peter Parker better fits the more modern definition of what a 'geek' is nowadays. So yeah, the acting and the visuals were great, but I feel like the movie was held back a little by what it could have been.

Too much was cut from the film, what could have been 'the untold story' we were promised in the trailers, was cut. There were so many loose threads in this film in terms of sub-plot that weren't properly tied up or explained because so much was cut. For example, what happened to that Ratha guy who was going to see the veterans? His car gets smashed by lizard Connors and thats the last we see of him. In the trailer we get a glimpse at what looks like another fight scene with him there. Its frustrating because this film could have been so much better if it didn't feel like at the last minute they decided to change the plot and chop half the film off to better serve the sequels.

It was better than your average summer blockbuster but not good enough to live up to my expectations. Maybe I'm being too picky, but like I said - I wanted to love it. I'm sure lots of people will though, because it is a good film, Andrew Garfield is cute, and everybody loves Spiderman. Still, In the meantime, I'll wait until the sequels to see if it can redeem itself and pray for a director's cut.