Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Movie Review: Spiderman -3 : Cliche Fest
There is a Viper from outer space that's in Sam Riami's head. It accentuates the arrogance in him. Giving 2 superb movies doesn't entitle him to a third one. If at all they have given him anything that has given him a feeling that he has a sure-shot formula for success. He opened Spidey-1 with a narrative track, which claimed that this story like most stories was about a girl. His essential formula has been to mix a love story and a boy's everyday struggle for employment with Spiderman. The first two movie achieved a cohesion previously thought as impossible. It achieved it so well that Superman Returns fell flat on its face trying to imitate the same formulae. Superman and Spidey-3 make the same mistake of following the formulae blindly and in the process end up with disproportionately mixed ingredients. The sentimental scenes were excessive and there was too much story, melodrama and very less action. Imagine renting a XXX DVD and seeing 1 hour of over-acting before the hot-silicon-framed model undresses. Spidey-3 is just that. Plastic faces who shouldn't act instead try and act. In the process they 'do it' less often. Thats always a bad thing.
Sipdey-3 goes a level further and covers itself with every possible cliche. A standard dose of screaming girls (i laughed when the 3 screamers systematically put their hands to their mouths and screamed when sandman made his first public appearance), models falling off skyscrapers, stereotypical and overly sentimental climax news reporter, news channel anchor, a clumsy climax in a spotlight, villains who really aren't bad but victims of a bad system, overly good characters, a Friend-turned-foe-turned friend taking a bullet for the hero, and last but not least cheap jokes (almost every joke, including the one where Daily Bugle's JJ buys camera off a kid was unenjoyable). It is almost of if the script writers are convinced that the movie will be a hit no matter what (they are right) and decided to give us carefully apportioned doses of every possible sentiment. They even have spiderman visiting the church and jumping off the U.S flag to cover those segments. Overly cautious. Compare this against the previous two Spiderman movies that actually had the gall to laugh at itself. The actors play out the script poorly, thereby managing to bring out the artificialness of the script very well. Tobey McGuire comes across as un-bubbly, old, weak and unconvincing Peter Parker. After Superman Returns this is another maudlin superhero movie, where the superhero punches the villains less and gets beaten up and cries more. Imagine reading a comic book like that. You'd think Mills N' Boon authored it.
Bad, Bad Bad Bad and Bad.