July 1, 2010

The New Spider-Man is... Zzzzzzzzzz

I have zero interest in the "reboot" of the Spider-Man series.  It just seems so lazy on the part of Sony to start a new Spider-Man series so close to the last one just ending.   They're not even trying anymore.  It's like if 20th Century Fox decided to put out a remake of Avatar next summer.  The only thing that could have made me care about this shameless cash in would have been if they had truly tried to something completely different then the original Sam Raimi helmed series, but Marc Webb in the director's chair doesn't represent the kind of change I'm talking about and the announcement today that Andrew Garfield has been cast in the title role is even more underwhelming. The new movie will take Peter Parker back to his high school roots and tell the story of how he went from boyish school boy to webslinging super hero.  You know, kind of like the plot of the original Spider-Man that came out all the way back in 2001.  Only this time, it's gonna be in 3D and you won't recognize the cast.   Which brings us back to Garfield.   Who is Andrew Garfield?  I don't know.  I've literally never heard of him before hearing this news.   What I do know about him is this: he's 26 years old.   You would think an origin story about a high school kid would star someone remotely close to the age of a high school student. But they've opted to go with a no-name actor who will be pushing thirty by the time the film hits theatres. Garfield has worked with some great directors in his brief career; appearing in Robert Redford's bomb Lions for Lambs; Terry Gilliam's bomb The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and David Fincher's upcoming The Social Network.   That's all well and good, but I still have no idea who this guy even is and I still have zero interest in another movie version of the Spider-Man story, let alone the inevitable 3D sequels that will follow.  I hope I'm wrong.  I hope audiences reject this lazy, blatant attempt to cash in on the Spider-Man property and force studios to try a little harder when it comes to developing movies.   But I won't hold my breath.

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