Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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So I saw some movies

Really, really tired. I would like to discuss The Amazing Spider-Man, but I feel kind of drained. So drained that I saw it on Tuesday and still don't have the energy to say anything substantial about it. So drained that, while this entry sounds pretty bubbly, it took me an hour to write. Suffice it to say that there are a lot of good things about it, and I kind of wish it were possible to put this movie and the Raimi movies into a blender and have a series that had Peter's parents and Gwen Stacy and the Lizard as the first villain (you can pick either set of Aunt May and Uncle Ben, they both work for me) and some of the action scenes from each one and Willem Dafoe showing up later as Green Goblin for the series-wide Big Bad, and we will just totally forget the Sandman thing happened at all, and maybe Venom can happen but it would happen less ridiculously, and Mary Jane can come in after the Gwen Stacy storyline, and Andrew Garfield will be in all of it. The problem, though, is that apparently there was a whole 'nother movie in here that got butchered out because reasons, and that's why you get a closeup of Connors' wedding ring for no reason, and Peter acts like his father was "irresponsible" to run away even as we see a shopped-in newspaper clipping saying that his parents DIED, and That Nefarious Guy disappears with no explanation because his actual death scene was cut (per that blog post), and Connors is just randomly like I'VE GOT IT! EVERYBODY BE LIZARDS NOW, and then some people apparently turn into lizards but we never actually see them be lizards, and I guess Peter just forgets about trying to find Uncle Ben's killer because whatevs, and all these things look like they're going somewhere and then they don't. If they had released the movie Marc Webb originally made, I think I would have loved it. I never really cottoned to Tobey Maguire, although the first and particularly the second Raimi movies were pretty good, and there was a lot of potential here that is currently lying on a cutting-room floor somewhere. I hate to say it, but The Amazing Spider-Man is... a lot like Prometheus in some ways. There are some great visuals and some really good acting, buuuuuut there are questions that get no answers and the pacing is really weird. Except that you can probably enjoy this one for what it is with a lot less nerd rage afterwards. 

I could probably sit down and do a Fifteen Minutes of this, but I don't know that I need to do another one quite so soon after The Avengers (which is here, and Prometheus is here). I suspect it would inevitably be anticlimactic. I probably could have also done Snow White and the Huntsman (I saw that. Did I mention I saw that?), but I probably couldn't come up with anything funnier than the tiny bit I dropped into the Avengers one, so. Also, seriously, I don't do these very often anymore, so that is my usual year's entire output in about three weeks. I'm still working with the anemia thing and the bipolar/depression thing and other health issues and such. Seriously, I do not understand how it is already July.

ALSO, I almost forgot to mention: that LJ Repost thing was a horrible, horrible idea. The Facebook/Twitter/G+ buttons are fine, but, I am serious, do not repost people's LJ entries to your f-lists. It will only end in tears and fire. Possibly cars flipping over and exploding, I think we had a couple of those as well. That said, I would like to thank the Whedon multi-fandom for being surprisingly positive about the whole Avengers thing--I have not had a single negative comment on that front. I mean, now that I've said that, I probably will, but, you know, let's celebrate what we have.

ALSO-ALSO, the best thing I saw on the internet in the last two weeks:

@silkskinned: TWITTER. I LEAVE YOU ALONE FOR SIX HOURS AND SUDDENLY HARRY POTTER HANDS KATIE HOLMES A SOCK

GO KATIE GO!



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Tags: appropriate responses to bad situations, avengers, m15m, movie discussion, movies, prometheus, spider-man
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