Friday, 9 July 2010

A word on the new Spider-Man

I like Andrew Garfield. He was one of the best things about The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and was excellent in the Red Riding trilogy. Now he's nabbed one of the biggest parts available for a young actor, and its interesting casting to say the least.

I have to admit, I'm not exactly going to be at the front of the queue when the new film comes out. As far as I'm concerned, the franchise went stale with the best talent available in Sam Raimi and I don't exactly see how refreshing a reboot will be. I'd love to be proved wrong however, and with the casting of Andrew Garfield and with Marc Webb on board as director, things certainly seem to be heading in the right director.

The thing that surprised me about the casting was that all the talk about the film has been that it was aiming to return to a young, teen aged Peter Parker, which seemed like a perfectly fine idea. Garfield is nearly 27, and though youthful in appearance, could be well into his mid 30's if the film gets a couple of sequels. It seems to be going against a lot of the things the producers were talking up, especially when much of the casting rumours were going with someone much younger like Aaron Johnson (20) or Logan Lerman (18). We'll have to see how long Garfield can convince as a teenager for, but this doesn't seem to be much of a concern for Hollywood; they haven't exactly been too concerned about actors being the same age as their characters in the past.

As for Webb, we'll have to see if he can pull this off. He'll certainly bring the heart back to the franchise that was so missing from Spider-Man 3. (500) Days of Summer was an excellent achievement in having just the right amount of emotion and strong characterisation without getting too cheesy. My only concern is that he could "do a Marc Forster." Forster is a director who has made great films and is much respected but when it came to making a big budget summer tentpole in Quantum of Solace, he just didn't have the action directing chops. In the end we had baffling action sequences that looked like a poor man's Bourne. I have no doubt Webb will get the angst of a teenage Peter Parker right, but the action's got to be impressive too. It is Spider-Man after all.

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