... movie reviews
tue 2005-jan-11 18:58:53 pst
last night (which, somewhat surprisingly, I didn't manage to see when
it came out). It's quite fun. I liked the ways that they updated the
story/premise to this decade, while keeping a very comic-book-feel...
The most significant example of that was that they chose to have the
webbing be biological rather than mechanical as it was in the comics.
On the one hand, I feel like Peter Parker's ingenuity is really
central to the character, and the fact that in the comics, some of his
superhero "powers" were of his own invention rather than direct
by-products of the radioactive spider bite was an important part of
that. But on the other hand, it's definitely true that having a high
school kid invent such a powerful adhesive would not be at all
believable, even in this context where we're already accepting that
the bite by the (in this case genetically-engineered rather than
radioactive) spider gives him the ability to hang onto walls and
things. And they did do a good job of making him an entirely
plausible geek, so that in the scheme of things, they weren't really
changing his character by going this route.
Guess I'll have to bump the sequel up a bit in the Netflix queue...