3D Little Pigs
I do hope everyone’s emotionally over with Sam Raini and Tobey MaGuire calling it quits for the fourth Spiderman installment. They’ve done terrific jobs alright and they would be missed (I could still feel my heart pulsating at Harry Osborn’s death scene when he forced a smile at Peter, breathing heavily, “You’re my friend…” then dies. Sob sob!). But look who’s going to be your next friendly neighbor.
Hundreds were considered for the plum role that was most recently filled by Tobey Maguire, and dozens were interviewed. According to a project insider, about six screen-tested for the part, and it came down to three: Garfield, Jamie Bell and Maguire doppelganger Alden Ehrenreich. [Variety]
Until I approached slackly our friendlier neighbor called Wikipedia, I discovered that the successor Andrew Garfield appeared almost in all entertainment media. From theatre where he bagged the 2004 MED Theatre Award, to his notable drama films like Lion for Lambs and Boy A. One thing’s for sure: I’ve never watched those but his ineffable praises galvanize me to go download.
If you think that’s boring, wait til he comes out with Justin Timberlake and Disney’s Brenda Song in an interesting movie about Facebook and its foundation, The Social Networks. I just hope they won’t make it as obscure and whiny as Martin Burke’s Pirates of Silicon Valley or I’ll dismember myself.
Back to Spiderman 4, the story line pushes through Peter in high school. Some fans might be yammering about this being cheesy enough, but come on guys, let’s give ’em a chance. Stop saying that it’s going to be different this time, cos tell you what: It’s going to be different this time!
And so the movie plays July 2012. In 3D.
IN 3D???! So what?!!
I’ve been seriously bothered about movies nowadays going full-on three-dimensional. Normally, in 2D films, our senses and brain cells see to it that everything captured via film is already bathed in steropsis accuracy. Meaning, no matter how the illusion works, it’s already an illusion for us in the first place. Robert Ebert clears his phlegm out at 3D being too hyped:
Disney recently announced it will make no more traditional films at all, focusing entirely on animation, franchises, and superheroes. I have the sense that younger Hollywood is losing the instinctive feeling for story and quality that generations of executives possessed. It’s all about the marketing. [Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)]
I suffer as trailers, amongst them drama, often flash themselves as [Insert Title Here] IN THREE-D. Fortunately, due to my occasional poverty and usual tardiness at 3D screenings, I haven ‘t watched a single film which is marketed with those funny eyeglasses. Drama in 3D? Will I get myself drowned if the actor/actress spritzes me with his/her tears then?
Honestly, I yearn more of a good script, that’s it (Eclipse‘s marshmallow lines never worked on me). Films and other works of art should be as worthy-watching even without those crappy, expensive drivel that drain down people’s money and make us swear off technology altogether.