So this week I decided to do something I shouldíve done ages ago. Iím a huge sucker for superhero movies, as Iím sure lots of people here are, but there were two in particular I hadnít watched even after all this time. Iím talking about The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-man. I never got around to these, due to word-of-mouth for Batman and the fact that itís a reboot for Spider-man. So, my thoughts then.
First of all, I hated Rises. Did not like it at all. To be fair, Iím not much of a fan of Begins and The Dark Knight either; the animated Batman: Under the Red Hood is a better Batman movie than The Dark Knight is, and I might even go so far as to say itís a better movie period. †Itís really great, and John DiMaggio makes a brilliant Joker.
Anyway, Rises. Like I said, hated it. I thought it was slow and boring, for one. We only see Batman for a very small portion of the movie, and most of his screentime is devoted to getting the shit kicked out of him by Bane. Bane, who I might add, is nothing like his comic book counterpart except the name. It was nice that they had him ďbreak the batĒ and everything, but thatís nowhere near enough to convince me that this burly dude with a massively inconvenient mask and ridiculous voice is actually Bane. Regardless, we have seen with Iron Man 3 that a superhero movie without the superhero can work perfectly well. I fucking loved that movie, partially BECAUSE itís Tony Stark wrecking peopleís shit in all sorts of creative ways. And on top of that, the climax more than makes up for any absence of Iron Man in the rest of the movie. Rises was just nowhere near as fun, and I didnít find the characters or plot strong enough to keep me interested. †
There were a lot of other things that bugged me, like the blatant 99% bullcrap that ultimately didnít matter since Bane didnít give a shit about it in the first place but just saw it as a nice and easy way to destroy Gotham, Bruce Wayne being an unlikable prick to everyone (especially Alfred), or Jim Gordon inexplicably sending EVERY SINGLE †ABLEBODIED COP IN THE CITY into the sewers.
Honestly, the only thing I liked about this movie was Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.
- And no, not JUST for that reason.
So, what about The Amazing Spider-man then? WellÖ.I liked that one a lot! I canít help but feel like Iím being contrary with this, but I donít know what to tell you. I thought it was good.
Alright, alright, I didnít think it was entirely good. Peter Parker was kind of a douche, honestly. At the very least he was a lot less likable than the geeky Tobey Maguire version of Peter Parker. Besides that, I just canít see this dude being picked on and bullied all the time. Let me tell you, if this Peter Parker had gone to my high school he wouldíve been the coolest kid there. What with his skateboard and photography and all? Totally.
Another thing that bugged me was his ďfightĒ with the bully once he gets his powers. In the original movie Peter punches Flash Gordon across the fucking hallway, and here itís justÖ.basically, all he does is play keepaway with a basketball and yet the movie treats it as if Flash got beaten up hard. Seriously, watch it. And if you think it was about the hoop that Peter destroyed, well no. Uncle Ben literally asks him ďDid you humiliate that kid?Ē as if Peter was completely out of line doing that, and never even mentions the hoop. So again, Peter did squat. He really didnít do anything. It was just a tiny tiny bit above playfully messing around. And the worst part is that this fight is more integral to the Spider-man story than ever, as it kicks off a chain of events that leads directly to Uncle Benís death. So that didnít sit well with me at all.
But enough of me being a negative nancy, what did I LIKE? Well, long story short, I fucking loved this Spider-man. He was just chirpy and upbeat enough, neither being too grim or too childish. He was making quips and jokes, like classic Spider-man is supposed to, but not overly so. But, of course, once it matters he gets serious and lays the smack down. And once he does, itís glorious. Itís a joy seeing this Spider-man fight. Heís way more acrobatic than I remember the Raimi version being, jumping around all over the place and overall being way faster. His use of the web is also much more interesting, changing between pellets, strings or just straight-up cocooning a motherfucker in a heartbeat. There are some wonderful shots in this movie showing Spider-man as you always imagined him. This movie is Spider-man being Spider-man, more so than the Raimi movies were. Itís a damn shame this Spider-man is in a different universe from the Avengers, because he wouldíve been great in Avengers 2. I was never a great fan of Spider-man, but Iíve definitely gained renewed respect for the guy. In fact, let me give you the shot that won me over.
- Itís Spider-man doing Mirrorís Edge. I would buy the SHIT out of that game
So, whatís next? Iím watching the shit out of Riddick, thatís what. Oh, and Man of Steel, I guess?
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos‚Äô sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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