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Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can…

May 4th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · No Comments

Spins a web, any size, catches thieves, just like flies, look out! Here comes the Spiderman!

Considering this blog will not host serious and “high-quality” (supposedly) content (content that requires careful thinking and careful writing, hence lots of time to write) until such time as I am no longer married to my thesis, there won’t be much “signal” to speak of anyway. So I might as well just turn up the noise, and blog about whatever strikes my fancy, even just make this a little link collection! *gasp, horror!*

Well, it’s Spiderman time again, and the whole world is in uproar. (Yea, that’s hyperbole. But anyway…) I’ve never really been one to go to much effort to see something as quickly as possible after it comes out, I do smile at people (and sincerely so) that stand in queues, eating in relay to avoid losing their place, dressed in costumes (not caring about being labelled slightly dorky). I’m not sure what the longest time is that people spent in line for Return of the Jedi, but it seems logging 513 hours in line scores you 14th-most-dedicated-person in the queue for Revenge of the Sith – over a period of a month and a half. (It was a fund-raiser, and a publicity stunt I guess. They did raise more than $30,000.)

OK, well, it wasn’t my intention to compare Spiderman to Star Wars, my apologies for that. What I really wanted to do here, was link to an interesting and inspiring review of Spiderman 3, by Frederica Mathewes-Green. Though, how can I know, if I’ve only read the first three paragraphs?… Yup, I’ve only read the first three paragraphs, I’ll read the rest later. The first three paragraphs end with the sentence “If getting the biggest possible surprise is a priority for you, you might prefer to stop reading here.” I wonder what is “fair” when quoting, here’s the second and third paragraphs:

The earlier “Spider-Man” movies (2002 and 2004) were better than the usual superhero fare in both style and substance. Plotline and characters were handled with a dash of quirky amusement, but the moral of the story was set forth with an irony-free straight face. That moral was not a square-headed cliché about Justice and Courage, but the more complicated truth that the super-powerful are particularly bound to humility and self-restraint: “With great power comes great responsibility.” There was an invitingly old-fashioned quality to these stories, with a chaste true-love angle, and kisses treated with more respect than complete nudity gets in other movies.

The third “Spider-Man” exceeds its predecessors mostly in quantity; there is an abundance of subplots and complications, and just when the film seems likely to unravel the strands come to a reasonable close (reasonable within superhero conventions, that is). This very complexity makes it impossible to talk about the movie without revealing some of the plot, at least the originating strands. If getting the biggest possible surprise is a priority for you, you might prefer to stop reading here.

With “all rights reserved”, do I have the right to quote two full paragraphs, I wonder? Frederica.com is one of the 90 “subscriptions” in my feed reader, one of the couple that ended up there without me really knowing why, yet. There must have been an article or two that had me curious, and added it to my reader “for later viewing”. Seems I have starred two posts… (yea, I use Google Reader, I quite like it, if only they’d implement SEARCH! C’mon people!)

Anyway, a parting thought from the guy (Mike Lund) that logged 513 hours waiting for Revenge of the Sith:

Movies are defined by the people you see them with, just as much as their content, and that’s why Star Wars brought me to Hollywood Boulevard just outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

I only really started realizing that recently. Oh, so much for it being a “parting thought”… One advantage of seeing something early, is you are able to participate in discussions while the topic is still “hot”. Not that I have time for that right now – I might read the above-linked essay next week (after having seen the movie), and then I might make some comments on this post, related to that.

ps. Meh, can’t decide where I want to link to with movie titles. Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic? (I quite like Metacritic.) IMDb or Wikipedia? Reflexively I’d go with Wikipedia, but linking *everything* to there might just be too much, don’t you think? Ugh, and this was a quick link post, turns into more than 700 words. Why does anyone actually read such diarrhoea? ;)

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