Monday, July 2, 2012

The Reboot (or) The Hulk Infinitive

The Amazing Spiderman comes out in theatres on July 3rd. The question isn't, will it be a good movie, chances are it will be better or as good as the Sam Raimi directed trilogy. The real question is, why do another spiderman origin movie so soon after the trilogy? They aren't exactly the same, true, but they are similar enough at the core to warrant some pause as to why we  felt it necessary to make another go of it.

Is this becoming a trend, much like the trend of franchising movies into three or four parts?

I get the desire to tell the version you feel really strongly about. The Hulk is a good example here. Ang Lee, who I am sure does fine work, did a horrible job of representing not only the Hulk, but every character in the story. I can see why it was slotted for a do-over.

I believe that a rebooting a movie can be done well and it can be done badly and it's all in the timing. Did the Hulk need it? Yes, god yes. Does Spiderman? Not really. What is next, reboot the Harry Potter saga with new actors? Didn't like the Avengers? Let's reboot that too...

The American novelist, Ellen Glasgow said, “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”

The reboot, as a trend, will ultimately destroy the already tenuous creativity in the movie industry. Production funding is like water, it will find the easiest path.

I want to see a great movie, done with care and passion. I don't want to see someone else's version of a great movie with the "New Improved" label on it.

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