Friday, February 10, 2012

FRIDAY SCATTER-SHOOTING: Taking a Look at the week's 2 big trailers: Bourne and Spidey

* Two big trailers come out this week, The Amazing Spiderman and The Bourne Legacy. We’ll get to the former in a moment, but what about this Bourne film with no Matt Damon?

* When I heard they were working on a fourth Bourne film I was not pleased. The Bourne Ultimatum ended a perfect trilogy and was symmetrical with the beginning of the franchise. Having Damon reprise a role in a story that had clearly been tied together was absurd. But then, the brain trust of the franchise decided to go a new direction, with a new action star: Jeremy Renner.

* The powers that be have clearly figured out a way to keep this Bourne franchise moving forward with energy, life, and grit. The trailer for The Bourne Legacy instills me with great confidence; the supporting players from the original films are back, and the plot seems to explain this shift in character perfectly. Consider me on board.

* Now, as for this Spiderman business. I don’t really know what to do with it yet. Even after this first full trailer, I am conflicted.

* There is a darker tone to the picture. This is not happy-go-lucky Peter Parker from the earlier films. I feel like the story is trying too hard to give Spiderman a dark past similar to Batman. Actually, it couldn’t be more similar: parents mysteriously killed, driven to defend the masses, yadda yadda yadda…

* Spiderman is not Batman. He’s Spiderman.

* I do like the idea of having The Lizard as Spidey’s villain to oppose in this new version. The character appeared in Spider-Man 2, played by Dylan Baker, but his transformation was never addressed. Instead they had to vomit out Spider-Man 3.

* I’ll stay in Camp Skeptic on this one for now…