I haven't seen this yet. The major obstacle, apart from the retread factor, is simply that it looks like the most anonymous committee made film yet.
For comparison, people were saying Dredd doesn't seem too promising, which is true, but they at least went and got Anthony Dodd Mantle and told him to go nuts with the colours like always. TASm just looks rote. Like the movie version of a TV series I haven't seen. I guess I'm superficial like that. Anyway...
Originally Posted by Sebastian OB
Ok, let's take how Peter is portrayed in both films. In Raimi's film he is this "Golly gee" almost anachronistic character, very close to what we'd find in the early comics, and as pointed out, the sort of teenager that really doesn't exist any more, and didn't really exist in 2002 either. It is an idealized version of a "nerd". The new Peter is presented to us as the sort of kid we'd actually find in a modern high school, in a world where "nerd" doesn't mean uncool. It goes beyond just modernization, it's putting Peter directly in OUR WORLD, and not the more idealized world of Raimi's. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but the approach here is clearly more grounded in our reality. And that's just how the main character is presented.
This kind of fascinates me. The movie moan crowd were talking about this too and I find it very odd. It's as if people are saying there are no outcasts anymore, no awkward people. That's from a bygone era. Everyone is cool and well adjusted and handsome now, even the "nerds". This notion actually started with the first Spiderman, I seem to recall. The great exemplar I never forgot was a red carpet stop by Gene frikkin Simmons talking about how he was a geek at school and how geeks are on top now and buy his books and attend his talks on how you too can bang a supermodel every week, or something. I think that was the gist.
Really when Kiss are laying claim to outsider status it's time to rethink the boundaries a little. The majors jump on grunge and industrial it doesn't mean the underground is now the mainstream. There's a new underground somewhere else.
(great now I've derailed it into hipster and cool talk, potentially, but hopefully that makes some sense)
I did go along for a time thinking maybe it might actually be true that nerds were now cool, until I caught a recent low budget doc someone local made about Bronies (yes) at her school.
Let me tell ya, they're still around. And they're not cool. Ohohoh so not cool.
So while I haven't seen it yet, my feeling is that suggesting this take on Peter Parker is some how up to date and connected with da yoof is way overdoing it. It's actually the same old same old, as it has been since "teenage" movies and shows in the fifties and ever after. Youth oriented protagonists, even if they were sympathetic outsiders afflicted with "real problems", have always been thinly disguised handsome charismatic go-getters. You cast a wider net that way and get more viewers. Aspirational and relatable at the same time, so the theory goes (and embittered outsider kids ( o/ ) will remain unconvinced by the charade).
We shouldn't kid ourselves that its current and realistic in any spectacularly (sorry) original way. If they wanted to make Parker a real outsider they could, but it not a Todd Solondz movie.
But I haven't been near a school in a long time, nor seen the movie so...