Monday, April 28, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Green Goblin

In what will probably be a series of rambling posts spanning several days, Imma talk bout Spider-Man.

There was actually more things to like in this movie than I was expecting. The biggest and most pleasant surprise was how the Green Goblin was handled, for the most part. (I have to add in the phrase "for the most part" for about 90% of things that I say about this movie because there's 23 different subplots going on here. Something that works in one place can totally fail in another. So, for the sake of simplicity, just mentally add the phrase "for the most part" after every sentence you read here.)

The entirety of Harry/Green Goblin is a great metaphor for the entire movie, by the way. The Green Goblin looks amazing. I dug the suit, the skin, the changes to his face and teeth when he goblins up...it looked really cool. I just didn't grasp his plan for most of the movie, and most of the plot revolving around him is contrived. The things that I did like I didn't get enough of, and the things that didn't make any sense were too numerous.

Harry's subplot's problems start from the moment he gets introduced (and again, very indicative of the problems this movie has). His very first scene has him confront his dying father (whom we've never seen before, but is very important) and he is told that the shakes he's been having are part of a genetic disease that will someday kill him. Throughout the entire movie, we never actually see the effects of this disease on Harry physically. There may have been one or two scenes where his hand moves a little uncontrollably, but he's not withering away before our eyes or anything. Show, don't tell, movie. Plus, his dad dies when he's at least 50 years old, so it's not like he's going to die tomorrow or anything.

We do get to see the psychological effect of knowing that he has an uncurable genetic disease, which gives his character more than anything else in this fucking movie some actual, understandable motivation. The psychological effects are largely the more important, I guess, but watching Harry walk around and skip stones have a great little man-date with Peter don't really lend much gravitas to the "dead man walking" thing.

And his relationship with Peter. Apparently they were best friends when they were 10 or so years old. (The movie's timeline gets a bit confusing.) I suppose they stopped being friends when Harry's dad sends him away to a boarding school in the 1800s where phones and computers, so they haven't spoken for 8 years. We are, again, told that they are good friends though.

I get that it's hard to bring so many things together, but why not have them meet in this movie and become good friends. Isn't that possible? We have movies where people meet and fall in love; Wouldn't meeting and becoming good friends be even easier? But nope, just take our word for it audience: They are friends.
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