AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Keeps Getting My Hopes Up

The sequel keeps improving... on paper, anyway.

Marc Webb tweeted what appears to be confirmation that photography has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I do mean photography - according to his tweet this new film is being shot on 35mm with anamorphic lenses. To an old fuddy duddy like me (you know, someone who cares about cinema as more than a delivery system for shitty special effects) this is great news. Film always looks better than digital, and Spider-Man is an analog hero, as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully the whole thing is being shot on film, and not just background plates or something. The fact that Webb tweeted the information indicates the movie's all 35, though.

That's just the latest good thing I've heard from Amazing Spider-Man 2. I love the casting; Dane DeHaan and Shailene Woodley are incredible additions to the cast. I like Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti as the villains. I'm interested in seeing how two low-level characters like Electro and the Rhino will be used in the film. And I've heard enough to believe that Webb knows what didn't work on The Amazing Spider-Man, and that he's got the clout to push back against Sony when they start making demands that could ruin the movie. I believe there's a peace between Webb and the execs that will allow Webb to potentially salvage this franchise.

But there's one thing that keeps bugging me. One thing I can't stop worrying about: the credited writers. It's Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the shakiest guns in the west. Great movies get great at the script level. I don't believe these guys have the ability to deliver anything that's good, let alone great. I suspect lots of feet of 35mm film and lots of hours of strong acting will go wasted on this movie, thanks to the script. 

 

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