Tuesday, May 24, 2005

IS THAT ANOTHER DAREDEVIL I SMELL?


Okay, while the dust hasn't yet settled vis-a-vis the merits, or lack thereof, of the new Star Wars picture (I've checked in with my thoughts in an update to "Your Big Sci-Fi Movie Weekend" a couple of posts below), let me just add that attached to Episode III is a trailer for another movie hotly anticipated by nerds and fanboys the world over, and here I would have to count myself among their number. The original Marvel comic book The Fantastic Four was always one of my favorites as a young kid, and it has always been my hope that it might get a movie treatment along the lines of, say, a Spider-Man 2, a movie based on the other major text of my adolescence.




But after having seen the new trailer Sunday, I'm afraid I smell the distinct aroma not of Sam Raimi's respectful yet vibrant takes on the Peter Parker saga, but that of Ben Affleck and Daredevil. Maybe it's just the way the trailer is cut and pitched, but if there's as much clunky line delivery and "extreme" action smothered in a KROQ-friendly pop metal soundtrack in the actual movie (who knew Johnny Storm would be such a bitchin' motocross fiend?), then I may just have to stay home and break out the musty old comic books instead. My fingers remain crossed that the Daredevil vibe gives way to something more like Raimi's movies, or the X-Men, which took me completely by surprise. Only time will tell. Or perhaps we're in for another unique comparison in cultural influences: how will the big-budget live-action Fantastic Four hold up next to that other super family spectacular, the one at the center of Brad Bird's The Incredibles?

3 comments:

Sharon said...

You know, I had a similar feeling when I saw that trailer. None of the cast really popped for me (with the exception of the yummy Julian McMahon). The others seemed sorely lacking in charisma necessary for true movie superheros. The whole thing felt very flat, lifeless. But who knows? Maybe it'll work, but first impressions are not giving me any confidence.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Daredevil, have you ever watched the expanded dvd edition? I hear it's a marked improvement over the theatrical release.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

I have not seen the expanded DVD version of Daredevil, but to be honest, I objected to the theatrical version on so many levels that any new version would have to be a whole lot more than "improved" for me to want to give it another try. There would have to be a transformation on the order of Bugsy Malone morphing into Little Caesar, or even Little Cigars (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070323/), before I could face that smirk and those red tights again...