Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

I love it when people fuck with the stories I know

There is definitely a place for creating versions of existing stories that are (generally) faithful to the original. While there are always issues in conversion from one format to another, the basic storyline is generally the same in the film versions of The Lord Of The Rings as it is in the books*, and that's a good thing, because if you're only going to get one version of a treasured book then it's nice that they don't completely Dark-Is-Rising it up.

However, when it comes to superhero movies, there is a definite limit to the number of times that I can maintain any kind of emotional interest in watching Bruce Wayne's parents being killed in front of him. Show me multiple variations on the same movie, and eventually I will get very bored with it. The sheer fact that every movie maker who takes on a superhero movie decides that they have to do the origin story already bores me to tears - sticking so closely to the origin story that I find myself anticipating the gunshots that inspire a life of Great Responsibility is just taking the piss.

And so I am delighted to watch this latest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man and discover that I have _no idea_ exactly how it's going to pan out. Sure, the familliar Peter/Gwen/Curt/Ben/May characters are all there, but I'm not convinced they're going to be following the same patterns as usual, the origin story seems to have been tweaked, they're involving different bits to his back story than I'm used to seeing in the movies, and frankly it looks like the plot of a Spider-Man movie is going to interest me for the first time in a long while**

*I can hear the naysayers already. Look, I know that Faramir had a personality transplant, and the Ents had to do a double-take for no good reason, but the vast majority of the plot was right there.
**I'm not a fan of the Sam Raimi movies. The first one was meh, the second was at least watchable, the third was godawful.

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