Well, I would never have gone to see this film on my own.. it seems too commercial and lately all big budget action films have all kinds of over the top digital effects. Add this to the fact that I haven’t seen the other 2 and you can see why I would never have gone on my own.
But today I did see the film. And I’m posting here to show off about it. See, with the exception of the 200 other people I saw it with, nobody in the nation has seen this yet. It doesn’t open until 12am tomorrow. As you know, my company has been spending a bunch of money and resources promoting the premier and well, as a reward we got to see it today in a special screening courtesy of the studio.
So, I will give you a little review. I was overall, impressed and entertained. The film was pretty believable and wasn’t over the top at all. I suspect that the other 2 were as well since they got good reviews from most fans. This film was also surprisingly funny at times (the intercom buzzer on the editors desk, the French maitre’de). The effects were not overdone at all and in one instance (the “birth” of the sandman) quite spectacular and beautiful. There was also a sequence with a crane and a steel beam. While it was hardly plausible, it still looked real and was pretty cool. Especially when one floor collapsed into another.
I saw 2 cameos. The first one you can verify for me when and if you see the film. Look in the first classroom scene. Behind Peter I am very confident that I saw Paris Hilton.. was I right? Secondly, I loved the Stan Lee cameo. That was a great touch.
I do have a couple of complaints. First of all, the action/fight sequences were shot very close up and I had no idea what was going on at any given time. This is common in action films and I find it very sloppy and uncool. I wish directors would not use the close-up crutch to cover for a lack of detail in their action sequences. Also, I think that the villan named Brok was not motivated enough to all of a sudden want Peter dead.. that came out of left field and it was pretty lame.
Overall, I’d recommend it if you like comic book movies. Enjoy!