The Amazing Spider-Man 2: too many cooks in the kitchen

By: Marv Castillo

I’m not going to add a lot of words here because these are long statements and I’m tired. However, I really wanted to share this with you, because this not only means that Andrew Garfield is not happy about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, after the things he said, Sony may work harder in their Spider-Man franchise and deliver better films. Maybe even Avi Arad, who is in the opinion of many people, the main problem of these movies, may listen and make better decisions in the future. Anyways, Garfield said the following:

It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it.

Devin Faraci from Badass Digest says he had access to an early draft of the script and it wasn’t that good, but he also adds that maybe Andrew is talking about and earlier draft.

There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.

But I’ll tell you this: Talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy—a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more. It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.

It’s a discernment thing. What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, ‘Oh God, we fucked up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s shit.’ We have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we believe to be true?’ Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable. Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.”

I have to say, I admire what this guy said. I mean, you just don’t confront the people who hired you, but we really need a better Spider-Man movie. The last installment’s tone was all over the place, it starts like a child’s film then it’s morphes into romance, then it turns dark and gritty and it keeps changing every 20 minutes. The studio just wanted to make a movie for everyone and even an idiot knows that’s not possible.

Source: The Daily Beast


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