Mother's day weekend started off nice with a fun, casual evening with friends, sushi and the familiar sounds of people swearing while playing video games. Sunday I go to work (my once day a week when I work opening shift instead of closing), hang out with the parents and collapse with with plague soon after. I don't know what it was, be it the food I ate at Cinema Cafe or what, but I was just out of it Sunday night and most of Monday. I'm still a bit tired and sore, but I think I'm through the worst of it.
Saw Spider-Man 3 for Mothers day (love having geek parents. seriously, my mom was totally geeking out over Pirates 3) and I have to say I enjoyed it. Number 2 still tops the list, but it was good. Love how they did the Sandman and I wish they had focused more on his storyline then jumping between the Venom/Goblin II/romance stories. I mean, I realize that they had to set up the Venom thing so they could have the black costume and to truly set up Venom you also have to set up Eddie Brock. Maybe if they had held off the Goblin II heavy story aspect they could have spent more time with Sandman. He was the one set up as they sympathetic character, but they hardly got a chance to really work with him. Still, I think the director did good with what he had to work with. He managed to fix it all together so the pacing wasn't too off.
Which leads me to really wonder about MARVEL movie making. You have two franchises that have done really well and the others that fall more into the decent/mediocre range. Hulk is kind of the odd man out because I thought it was a good movie, but maybe better suited to being a second movie. You know, have the whole Hulk Smash in the first then have the in depth character study in the second? The first Blade was good, second one good, not sure what happened in the third.
I know that not every movie can be off the charts awesome, but MARVEL's movies seem to have this bi-polar quality thing going for them. Why not try to make every film under your brand a Spider-Man or a X-Men? Ghost Rider was a decent action flick, but with some tweaking it could have been some awesome kick ass biker flick! Hell, shove out the comities of writers and get one solid writer. See if Warren Ellis or Grant Morrison would try a treatment, both of those guys would do solid work on a strange character like Ghost Writer. A single writer or two writers will almost always deliver a solid, single voice script where as having it written by comitie will usually deliver something much less unified and bland.
In closing...MARVEL, if you make a Captian America movie don't make him the fish out of water on the first time around. Have him kick Nazi ass in WWII. That is all.