Tuesday, May 1, 2007

But at least there's no Ewoks

Came across this interesting review of the SpiderMan III. You can see why the Los Angeles Times is to movie reviews what the WSJ is to business news, the WashPost is to politics, etc.

This movie is reportedly the most expensive in history. In addition to the $250+ million spent to actually make the film, supposedly the total costs, including P&A expenditures, are expected to round out at half a billion dollars. Yes, that's $500,000,000.00.

A quote:
Once upon a time the story of a spider-bit boy turned love-struck crime-fighter was just another movie hoping to be a hit. What a difference a few years and more than $1.6 billion in worldwide Spidey and Spidey 2 theatrical receipts makes. All that money means that it wasn't in the cards for "Spider-Man 3" to be a tale that demanded to be told in any artistic sense, a story that anyone burned to make for anything like purely creative reasons.

Rather, this is a film that commerce mandated, a marketing puzzle that insisted on a solution, an ├╝ber-franchise whose north of $250-million budget and sky-high expectations make it a master that must be served, a monster to be fed, an imperious creature with its own needs and drives.

1 comment:

Gleemonex said...

Interesting, and maybe a little bit sad ... but I'll be there with my $11.50 opening night with the same gang of drunken fools I rolled with the first two times, eh wot.