Mr. English Scrimshaw (jm_engshaw) wrote,
Mr. English Scrimshaw

"I'm still a geek on the inside, that's the important thing." - Weird Al

I saw Superman Returns last night. There was much to praise but at the same time... there was something weird about it. I think we're starting to see a strange, new Hollywood phenomenon. For more than a decade now, Hollywood has recognized the power of geeks as a fanbase but with Peter Jackson's rise to fame they are now recognizing the power of geeks as creators. I mention Jackson because Superman Returns reminds me very much of Jackson's King Kong. I think both these films serve as reminders that geeks in high places can be a double edged sword. King Kong and Superman Returns are amazing and sometimes perfect movies but at the heart of both films there's an adoration of the original source material that verges on fetishism. Essentially, they feel like fan films. Incredible, breathtaking, pinch-me-I'm-dreaming fan films, but fan films all the same. Is that a bad thing? I'm not sure yet... but I'll definitely take great but vaguely unsatisfying films like King Kong and Superman Returns over heartless, by-the-numbers blockbusters like X-Men III. Of course, I wish they all could be Spider-Man.

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