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Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Sunday, July 04, 2004
 
So, I went to see "Spiderman 2" last night. It was really nice to see a summer film that knew how to balance its big action sequences with its smaller dramatic moments, and make each equally fascinating. The entire movie was fun to watch, and there was dimension to the characters (I was surprised to find myself feeling sorry for Dr. Octopus). It was also cool to see Kirsten Dunst playing Cecily in "Importance of Being Earnest". Oh, if only THAT were the production I could have been Algernon in.

The film has been setting records - like opening day box-office and such - but the showing I attended made yet another record: The most number of times an audience applauded during a movie. I'm not kidding, there were like twenty different moments that the audience applauded. When the showed the Marvel Comics logo, when they showed the title, at the end of every stinkin' action sequence (the action sequences actually weren't stinkin', and in fact were inventive and thrilling, but you know what I mean), and at every single plot point in the last half-hour (none of which I'll give away).

Who are you applauding for? I can assure you that Tobey Maguire, Kirsetn Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Sam Raimi and Michael Chabon have better places to be on the opening weekend of their film than at the Block in Orange County. Perhaps the projectionist? Granted he turned on and off the projector with ease, and made sure the lighting was bright enough to register the images on screen. The characters? They're not real.

I can understand applauding a play or a concert or a political rally. There are live people there who can hear and respond to your praise. But when you applaud Spiderman, Tobey Maguire's ears won't be ringing in Los Angeles. He won't hear you. No one will hear you but the other people in the audience. And that incredible projectionist.

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