So, at the moment, that falls into two main categories:
I really liked the movie. I took the kids to see it, tonight, after seeing it over the weekend with some LJ peeps. I think I liked it more after a second viewing. It has a million things I could gripe about, but the fact is, it's a lot of fun and in so many ways hit the right blend of things in the right way... I just really liked it.
It clearly blew #2 out of the water and I think it very well might have been better than #1.
I'll say this: it easily has the best action scenes out of any of them, which is a minor point, but wow. Those fights were intense. It also has the most laughs out of any of them, which again isn't a major point but is worth noting.
The movie's a bit maudlin at times, but does manage to reign it in enough to have some genuinely touching scenes. One of them in particular: the scene where Sandman is "born". I won't go into a lot of details, other than to say that ILM and Sam Raimi deserve a hell of a lot of credit, because that CG-animated pile of sand is one of the better actors in the movie (and visually, just amazing). It probably goes on for a little too long (not in the sense of clock time but in the sense that it didn't need to linger on him after he coalesces... I think I'd have preferred seeing a bit more of the struggle and a little less of the success) but otherwise is just a great, great scene. Good music, too.
Even the parts that should've bothered me often didn't. Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/ Venom, for instance, should've just killed me. He just seems so wrong compared to the comic books, but I really liked the way they did the character. Visually, it struck me as pretty wrong, too, but again, I liked it.
I guess part of the reason I feel I should dislike it more than I did was because it changed *so much* of the plots and characters from the comic, and the fanboy in me is theoretically appalled, but honestly, I don't really care. It was just a fun movie, and that's enough.
Ok, show of hands, who else is watching Heroes? This isn't a big secret, it's been a pretty big hit for NBC so far, and undeservedly so. Ironically, NBC is struggling with so many of its good shows, and a clearly mediocre one goes out and hits a home run. Ah well, so be it - if successes like this can help support some of the less popular shows, I'll live with it.
It's hard to say what's worse about Heroes - the acting, or the writing. They're vying with each other in some sort of cosmic, epic struggle, and each week I sit on the edge of my seat wondering which will win. So far, the only thing I know for sure is that we (the viewers) are losing. It's too bad, too, because it's a great concept and the plot is somewhat interesting (if completely convoluted and ridiculous - which is appropriate for a comic-book show, I guess) but it still manages to piss me off regularly. Every time I start to enjoy it, something goes wrong - some actor completely flubs a scene, or some line of dialogue is so bad I get a nosebleed. Why, God, why?!
If you haven't seen it, the basic concept is that a bunch of people from this generation and the last have started developing super-powers, like flight, or invisibility. There's a secret, shadowy cabal of people who seem intent on saving the world by destroying it, and a large population of the empowered that have no real idea what the hell is going on. The production team seems to have the power to pick the worst writers and actors available, but maybe that's just a matter of experience and practice rather than some sort of supernatural ability. Hard to say.
There are a few exceptions. Hiro, for instance, is a character that I can describe with no word other than "adorable". I know, my balls started shriveling up as soon as I typed that, but it's true. He's just very goofy and sweet and hard not to like. I don't know if I'd call it good acting, per se, but there's some real nerdy charisma there that he's exuding. There are a few other decent ones, but most of them are just so over-the-top that it's painful.
Anyways, I got caught up in some other stuff (we just pushed out some new features on MiGente.com and I was checking it out) so it's way later than I intended to stay up. I'm heading to bed... g'nite, all.