François-René Rideau (fare) wrote,
François-René Rideau

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Spiderman 2

I quite liked the initial movie Spiderman, which was a didactic story about a geek whiz kid who discovers his moral choices make a difference (and other people's too). But this sequel is more than disappointing: where the first issue was an original ode to morality, this second issue is a boring cliché that instead that promotes a form of moral lunacy, of inversion of values, of philosophical absurdity -- the seed of madness, which leads its individual or collective victims to self-destruction.

A lot of the scenario is built on the weird premise that human interests are divergent, that interaction is win-lose, that you can only help other people by sacrificing yourself, or win by having other people lose: either Spiderman has to help other people and remain poor, or he has to do nothing to help other people, so as to succeed in his own life; his talent cannot be used to help himself. Only through the miracle of love can things be changed, by a supernatural breach in the laws of the universe, after the subject has offered himself into complete self-sacrifice. However, this is completely backwards: the identified ability to help other people is the very source of income on a free market, in which the natural law is that voluntary interaction is win-win, and will benefit all parties even in absence of any emotional bond, thanks to a emotionally neutral universal intermediary, money.

Another premise of the whole superhero meme is that brawls and hand to hand combat are the best usage to which to put extraordinary skills such as Peter Parker's. Whereas of course, the boy's brains can do much more good to mankind that his muscles, and as far as his muscles go, reverse-engineering the miracle that gave him his powers so as to make them benefit all of mankind would be a better long-term improvement than wasting it with only one person. This is all so black magic: glorifying primitive animal fighting instincts, submission to the supernatural strong who will save you if only you obey passively.

Even assuming Spidey's talents were only usable as a means to arrest criminals, city councils would be ready to pay quite a lot to have him protect their town rather than another one, not to talk about brands courting him to show on their commercials. And why is Peter Parker selling his photographs to a cheap liar who accuses him of crimes? At the very least, he should instead be selling pictures to the competition and sueing this joke of an editor-in-chief for libel. Is that a free country or what? If it is, there should be laws to protect freedom of press, and other laws to punish unsubstantiated defamatory accusations. Why aren't there other newspapers spreading a dissenting opinion? If so many people are ready to testify for Spidey, and no one against him (since the premise is that he is an innocent hero), how can anyone go on indefinitely spewing dirt upon him without consequences? And if this isn't a free country, then the enforcers of the abusive government power and not the small time gangsters are the most important enemy to fight.

As for having a secret identity, how is the life of a superhero or that of his relatives more threatened than that of any police officer and theirs? What gangster tries to meet and confront the most reputable unvanquished law enforcer? Well, once again, only one who practically (either officially or officiously) holds governmental powers. And then what the superhero has to fight is this de facto (if not de jure) government. Other criminals keep a low profile.

Oh, and the physics of the computer generated animation looks so artificial; some computer games have more realistic looking character animation. And the action scenes make no more sense than the rest of the movie. No amount of good acting can save such a bad story. How can an actress become and remain a celebrity if she forgets her lines any time her boyfriend does or doesn't come see her performance?

Black Magic at its worst. Please fire the writers, and get back the writer of the first episode.

Tags: black magic, disrecommendation, dynamism, economics, en, ethics, libertarian, movies, statism, storytelling
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