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James Franco was not impressed by ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
January 31, 2013

One of the stars of director Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" trilogy was not wowed by the wall-crawler's latest cinematic outing.

Actor James Franco, who played Peter Parker's best friend/mortal enemy Harry Osborn in three Spider-Man movies, recently told MTV News that he wasn't terribly impressed by director Mark Webb's divisive superhero reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man." Webb's 2012 film re-imagined Peter Parker's superhero origin story with a new villain (The Lizard) and a new, younger cast (Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone).

See also: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' finds its Harry Osborn

The sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to some very high-profile casting announcements, so naturally the subject of the new Spidey flicks came up when MTV spoke to Franco last week. Many fans criticized Webb's film for being a mostly unnecessary re-imagining of the series, and when asked about it Franco seemed to agree by letting out dismissive "Ehhhhh..."

“I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original," Franco critiqued, adding that he didn't really see the point of the reboot. "It was like, ‘Why?’ I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. Good for them."

The "Spring Breakers" star seems to be implying that "The Amazing Spider-Man" was nothing but a cheap cash grab, but this writer would like to add that if Webb's movie was nothing but a quickie cash-in, then what would that make Raimi and Franco's "Spider-Man 3"? The final entry in Raimi's trilogy was a disjointed, mess of a movie full of fan service and villains, but not much else. To be fair, Franco's bizarre performance in "Spider-Man 3" was a highlight, but an expression about people, glass houses, and stones comes to mind when we hear actors talking like this.

See also: What's next for Spider-Man?

On the subject of Spider-Man, Franco took the opportunity to talk up his most recent collaboration with director Sam Raimi.

"Sam and I moved on. We made 'Oz,'” Franco said, referring to the Raimi's upcoming "Oz the Great and Powerful" due out in March. Some might argue that Disney's update of L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" story is just a cash grab to capitalize on the success of Tim Burton's equally fantastic 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland" -- but that would be rude.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" flies into theatres on March 8, while the Franco-less Spider-sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is set for release on May 2, 2014.

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