Guillermo del Toro is not in fact a movie director by mattsteinglass
August 10, 2008, 12:06 am
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He’s a video artist. Meanwhile, A.O. Scott is probably the greatest living movie reviewer, but man, he sure has liked some crappy superhero flicks. Spiderman 2? Oy. Hellboy 2? For crying out loud.

Halfway through the making of this disaster, somebody should have told Guillermo del Toro that what he has here is not a movie; it’s a collection of video art pieces. They could have set up a series of large screens in the Guggenheim to project them on. It would actually be pretty entertaining to wander through this film’s video environments and animated deedledos at your own pace, letting your eye be drawn to background details, ruminating on influences and so forth.

To say “if only it had a narrative” would be misguided. This thing only suffers from narrative. It should have been an exhibit.

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Spiderman 2 and Hellboy 2 are by no means crappy; average perhaps. They may not be the best superhero films, but they are a long ways from being the worst. I can understand why some may not like them, but they’re on that borderline. It’s not self-evident, in other words, that they are indeed “crappy.”

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