Friday 24 March 2017

Spider-Man finds fresh nemesis in form of New York newspaper critics

The following extracts are taken from reviews published in US newspapers.

The Hollywood Reporter -- David Rooney

"When a show is as misconceived as 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark', it's more realistic to expect cosmetic improvements than miracles.

"That's exactly what the new creative team has accomplished in this significantly overhauled, but still terminally clunky, reworking of the troubled mega-musical, now officially open after a record 183 previews."

New York Post -- Elizabeth Vincentelli

"After many upheavals and accidents, firings and rewrites, the show is closer than ever to the bull's eye, but that's not saying much -- the target has been both broadened and lowered. The point of reference is Joel Schumacher's family-ready 'Batman', not Christopher Nolan's dark, arty one."

Wall Street Journal -- Terry Teachout

"If beauty were really only skin deep, then 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' would be the perfect musical. Every cent of the $70m (€49.3m) budget is visible. . . It's the best-looking mediocre musical ever to open on Broadway.

"The score, by U2's Bono and The Edge, sounds like a double album of B-sides ("Don't think about tomorrow / We've only got today"). Not only are the songs forgettable, but they never succeed in generating any dramatic momentum -- all they do is get louder."

Entertainment Weekly

-- Thom Geier

"Bono and The Edge's score is a mostly lacklustre collection of forgettable tunes that play like U2 B-sides. . . It may be an admirable work of revision, but it's an unsatisfying meal, like one of mom's end-of-the-week casseroles made of leftovers she couldn't bear to toss.

"A lot of talent and money have gone into 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'. But with great promise (and an even greater budget) comes the great responsibility of delivering. Though it's undeniably cool to see costumed heroes zip overhead, this Spidey just can't get off the ground."

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