The Spider-Man comics were created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and published by Marvel Comics for the first time in 1962. As kid, I saw “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which aired in ’77-’78 and obviously Spidey was one of my heroes. Based on a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is the most expensive – $70 million and counting – Broadway production in history, a rock musical with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge. Two Irish guys writing a rock musical for Broadway, it is something. While U2 fans waiting for the new album, we’ve got “Duals” and now this soundtrack. Bono said: “If we thought it would take this long, there is not a chance on earth we’d have done it.”
The musical get mixed, but mainly negative reviews. “Upon a preliminary viewing back in February, “Spider-Man” was a spectacular mess. The finished version is reasonably improved but somewhat less spectacular.” – Steven Suskin wrote in Variety. The Hollywood Reporter called the show a “bloated monster” while The New York Times branded it “a bore”. Peter Marks for The Washington Post said about the new show – “a definite upgrade” to its previous version, “this effects-driven musical is still situated a wide canyon’s distance from good”. The Associated Press summed up its opinion by saying: “It may not be the best thing in theater, but it is far from the worst show in Broadway history.”
Entertainment Weekly blasted the score: “a mostly lacklustre collection of forgettable tunes that play like B-sides” and Adam Markovitz wrote: “You’ll be safe from falling stuntmen, but the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway’s notorious mega-musical poses a more mundane risk: boredom.” “The score by Bono and The Edge of U2, with barely a single memorable tune, and a constant feeling of dÃ©jÃ entendu as they raid the riffs of their back catalogue. This is rock music at its most ponderous and overblown and now sounds well past its sell-by date.” – said Charles Spencer in The Telegraph.
For the OST Bono said they have been chosen from 18 songs and 20 pieces of score, and he added: “plus we’ve included some of our own demos for the fun of it”. While some praised performances from lead actors Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page, I still believe Bono’s voice still charming and I like The Edge’s particular guitar riffs and playing style.
I’m not an expert in musicals, actually I’m kind of reluctant, but there’s a few “nice” songs. “Pull the Trigger” and “Sinistereo” are quite exciting tracks while “I Just Can’t Walk Away (Say It Now)” is ok for another ballad. I listen thousands of media praised million time worster albums only this year…
Anyway, I’m still hoping that the new U2 album will be much more exciting.
I still don’t get it: what kind of idiots spend $70 million in this times of crises and what use for?