Typically when you do a coming of age story you rely on the reader/viewer consuming it at the age when they can relate to it so they have an emotional attachment to it otherwise it will lose its impact. The movie is an odd mix and it is sterile. The movie and the cast acts like how they think the characters would act if they were mimicking a Hollywood movie from the 50's, it never feels authentic. The other oddity is the lack of a soundtrack, it is a very quite movie which is in stark contrast to the teen angst which is supposed to be driving the movie forward. Are we to feel love, hate, envy... no, just apathy.
The movie is known more for the director and that it is the first or a very early movie for much of the cast that would later go on to be big stars. Sometimes all of the pieces do not make up a puzzle.
Let me get this straight Tony Stark gives Peter Parker this new high tech suit and yet does not offer any training not just with the suit but with his powers all the while claiming he wants to protect Peter. Sorry that is a fatal flaw. To offset the lack of training with his suit we get to watch Spidey crash through many walls and obstacles and since this version of Spidey has no spider-sense his new computerized suit cant even warn him of any situation. Its better than Spiderman 3 and any of the Garfield ones but that is a low bar.
So the latest Alien movie has turned into a teen slasher movie with all the clichés and all the same questionable behavior. I was expecting a little more after how thoughtful Prometheus was but this was a paint by numbers horror flick and a boring one at that.
I enjoy William Powell as much as any actor but there is one reason to watch this and that is Luise Rainer. The joy and charm she brings to the role of Anna Held is captivating. The movie is long and it tries to be a biopic and a 30's era musical at the same time which I can understand as this is during the depression and it gives people a chance to see a Ziegfeld Follies production which most people could not do back then.