‘THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’
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An ‘Amazing’ New Era of ‘Spider-Man’ Begins
This review is for Timelord007, who is a fan of the Andrew Garfield era of ‘Spider-Man’.
With the ‘Spider-Man’ movie series in doubt, it was unclear whether there would be another movie featuring the web-slinging superhero again. But his days on the big screen were far from over, as ‘Spider-Man’ was reinvented for a new generation of Spidey fans to enjoy, which was very exciting indeed.
In 2012, the ‘Spider-Man’ series started again with a new lead actor playing the web-slinging superhero. This is ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Many wondered whether this new film would be a success. But the new film worked and became popular.
When I heard about this remake of ‘Spider-Man’, I wasn’t overly keen at first. I remained loyal to the Tobey Maguire era of ‘Spider-Man’ and didn’t think I would enjoy this new movie. But on a whim with my parents, we went see the new movie and I immensely enjoyed watching it in the cinemas.
So what makes this new version of ‘Spider-Man’ different to the Tobey Maguire era? Well, this new version takes a modern approach from the recent comics and deals more with Peter Parker as a teenager in high school. Also the story is focused on the history of Peter Parker than on Spider-Man.
Peter Parker is a social outcast. He gets bullied at school and has a crush on Gwen Stacey. But Peter knows there’s a secret to his past life. When embarking on a trip to OsCorp to find more answers, Peter gets bitten by a genetically engineered spider and becomes the new superhero, Spider-Man.
To make mention on Spider-Man, he still crawls on walls but can’t shoot webs out of his own arms organically. He invents the web shooters in his suit to do the web slinging through the city and to capture criminals. Spidey’s costume is rather different from the traditional look we know and love.
Andrew Garfield is great as Spider-Man/Peter Parker! I first saw Andrew in the two-part ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘Daleks in Manhattan’/’Evolution of the Daleks’ with David Tennant. Andrew is no Tobey Maguire, but he gets Peter’s sense of humour spot-on and he’s pretty agile in his costume and when in action.
Emma Stone stars as Gwen Stacey, Peter’s love interest in this movie. I found it interesting that they decided to go for Gwen instead of Mary Jane Watson. Emma gives a lovely performance as Gwen, who is a sweet and loving girl as she connects and gets to know Peter at high school before she discovers he’s Spidey.
Rhys Ifans stars as the Lizard aka Dr Curt Connors, Spidey-s arch-nemesis. Connors turns out to be a colleague of Peter’s father Richard Parker. I really like the relationship formed between Peter and Connors. Rhys is likeable as Dr Connors before he transforms into a monster and attacks New York.
Denis Leary stars as George Stacey, Gwen’s father and captain of the New York police. I really like Denis’ interpretation of Captain Stacy. Denis’ Captain Stacy is pretty suspicious of Spider-Man as he believes him to be a criminal. There’s tension between him and Peter when they met about Spidey.
Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz star as Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents. They appear at the beginning of the movie. There’s a dark secret about Peter’s parents which is one they never shared with Peter as a boy. They drop him off at Uncle Ben and Aunt May’s before they disappear.
Martin Sheen stars as Uncle Ben. He’s a loving uncle who does tell Peter off at times and teaches him about responsibility. He’s concerned for him at school and helps him through the struggles in life. Pretty soon Uncle Ben gets killed in the movie, leaving a distraught Peter before he becomes Spidey.
Sally Field stars as Aunt May. Sally plays her as a caring, loving aunt. Aunt May loves making spaghetti and meatballs for Peter (Hmm! Nice!). She gets worried about Peter after Uncle Ben dies and when he goes out on at night to fight crime as Spider-Man, giving her less sleep as this happens.
J. Jonan Jameson doesn’t appear in this movie I’m afraid. This is a shame as I really liked Jameson, though you can’t top up J.K. Simmons’ performance as Jameson in the original ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy.
The film’s director is Marc Webb. He certainly makes a ‘web’-filled action-packed movie that lives up to the superhero’s title! I liked how he’s balanced the action scenes and the drama of this movie well.
The set design’s pretty good in this movie. I liked visiting the home of Aunt May and Uncle Ben in the movie; seeing the OsCorp tower and seeing New York at night with Spidey swinging through the city.
The special effects of this movie are spectacular too. The visual effects of Spidey swinging through the city are agile and dynamic than ever before. The Lizard’s CGI make-up is also pretty terrifying.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is a great start to a new era of the web-slinging superhero. I didn’t think this version of ‘Spider-Man’ would work and be as good as the Tobey Maguire era, as that will always be my favourite era. But this is still ‘Spider-Man’ and he will always be my favourite superhero.
This film is dedicated in loving memory of Laura Ziskin, who was producer of the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy and of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ film, as she sadly passed away in 2011.
The DVD special features are as follows. There’s a filmmakers’ commentary; some deleted scenes; a series of ‘stunt rehearsals’ and ‘The Oscorp Archives – Production Art Gallery’. If you want to see more behind-the-scenes extras of this movie, you’ll have to get the Blu-ray release of the movie.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ – 8/10
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