Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movie Review- 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is the only spider I wouldn’t mind having crawl around

April Barkley 
WCB Movie Writer

Studio-Marvel Entertainment
Director-Marc Webb
Starring-Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone,
Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott,
Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Rating- 3.5 out of 4 stars 
This film stays true to its title. I have seen all the spider-man films and wasn’t always that impressed which is why I did not have high hopes for this film. But, it blew me away and all I can say is, thank you Tobey Maguire for retiring. Many of you may disagree but I thought Andrew Garfield was amazing as just a regular high schooler and as a hero. What kind of stunk was the story since there wasn’t anything new. It was the same old story we all know. I disagree it’s the “untold story”, but they made up for that along the way.

Directed by Marc Webb (how perfect), the film follows the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a science-kid still in high school who deals with getting picked on, his inability to talk to girls, the loss of his parents, and oh yeah, becoming a spider/superhero.

Parker is raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Since his parent’s disappearance, Parker continues to look for answers as to what happened to them. After coming across revealing info, he is led to Oscorp and Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. Connors is trying to cure undetermined diseases and regrow lost limbs. Things go wrong with the experiments which is where our villain comes in and it’s up to Spider-man to help save the public from the evil plans the villain has in store for them all.

I’m not sure how essential it was to make another Spider-man movie but this one seemed brand new and fresh. His origin story had way more details, we can relate to Garfield better, and the shy, young love between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) was more attractive to watch than the previous films.

There’s also a modern-teenage-geek take on the whole story which makes you care about what happens to the characters. If we are going to watch a film about some guy, I want to know why. And Garfield was fantastic at telling us why. He made me laugh too. They evened out the goofy/action stuff. I like comical breaks.

Another aspect that will keep your attention: Spidey sure can fight. The action scenes were intense and exciting. The graphics were a thrill to watch. This film had it all. The only downsides are that the plot hasn’t changed much. That being said; there are differences to give the film a little edge. It does take a little time to get to the point because this film builds more on the characters than previous Spidey films. Go see it because you’ll agree with me when I say, he’s the only spider I wouldn’t mind having crawl around.

P.S. Before you run out of the theatre, stick around during the credits, there’s something more you may want to see...

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