Monday, July 30, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

Written: By James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent
Directed: By Marc Webb
Starring: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield & Martin Sheen

Anything with amazing in the title is doomed to fall short but this new revamped Spiderman movie is pretty good. The main character Andrew Garfield, known for his roll in ‘The Social Network,’ does a good job as being an angry, sad teenager who lost his parents.

The film has a strong beginning developing Peter Parker’s back-story and building his character. The film dedicates a large part of the film to setting up who Spiderman really is and why he does what he does. This is a great start.

Unfortunately the movie quickly falls apart after that. Spider bites and mysterious serums turn the ordinary characters we have connected with in the first half, into extraordinary hero’s and villains in the second half. Normally this would be ok but the motivation of these characters suddenly goes straight out the window. The audience is left with a bunch of CGI scenes and shameful rhetoric.

What may keep your attention is the wonderful and talented Emma Stone. She plays Gwen, Spiderman’s love interest. Her cuteness resonates in every scene she’s in.  She has such star quality that the character blossoms into a wonderful balance of realistic emotion. Martin Sheen also has a stunning performance as Uncle Ben. Sheen is a true veteran of the film industry and brings his best to the table.

Bottom five. This film had potential but swiftly falls on its face. If you enjoyed the comic books you’ll enjoy the film. 

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