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The Amazing Spider Man (DVD)
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The Amazing Spider Man (DVD)
Advantages: good casting and direction, good chemistry between Stone and Garfield, decent storyline
Disadvantages: Rhys Ifans character, not that much better in 3d really
This will be a film only review as the film has just come out in the cinemas and is not yet available on DVD.
Spiderman is one of the most well known and popular comic book heroes and in this film he gets a reboot as we delve once again into the origins of the character. The film has a completely new cast as out go Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and in come Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.The film was commercially released in early July 2012. It seems quite surprising that the film has been made so close to the previous one which came just five years ago (Spiderman 3 in 2007) and only 10 years since the original Spiderman in 2002. There had been plans for a fourth one but these plans got shelved and instead a reboot was planned under new director, Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer).
We have the main title character, Peter Parker aka Spiderman who is played by Andrew Garfield. We first see him as a young child when his parents mysteriously disappear and he is left with his aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen). Later we see him as a slightly awkward teenager who is picked on by a guy named Flash. We also meet his love interest in the shape of Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). Once Peter finds out that his father worked for Oscorp and with a man named Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) he attends the offices of the company and pretends to be an intern. Whilst there, he is bitten by a genetically modified spider which allows him to possess special spider like powers. Dr Curt Connors later becomes the villain in the shape of a lizard like character.
Watching this in 3d was a great new experience with some great action sequences but overall there isn't that much difference compared to the 2d version as there isn't a lot of film time dedicated to the 3d effects.
The film has a strong cast. Garfield has said that playing Spiderman was a dream of his since he was a young boy and his casting is definitely a good one. There is good chemistry between the characters of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey. This is due to the acting quality of both Garfield and Stone and it is no surprise they continued their romance off screen. The supporting characters such as Aunt May and Uncle Ben also link in well and are given more screen time in comparison to the previous version. The strength of the film is its characters and the development of the story. The film also has some comedy moments which add to its overall appeal. Rhys Ifans is slightly disappointing in his role and the relationship between his evil character and Spiderman could have been further developed.
The films soundtrack and score are also decent. The action sequences and CGI are also at times quite spectacular with Spiderman slinging his web through the air in order to save lives and fight the enemy.
Although this is a remake, it has enough to make it a more than an average film. The acting and direction are very good and the film although rehashing an already trodden path is good in its own right. It is a big summer blockbuster and is certain to get people in to watch it and prove to be a box office success. Not quite a classic but it gets 4 out of 5 stars from me. Batman and Dark Knight Rises may be the most awaited summer blockbuster but this may also prove to be a hit.
Directed by:Marc Webb
Screenplay by James Vanderbilt
Story by: James Vanderbilt
Based on The Amazing Spider-Man by
Music by: James Horner
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
July 3, 2012(United States)
Running time: 136 minutes
Summary: worth a watch