by Daniel Janks, actor, creative director, writer. Survived: 1. Being born a 2nd child, 2. Having dyslexia, 3. Studying drama at Wits University, 4. Being in love, 5. Burying 3 cats, 6. Being a professional actor, 7. Going to India, 8. Getting married. Janks’s love of film is outdone only by his love for his magnificent wife & small, odd girl-child. Visit his website
A new take on an old story, maybe told one too many times
If, like me, you’re a sucker for a good super hero movie, then I’d certainly recommend you put The Amazing Spider-man on your list for a good night out at the flicks.
That being said it seems to me that Hollywood may not have waited quite long enough since the last iteration of the escapades of Captain Creepy Crawley before trying again. I’ve decided to be magnanimous and forgive this little foible because I think this version makes for a better film.
Long time fans of Spidey beware! Some major re-imagining of Marvel’s original storyline has been perpetrated. Like in the last first film, we start with a nerdy young Peter Parker in high school being pushed around by jocks and yearning after a pretty girl. As a kid Pete’s parents fled pursuit and danger, leaving Pete under the care and protection of his uncle and aunt. Now, haunted by their abandonment Pete struggles to fit in.
But before long Pete finds himself in a room full of super spiders and gets himself bitten. Uncle Ben get’s killed, Pete beats up some bullies and catches the eye of the pretty girl, this time a storyline faithful Gwen Stacey, and then it’s off and away as Spidey is born, a baddie is born and the two do battle.
What stands out?
Andrew Garfield is wonderful as Spidey, out of costume he’s brooding and tragic, and in his tights he slinky and spidery, and clearly nails the role. The magnificent Emma Stone, is, as always wonderful. She doesn’t have much to do, but manages to do it perfectly.
The whole thing?
Bottom line: The Amazing Spider-man is not amazing, but it’s a good, fun film, that’s worth a watch and should be seen on the big screen in 3D.
Age Restriction: T.A.M. is rated 13M for violence and it probably deserves it.