Saturday, July 21, 2012

Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman

I have to first start off this review by admitting that I am NOT a comic book geek. I may be geeky in many respects, but I was never a huge comic book reader. Before seeing The Amazing Spiderman, I did some Wikipedia to get a bit of background on secondary characters (Gwen Stacy, Dr. Curtis Connors, etc). Interesting (and heartbreaking!) stuffs!

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
Anyway, spending the weekend with my sis, and we decided to see this movie, starring the adorkable Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go, Dr. Who), the quirky Emma Stone (Easy A, The Help) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1). I saw the last three Spidey movies, and I wasn't really a fan. I'm not a huge fan of Kirsten Dunst or James Franco, so all it had going for it was Tobey Maguire. I never thought there was much chemistry between Maguire and Dunst, either.

That said, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had OODLES of chemistry! Reading interviews with them, Garfield said that when they did their first reading together, she walked in and it was electric. You could just tell that they really liked each other, they enjoyed each other's company and it wasn't JUST acting for them.

Seriously, hot. 
Synopsis time!

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

I really enjoyed this movie. We saw it in 3-D (without the intention to), and I feel like it definitely added to the world the ironically named director, Marc Webb was trying to build. There was a scene, before Peter was bitten, where he is looking at this area where they keep the radioactive spiders, and they're in this incubator-type thing, each spider making its own web, and Peter's just watching them all carefully. I kept thinking "I would NEVER get that close to so many spiders!" 

I wasn't familiar with Dr. Connors, or The Lizard Man (Like I said, I didn't read the comics), but I felt more bad for him than anything. Here was a man who had spent his life working with mixing the DNA of animals to create a superior being. He'd also lost his arm (if they explained it, I was in the bathroom, so I don't know, honestly), somehow, and wanted more than anything to regrow his limb like some lizards were able to do. When Norman Osborn's flunkie said they were going to cancel his research, and he got a little crazy. Took the concoction that they'd only tested on mice for himself, and slowly became the Lizard Man. He was a good man who let bad circumstances get the better of him.

Maybe this is why I wasn't a science girl?
I also loved that Gwen Stacy wasn't just a pretty wallflower. She was really smart. She was a scientist, and knew exactly what was at stake and what needed to be done. She did what was necessary to save her city, ignoring Peter and her father to get the job done. She was badass. Mary Jane Watson was not. She had to be rescued. A LOT.

Andrew Garfield was a witty, sarcastic Spidey. He was just nerdy enough, but with a hint of hipster that all geeks seem to have these days. There have been several memes on Pinterest and Tumblr going on and on about Garfield's hair in this movie. While he does have some good hair, I have to laugh at how much of a fan club it's gotten. He's always pretty awkward, which he does well. He seems to be caught in a state of wanting to be a kid and wanting to prove how grown up he is (Just saw in in the Doctor Who episode "Daleks in New York," and also in the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, he does the same thing). I think he's got a lot of growing up to do, but he's definitely coming into his own. 

I hope he'll always have that great hair.
I enjoyed this movie. My uncle didn't because he's a comic book snob. Apparently, they changed the origin story. They changed the origin story of Star Trek a few years ago, too. It's making way for a new audience, it's creating an alternate universe, which most comic books (from what I understand) take part in, so I don't see a problem with it. Though, I suppose if someone tried to tell ME that Jane Bennett ends up with Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, I'd scoff at that, too.

Wait.

I forgot about Lost in Austen. That DID happen. And it DID upset me.

Ah well. To each their own. I loved this movie and am looking forward to the sequels. Hopefully Garfield and Stone continue with them.

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