Friday, July 6, 2012


The Amazing Spider-Man Has Arrived.

At the end of this fourth installment of Spider -Man I was teary-eyed. Marc Webb's direction and John Schwartzman's cinematography are stunning and will leave you breathless. Revealing the end of the film is not appropriate, but it is not inappropriate to say that the end of this film is well worth the wait. The middle is a tad slow and the beginning most of us know Peter Parcher (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a neurotic spider and becomes infected. The problem with The Amazing Spider-Man is fitting it into new news. If your memory has faded and you can't quite remember the previous Spider-Man films, you will enjoy this amazing one more. Also Emma Stone is picture perfect as Peter's love interest and her acting is flawless. Her innocence and yet inquisitive nature make her the right choice to play Gwen Stacy who is one of four to keep Peter Parcher's secret. Sally Fields as Aunt May does not miss a beat and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben has the right air of humility and compassion for Peter's angst caused by the mystery of the sudden disappearance of Peter's parents.
The story of the Amazing Spider-Man begins with Peter Parcher discovering a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father. He begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance and this leads him to the lab, Oscorp, and Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) his father's partner. And thus Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Dr. Connors alter-ego, The Lizard. At Oscorp Peter runs into Gwen whom he had met at school. Gwen works in the lab assisting Dr. Connors while Gwen's father, Captain Stacy, is played with the right degree of austerity by Dennis Leary.
Our new Peter Parcher (Garfield) is a bit more polished than Tobey Maguire though on the Jon Stewart Show when he said he had attended Comic Con, he was shocked the audience did not shout, "Why did they cast this British scumbag?" Stewart added that while Superman was the Man of Steel, Garfield's Spider- Man had the Buns of Steel. Then Stewart quipped that they may have come upon the idea for a Superman vs. Spider Man series. Born in L.A., but raised in England, Garfield who has the good looks of a young Tony Perkins, gives the impression that he is even sophisticated, but must sublimate this trait when playing Peter Parcher. At three. he claims he wanted to be Spider-Man and at age nine, studied gymnastics. Tall and lithe he is a perfect physical specimen to continue this superhero series and if they can squeeze a fifth script out of this bug, I'm sure they will. This is one of those don't -leave -the -theatre -before -the-credits-end-spectaculars. So I get the feeling that writers Alvin Sargent, James Vanderbilt, Steve Kloves are huddled together pens and computers in hand ready to create as the box office grosses set off fireworks for the Fourth.
I enjoyed this Spider-Man and do not want to get into comparing sequels like a Miss America Pageant for arachnid. See this one and you won't want your money back. One night rent sequels one through three, but guaranteed the special effects in The Amazing Spider-Man will make the other films look prehistoric

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