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24 Dec 2014
Plot: A young boy Peter Parker realizes his life would never become the same after his parent's sudden departure; he is raised by his uncle and aunt who are fully supportive and caring but never mention about Parker's past. When Peter learns about his father's research, he seeks Dr. Curt Connors, his father's research partner that is now tinkering with genetics to locate a cure to many fatal ailments. The inquisitive nature of Parker results in his transformation as Spiderman, after being bitten with a rare spider. His newly acquired powers overwhelm him at first but he somehow brings it under control and gains a formidable reputation in college. Parker sets out to find the killer and in the process captures many wanted criminals well before the police does, after his uncle's death. This irks Police Chief Stacy who labels him a public menace and doesn't hold an excellent opinion about Peter Parker (who's now Chief Stacy's daughter Gwen's boyfriend) also. On the reverse side, a disastrous self-experiment turns Dr Curt Connors into a monstrous reptile that unleashes terror in the city and only Spiderman will bring a conclusion for this unwanted menace. stop motion

After some memorable moments and a few not very appetizing ones, could we ride once again with Toby McGuire donning the red suit or would Spiderman must call it off forever? Mark Webb posseses an answer for us, a reboot which includes certain benefits but in addition raises many questions: Did this truer comic interpretation of Spiderman really transcend towards the silver screen? By giving Spidey and the other characters edgier but more caricatural personas, will the franchise really continue? How come Peter Parker's hidden identity must be so blatantly obvious? What's the difference between this Peter Parker who does astonishing feats at college but gets away, and Miley Stewart who dons a golden wig and no one recognizes her despite the fact that her father is Billy Ray Cyrus?

In Amazing Spiderman, an important difference inside the cast is the absence of Mary Jane, who had become one of Spiderman's most recognizable faces. We instead have Gwen Stacy, the blonde whom we got a peek of in Spiderman 3, as Peter Parker's love interest. Gwen does not sit cozily in the background while Spidey is battling and neither does she sulk much unlike MJ, however. She throws in a few punches and kicks, urges Spiderman to overcome all of them up and it is more thoughtful. Courageous Gwen because we are so used to the lady in distress act, it can be hard to accept this spunky. But she may grow on us similar to the fearless Elena or Chloe from Uncharted series. Spiderman is played by Andrew Garfield, who isn't an average geek that Toby were able to be; he or she is an awesome geek, or simply a typical college guy with great scientific knowledge but poor physique. Therefore he didn't really take time to win over us with his charisma as Spiderman even though I didn't root for him as much as I did for Toby when he halted the derailed train. Toby's quiet and shy Spidey enjoyed a charm of their own in ways we take his character's well-being seriously; Garfield's Spidey meanwhile entertains us more but we find it harder to sympathize with him though I must say Garfield did nail that scene where he confronted his uncle about his father. By the way, all those who have seen the Indian film Three Idiots may notice a similarity between Andrew Garfield and Indian actor Sharman Joshi's style of acting.

What also played a major role in deciding the previous Spiderman movies' success or failure was the potential of the nemesis; while Green goblin didn't wield much excitement because of the sketchy latter part of the first film, Doc Oc made us tremble at his stature as well as pity his tragic story in Spiderman 2, while Green Goblin's Venom, Sandman and son were potent enough in the third installment but the film itself was enfeebled by the dull love triangle. Rhys Ifans acts well, however his character isn't exactly memorable in any way; in Batman the most feared villains are Joker, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Two Face but who really cares for Bane though his strength is equally formidable? What really made his character weak was the character itself, though maybe Ifans couldn't play his character better. My head went "A reptile because the main villain - are you kidding me? " and sadly it felt the same way throughout.

Spiderman is like a filmed comic, that is generally flipped through casually without getting included in the emotional aspect of the story to a greater extent. You'll say it's the best of the series if you look the movie this way. People buy a large number of Archie comics and read it within the same perfunctory manner. But some those who love movies discover that the component that etches a film within our minds for a long time is really a moment of tension. This tension happens only once we have been deeply involved with a film and then for that to take place, the film has to have the audience realize the protagonist's dilemma and wish him/her to get over it. Which cannot and fails to happen in such a breezy, comic-like adaptation.

Amazing Spiderman will really get support from Beyblade-crazy children and teenagers who love saying the word 'awesome! ' - It will be among the top grossing films of 2012. But I personally think 230 million dollars are unnecessary for any movie that appears no different from the Beyblade and Spiderman cartoons that come in the television. The most appropriate word that strikes me for the film after scripting this review is 'filler'.


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