Radical Review: The Amazing Spiderman

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Not sure if I mentioned to most people around the Wicid teams but I promised everyone a film review of a recent film this year after I forgot to do so with The Avengers a while ago. So to make it up to you all, I’ll make the site more active by reviewing what some people are calling the most ‘MARVELous’ film of the year so far ay see what I did there? Yeah?! Please say you did, it’ll bring my self-esteem up from my current rut.

Anyway, while I’ve heard so much about this film so far since its release, I decide to make a wise move and depress myself before going, so I did this by watching the older Spiderman 3 film, complete with all of Tobey Maguire’s failed attempts at trying to be a sexy bad-boy and make jazz dancing look so bad, and while I won’t spoil much for those who haven’t seen it, I’ll put your mind at ease and say there is NONE OF THAT in this film! I mean, don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying the old Spidy trilogy was terrible, some people out there may actually like it, while me? Never really fond of it.

But enough about the past, time to talk The AMAZING Spiderman and how its name speaks for itself, but I’m going to start off by saying I’m not a die-hard comic fanboy like those you see portrayed in The Big Bang Theory, but I must say that I do very much prefer the plotline of this story: how it starts and shifts slowly into a different and more important plot, at the time anyway. I also approve of how it opened with a mysterious, smaller back-story to Peter as a little boy with his original parents, and I won’t say more than that.

I much prefer the love interest of Gwen Stacey to Mary Jane for this film as I did during the Spectacular Spiderman cartoon series (you know, before they cancelled it. Still difficult to mention now) The focus on The Lizard character was a nice change from the common villains we know from the Spidy series (ala Green Goblin, Dr Octopus, Venom, the usual) which in my opinion is the way Spiderman should have started to begin with, with the man who made Peter Parker who he is now, in a sense.

A quick mention to the soundtrack in the film: from the start the music was sheer brilliance, and it only got better and emotional in the right moments as the film went on, and that can always make a good film great, or even a bad film decent in some cases, anyway.

The actors, starting with Andrew Garfield, fit the role of the stuttery, socially awkward Peter Parker rather well, while also fitting into his alter-ego of the cocky yet friendly neighbourhood Spiderman equally as brilliant as well. His performance in The Social Network from two years ago, much like this, show that he can be really good at being emotional in the roles he’s in. Of course his role as Eduardo wasn’t nearly as stuttery as Peter was, but in both roles he was emotional in the right moments. Definitely worthy of a breakout actor award or any type of award for this year.

Moving onto Emma Stone as Peter’s love interest in this film, Gwen Stacey, she too fits her role well as the intellectual and caring companion of Spidy, and her and Andrew’s chemistry in this film was amazing, which I’m sure you could tell if you’ve watched the film. Again I am somewhat biased as I said I prefer Gwen as Peter’s love interest compared to Mary Jane, so with that said, Emma did a fine job with this incarnation of the role for sure.

Moving onto the main villain, Dr Curt Connors, aka The Lizard, aka Rhys Ifans, actor, musician, and while not from the RCT, he is in fact Welsh-born, so this was an added bonus for me watching the film, helping support one of our own on the big screen, and he did a brilliant job with it. Changing from the intellectual professor and into the psychotic, deranged mad doctor with his transformation as the film went on. I won’t give away too much, but I will say the way he kept saying ‘PETER PARKER!’ while as The Lizard made my spine tingle, in a good way of course.

I’d also like to mention that all the other side characters did their roles rather well and fitted with the story and their characters  from the original Spiderman. You know, like George Stacey, Ben and May Parker, Flash, and even Dr Rajit Ratha got me interested in other parts of the story and I thought each of the actors/actresses who performed them all did fine jobs in portraying their characters and emotions.

And I may as well mention a cameo from one man left me in stitches, but do I really need to say who? You’d have guessed he’d show up somehow, always does

Now I’ve definitely said too much in my return to film reviews, so I’ll finish up by saying to those who haven’t seen it yet, it’s well worth the money to see it, and especially in IMAX, which I may as well mention was my first experience with it, and the effects were done tremendously indeed.

So to sum up, great plot, thumps up to preferred love interest, nice few funny moments, brill actor/actress performances, epic soundtrack, and great graphics in IMAX what else is there to say other than to watch what could be considered film of the year, at least to me anyway.

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