MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
Photo By Sony Pictures
Directed by Marc Webb. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
I wasn’t originally very excited about seeing a Spider Man franchise reboot, especially since the first two Spider Man movies directed by Sam Raimi were so good. But the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man was exciting and I have enjoyed the young British actor Andrew Garfield in many films shot on both sides of the pond. So, why not?
There is nothing inherently wrong about remaking movies, but when they are as generic in quality as The Amazing Spider Man, perhaps now was not the time. This film tells the same origin story about how awkward teen Peter Parker (Garfield) gets bit by a radioactive spider and develops spidey skills, including quick reflexes and hands that can grip the sides of buildings. In this version, the web-slinging feature is invented, rather than evolved, and the girlfriend is Gwen Stacy (Stone), the daughter of police Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), rather than Mary Jane (both girls are in the comic books). The Green Goblin from the 2002 film is replaced by the ho-hum Lizard (Rhys Ifans). And it is a long 136 minutes indeed.
You can’t fault the actors. Andrew Garfield brings a lot of charisma to Spider Man as well as more of the smart aleck attitude from the comic books, and Emma Stone is an intelligent love interest. But scenes go on and on, the fights are clumsily choreographed, and there are no memorable set pieces of action. A CGI Spiderman swinging through New York City at the end of the movie seemed like a cheap way to remind you of the 3D gimmick, and Sony should be ashamed of the endless parade of its products onscreen (This is a Columbia / Sony Pictures release). To top it all off, we have a forgettable bombastic music score by James Horner that just won’t quit.
There’s not much else to say except that The Amazing Spider Man is something to endure rather than to enjoy. It’s too accomplished a movie to be called bad, but too similar to better films to be called entertaining. And, for goodness’ sake, don’t bring little kids to this one – unless you enjoy hearing them say: “Is it over yet?” Wait a minute – that was me!
Two halos: A drab example of Hollywood “product”, helped out by some good performances from a gifted cast.
One pitchfork :For comic book violence, some mild swearing…and a mumbled F-bomb to get the PG-13.
Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
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