Marvel at the 3-D brilliance of Spider-man
The Amazing Spider-man Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans; directed by Marc Webb.
OK before we start, let's briefly cover this whole reboot thing.
Didn't we just have a trilogy of Spider-man movies over the past decade and here we are now being asked to fork out our hard-earned cash for the same story?
Well, yes. The powers-that-be have started it up, all over again, telling predominantly the same origin story we first saw in 2002. This time with Andrew Garfield stepping in for Tobey Maguire as the title character.
Apart from money, the main reason for this is that, since the last instalments, Marvel, the company which creates the comic books, has taken control of the movies that its characters appear in, something it hasn't been able to do in the past. The results are movies that are creatively closer to the comics and financially successful, with Iron Man and The Avengers breaking box-office records.
Spider-man is its flagship character and it was inevitable that it was going to roll him out again, but this time calling all the shots.
The other thing to remember is that relaunches are a common staple of the comic book industry and you have a familiar origin story being retold frequently. Comparisons will be made with the previous renditions but, for me, it's a no-brainer.
I loved every minute of this movie.
Geeky teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him the proportionate strength of a spider and transforming him into the amazing Spider-man. Along with finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Peter also begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance, which leads him directly to the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), and Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard.
Garfield's acting is phenomenal, as is the rest of the cast. The chemistry between Garfield and leading lady Stone crackles, and there are great cameos from veteran actors Martin Sheen and Sally Field.
The costume is more streamlined and believable than the last rendition, with just a hint of the 1970s Spidey costume that makes an older fanboy like me smile.
3-D isn't for everyone (I prefer 2-D) but this movie was perhaps the best argument I've seen so far for 3-D. Spidey swinging through the night skyline of New York was nothing short of breathtaking.
The action scenes are exceptional, but the true worth of this film lies in the ability to care for the character away from the costume and big fight scenes.
Spider-man is one of the big three of superheroes - along with Superman and Batman. People need to accept that, yes there are other Spider-Man franchises around, but to give this one a chance. The character is bigger than all that and you will be well rewarded.
The Southland Times