THE Amazing Spiderman! That's exactly what this movie portrayed. For a very long time as a kid, I wished Spiderman really existed.
Friends always knew I wanted to be Mary Jane, instead of Mary Evans, but those days have come and gone and they're still doing revamps of Spiderman. Are they running out of ideas or is 3D the solution to world problems?
I had to see the movie while on a trip to Lautoka, it was my first time to Village 4 and I must say I was more comnfortable in the west cinema than the Village 6 one in Suva. It has a higher stage and clearer view of the screen.
After 50years, Spiderman has become a historical figure, probably one of the most sort-out comic characters, because he lived out every child's dream, going from a dorky skinny teenager to climbing walls and flying from one sky-scrapper to the next.
This version is the same story; how he became Spiderman, the only difference is it centres on when Gwen Stacy was the love interest instead of Mary Jane.
Also in this movie, they switched things around.
In the comics Gwen Stacy blamed Spiderman for her father's death, and Peter never informed her of his identity.
In this movie, Gwen supports Spiderman even after her father's death and was the first person Spiderman revealed his identity to, while Captain George Stacy, who in the comic supported Spiderman, now opposed Spiderman's heroic stunts and only helped him towards the end of the movie.
But I hope they stick to being different and keep Gwen Stacy instead of killing her off. We and the box office could do without Mary Jane for a bit, Emma Stone has an impact on the film and she needs to stay.
Andrew Garfield did a great job with his take on Spiderman. He made it his own and I liked his first kiss with Gwen Stacy instead of the absurd overrated up-side down kiss.
All in all I think this version did its best in making it a much plausible take because Garfield was more at ease with his character, rather than a put on, even his American accent seem like a breeze for him.
I also liked how he didn't gain muscles overnight or looked like a totally different person; he was still the same slouching string bean on a skateboard, just with sticky fingers and too much power.
I know a lot of guys with body issues would appreciate this version more.
In my opinion, Peter Parker was portrayed better in this version. He is smarter and sarcastic, has a much-loving sharp sense of humour and engineers his own mechanical web, other than it disgustingly coming out of his body. Also the suit looks much better in this take, so kudos to the wardrobe crew. Excellent job!
Just one misleading letdown though, the trailer showed Dr Connor's connection to the Parkers and knew everything about Peter and his parents saying, "If you want the truth about your parents, come get it!" but it was not shown in the movie, let's hope there is a sequel.
Although there were parts that most would pick on, like how Gwen Stacy is the head-intern at Flash, at the age of 17, teaching other 17-year old interns, knows all the machinery and can whip up the antidote to kill the lizard, I think it did its job of entertaining, afterall it's a fiction story.
With great special effects and a huge budget, the CGI's paid out especially towards the end of the movie when Spiderman takes his last swinging bow with some amazing poster shots.