Power and Responsibility Amazingly Redefined
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Stan Lee, James Vanderbilt , Andrew Garfield, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, C. Thomas Howell, Campbell Scott, Julianne Nicholson, Annie Parisse, Chris Zylka , Miles Elliot, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Synopsis: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his fathers former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Review: He is the world’s favourite superhero, a warrior and a saviour who resides in NYC. How he grows from a meek boy to a powerful responsible man is what the story is woven around. This wasn’t meant to be Spiderman-4, for obvious reasons ofcourse. It is a magnified retelling of the Spider-man tale. Like the other stories, the foundation of the story remains the same, only the characters have changed and so have the villains. Now, flying around the city, sticking yourself to surfaces or climbing skyscrapers with amazing dexterity is something not everyone can do! Looking at it from a singular perspective, the film is an entertaining watch indeed. It is nothing like the Tobey Maguire starrer, Spider-man series which first came out in 2002. With the power of advanced technology, watching the film itself becomes an experience, let alone the story and the performances. Ofcourse, there were instances when one may feel disconnected, but it won’t be long before you collect yourself and watch the ‘accidentally-gifted’ guy perform all those antics.
That said, Spider-man is called by that nomenclature for a reason – he had developed spider-like capabilities when bitten by the radio-active spider at a certain laboratory (at Oscorp) – what’s unexplained is the number of instances he was seen without the mask and consequently the suit. It was like he wanted to reveal his identity at the first given chance.
Andrew Garfield is a promising actor, since he has done wonders with his first big break, however, as a mere opinion, he could have been asked to work at more things for the role (his weight and size for example). He looked frail throughout the film, which didn’t go down well with a Spidey-fan like yours truly.
Initially perceived to a nerdy student with big glasses, Peter Parker aka Spider-man is a cooler, hip-hoppish version of the Marvel superhero. Like all regular boys Parker’s age, he is gadget-friendly which makes it easier for him to man hi-tech gadgets as comfortably as his cellular phone which he is seen playing Bounce Ball (the game) on.
Rhys Ifans is quite the guy to watch when you’re at the theatre gaining your movie-watching experience. His experiment gone wrong makes him a menacing lizard with a conscience, seen only at places obviously. As Dr. Curtis Connors, he says that The Lizard can be quite a menace when threatened. For a fleeting second, I found myself in a scene (which I want to refrain from explaining) from the recently released superhero franchise, The Avengers. Nonetheless, he was the best off the rest, more so, because his stunts as The Lizard were mostly performed by him to quite an extent (including wearing the CGI suit). In a recent interview, he spoke about how elated he felt doing what the character required him to in the film. For the most part, all expressions were his own and not traded from any foreign source. Ifans made for quite a convincing villain I have a come across in a long time. It could have been only a coincidence that the director, whose surname, a differently spelled ‘web’, would weave an entertainment web such as this film and let Spidey spin his way into the fanboys, girls and the audiences’ hearts.
Now, to talk about the very close to our hearts; and the latest Indian export to Hollywood, Irrfan Khan. I wish there was more to his role than the timed-by-the-watch 2.5 minute role. Just making an appearance in a Hollywood movie is not all there is to a star’s career. It’s a mere underestimation of precious talent, that is very rarely seen nowadays. Yes, that was disappointing. If it must become a trend, then better be a more meaningful one.
On the whole, the film is a definite one-time watch. For fanboys, it may be a few more times though. The journey from boy to man is quite endearing. The path to self-discovery almost always strikes a chord. In this case, it’s like serendipity. You set out looking for answers and end up finding yourself. The part two of The Amazing Spider-man has already been rolled onto the production floor, which hits theatres in 2014. Buckle up amigos, for that one will be more amazing than this one was! Stan Lee’s comic-book hero has now found a new face to do all that a spider can!
Verdict: Entertaining, emotional and a definite one-time watch.