Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:29 Posted by Clash Tuesday, 03 July 2012 01:56
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans. Sony Pictures Entertainment. Action/adventure/fantasy. Directed by Marc Webb. 7/3/12
FILM SYNOPSIS: This new take on the Spider-Man comic character has Peter Parker’s super-powers discovery taking place in high school. Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. These wacky scientists, they always inject themselves with a serum that’s meant to help mankind, but never does. Instead, it unleashes some grizzly fiend.
REVIEW: Andrew Garfield isn’t a buffed-up Thor-like superhero. In fact, he’s kind of nerdy looking. At first, that was kind of off-putting. I prefer my superheroes to be confident, not awkward. But I have to tell you, once I got into the story, I became immersed in his characterization. The kid can act. Of course, it helps to be surrounded by the proven talents of Sally Field (as his aunt), Martin Sheen (as the uncle) and Emma Stone as his girl, Gwen.
If you’re going to see one film about a spider-guy, this is the one (so far). In IMAX and 3D, with a satisfying script that pays homage to Stan Lee’s comic book creation, plus a depth of character and all the trappings of this genre done to perfection, well, it makes for a fun movie- going adventure. It has humor, tenderness, life lessons (don’t be a bully, don’t seek revenge, use your abilities for others) and of course, lots and lots of cool combat.
Warning: while the film avoids any crudity or obscenity, there is a near constant barrage of thunderous combat in the Third Act between Spidy and a guy who has morphed into a giant talking lizard with attitude. But if you just can’t get enough of comic book heroes being thrown through every conceivable surface, well, as I said, this is the one to see. Oh, and there’s an added scene after the ending credits.
PG-13 (Lots and lots of comic book violence, combined with the surround-sound loudness and the inescapable gigantic screen; Peter’s beloved uncle gets shot in the stomach and dies; The tumult and death of parental figures, plus the scary visual of a man turning into a giant talking lizard with attitude is unsuitable for little kids; true love develops between Gwen and Peter, but no sexual situations other than a few tender kisses). Running Time: 136 min. Intended Audience: Teens and up
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Obscenity – a swear word, indecent language
Expletive – minor curse words such as damn or hell
Crudity – vulgar, often coarse situations or dialogue dealing with bodily functions
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