July 5, 2012

Parkour scenes, skateboard acrobatics, and web slinging through  Manhattan. All these and an emo trip through the teenage wires of the angstiest superhero in the Marvel universe. 

My article on the rebooted Spidey starring off screen couple Andrew Garfield and a blonde Emma Stone is now up on the Interaksyon website. I expected more from this movie but it wasn’t at all too disappointing even if it reeked of a moneymaking gimmick where the old trilogy’s bones hadn’t even been properly interred yet.

In any case am inclined to give the filmmakers and producers the benefit of the doubt since  this is their first time around on what is for all purposes a new franchise. It just sucks that the 3D hadn’t been better executed and only the action scenes were rendered in it and the rest of the movie was in plain 2D.

So how about you guys do better with your squillions of dollars in Spidey5?

REVIEW | Spidey’s angst gets the high school rom-com treatment

By Karl R. De Mesa, · Wednesday, July 4, 2012 · 4:10 pm

Spider-Man has always been one of the most morally emotive of all of Marvel’s superheroes. It’s a polarizing trait favored by the geeks who now populate the pop culture landscape, just like Batman has his brooding rage and Superman his All-American good boy jockeyism.

In “The Amazing Spider-Man”, we see a rebooted origin story of the franchise once held by Sam Raimi and passed on to Marc Webb, the current hipster John Hughes whose credits include the acclaimed romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer” and music videos for My Chemical Romance, Yellowcard, and Hoobastank.

No surprise then that Peter Parker’s angst is now set in high school and a teenage romance is in order for our socially awkward hero, played this time by Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”).

When the movie opens, Garfield’s Parker seems like your typical teenage outcast who gets picked on by bullies and whose penchant for taking photos rightfully creeps the girls out.

He is an orphan abandoned by his parents as a boy and raised by his uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and aunt May (Sally Field). Peter can’t muster the courage to approach his crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) of the short skirts and cute bob cut, and instead puts her up as his PC’s wallpaper for daily adoration.

So the double helix of this story consists of Peter’s search for identity via his parents’ legacy, and his quest to win Gwen Stacy’s heart. One dovetails into the other as Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father.

Finding secret files hidden within, he begins his journey to understand his parents’ disappearance. This leads him directly to OsCorp and, from there, the lab of his father’s former partner, the one-armed Dr. Curtis Connors (played with pitch-perfect flawed dignity by Rhys Ifans).

Connors’ crusade to successfully use cross-species genetics to fix his missing limb and have humanity benefit from it (yes, in that order) is billed as the starting point for Peter’s moral dilemmas. See, he discovers that his father’s secret papers are of great help to Connors’ research.

Later, when Connors turns into The Lizard using the same equation, it brings home for Peter exactly how great power weighs you down with great responsibility. It’s also within the OsCorp labs that he stumbles on the fateful radioactive spiders (yes, plural), and on top of the same building that he comes of age, battling his first villain.

Read the rest of it HERE.


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