- Tempers flair in GST stand-off
- McGowan backs medical marijuana
- 'Criminal hypocrisy'
- MC's offensive rant at school quiz night
- Will price rise end your habit?
- Chisel's back!
- Darren's dazzling designs
- City to Surf Road Closures
- RSS Syndicate this blog (XML)
What we're talking about
- Dellas on Banned from ANZAC parade Ask the Mounted Police to have a presence at your Anzac Parade, Albany.Not all horses, or courses, deal with crowds well.And ... more
- Brian Bell on Anger at Comeagain placement Surely by now these morons must realise there is NO WHERE safe to place this bloke except for behind bars. more
- Laurie on Banned from ANZAC parade Does that mean that WA Police should not use their horses to attend riots, parades or on patrol, because someone may slip on ... more
- Greig on Clive says Sorry Palmer got carried away and his comments where undiplomatic. But should we really Trust the Chinese as much as the ... more
- Dellas on Woof woof is this the end? I went to the greyhound races once in the seventies.After waiting an hour, a roar from the crowd alerted me that something ... more
- Peter on Is it time for full deregulation? PaulHas anyone mentioned surge pricing regards Uber. The net is fullof stories of prices being 2x or 3x the quote. The ... more
- Peter Nel on On the lamb in Scarborough These animals look like goats,dressed in sheep clothing. more
- Jacky on On the lamb in Scarborough They're sheep, I haven't seen a goat with a long tail more
- justsomeguy,youknow on Is it time for full deregulation? If Sunday trading has been such a runaway success as it is why the need to change pay rates.Rhetorical question.Because it's ... more
- Carole Wynne on Foley murder raises ransom questions We should never pay ransom money no matter what terrorist are cowardly scum and giving them money will just encourage them ... more
- Carole Wynne on 'It's like child abuse': AMA Immunisation is personal choice not child abuse I had my kids immunised but I can understand why some parents don't and ... more
- Dellas on S.A.S in 'skimpy' scandal In what arena of war and conflict have any of your sensitive male bloggers fought?And "Amanda" can bare her breasts and her ... more
- alex p on S.A.S in 'skimpy' scandal perhaps we should only recruit the SAS from the pure of heart, like priests and choir boys. I know who I would turn to in an ... more
- Kerry on Woof woof is this the end? I think a more appropriate headline would have read: Are the greyhounds dog gone? more
- James Redden on No friction between Palmer and Wang Why does 6pr constantly use the pseydenoum "Sir Rumor" every time they are fed lies from the liberal party. The bias is ... more
- Matthew on S.A.S in 'skimpy' scandal @ Jess get over it - these are trained killers, yes we train them to kill not to cuddle.Let the boys blow off some steam, ... more
- Helen Stephenson on Banned from ANZAC parade Political Correctness Gone Mad. Horses Were An Integral Part Of This Campaign And ShouldBe Included In The Ceremony. more
- Chris on 'I have to keep my distance' Dear Carl, I absolutely feel the pain you are going through as a parent. I for one also have had to deal with the pain and ... more
- Dellas on Job ads: Indigenous only What's to know about Aboriginal or Indigenous employment? It's been in existence since 1984.Just ask Andrew Forrest's view ... more
- Dellas on S.A.S in 'skimpy' scandal Yeah, right, Amanda, when these men go fight the good fight in fundamentalist Islamic countries, what do they yell at the ... more
The Amazing Spiderman
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (M)
STARS: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
It’s five years after Sam Raimi’s enormously successful Spider-Man trilogy wrapped up with Tobey Maguire as your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.
Now we have the reboot – or re-start – of a new Spidey-franchise, with Brit actor Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker / Spider-Man. And the director – I kid you not – is named Mark Webb! He did the very cool rom-com 500 Days of Summer.
As with most reboots, this is an origin story that goes back to Peter Parker as a child, when his parents mysteriously disappeared.
As a teen, Peter (Garfield) grows up with his aunt and uncle (Sally Field, Martin Sheen). When he finds his father’s hidden briefcase, it leads him to his father’s former work partner Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who’s now a one-armed scientist at Oscorp. He’s trying to splice human and animal DNA to eradicate human weakness.
Peter, of course, gets bitten by a super-Spider and almost immediately becomes Spider-Man. When he wakes up on a subway, his sticky fingers unwittingly rip off a girl’s shirt, and he now has the strength and confidence to tackle the school bully.
That gets him noticed by comely classmate Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), whose father happens to be the chief of police (Denis Leary). But when Dr Connors injects himself with lizard DNA in the hope of regenerating his missing arm — uh-oh — he transforms into a giant lizard man. Spidey must battle to stop him from gassing NYC.
The first question is ‘did they need to reboot Spider-Man?’ The answer, of course, is no. Maguire and Raimi were meant to make Spider-Man 4, but Maguire was getting too old (he’s 37) and the thrid film went off the rails. Sony had to make something to retain the rights from Marvel Comics. So they’ve wiped the slate clean and retooled it for a younger, hipper modern audience.
Webb has gone a bit darker and grittier here. Not quite The Dark Knight gritty, but not light and bright like the other Spider-movies.
The second question is ‘why make it so similar to the first Spidey movie?’ Like those genetically modified spiders, it’s almost a slone of the original; nerd-boy lives with aunt and uncle, gets bullied at school, bitten by super-spider and battles baddies in the city.
Some of it is scene-for-scene, like when Parker learns to harness his Spider-powers, or gets revenge on the bully, or makes his costume.
Indeed, the only difference between the two films is the “AMAZING” part in the title.
There’s lots of weak points in the plot, too. Emma Stone has nothing to do as love-interest Gwen Stacy. The Lizard is a weak villain and his evil plot is pretty lame. And we get no answers about Parker’s parents.
That said, what it lacks in story and substance it makes up for in character, humour, action and 3D effect.
Garfield delivers plenty of humour and charm. The action is truly amazing, with some breathtaking sequences of Spidey swinging from crane to crane through New York City (it’s some of the best effect and 3D I’ve seen). But most of all, Garfield and Stone are pitch perfect as Parker and Stacy, and share some real chemistry and heat.
The Amazing Spider-Man is far from perfect, and more a remake than a reboot, but boy is it a hip, funny, thrilling ride.
Score: 6.5 / 10