Peter Parker/Spiderman (Garfield) has always been a bit angsty, especially this Spiderman incarnation. He struggles with being Spiderman and simply wanting to be normal, average Joe. His relationship with Gwen (Stone) is suffering as he battles to make his 2 worlds work together…..but his heart just doesn’t seem to be in it anymore.
But his city needs him. The crowds cheer for him, the cops thank him and little kids look up at him with such amazement and adoration, what’s a guy to do? Then there are the bad guys….. and this time there are two of them.
When his childhood friend Harry (DeHaan) returns and they rekindle their friendship, all is not as it seems. Harry has been poking around in Oscorp files and……well that’s all I am willing to say here 😉
Then there is Electro (Foxx), ultra nerd Dillon who falls into a huge tank of electric eels and becomes a monster in waiting. As Dillon, he is Spiderman’s greatest fan but as Electro, it’s an entirely different story.
Parker never really wanted his spidey senses and he takes the reluctant superhero to new heights. He even quits at one stage, his city lamenting his absence as crime sky-rockets. It is only when things get completely desperate and out of hand that he steps back into the suit.
Spiderman is my least favourite superhero so I do perhaps go into his movies with a bit of grumbling. Okay not perhaps…I do go grumbling. As I said, I find him angsty and a little pouty. He has these cool abilities and is a hero and still……not happy. Whatever dude, we all have our crosses to bear.
Having said that, I can look past Peter’s shortcomings and see the bigger picture. The movie is a solid superhero offering. He saves people from small crimes and has an eye on the big guys too, even willing to risk his own life for the betterment of all. Still desperate to find out what really happened to his father, he stumbles across some uncomfortable truths which leave him reeling. It is understandable.
There are a few laughs and some attempts at witty dialogue but they come across as more smart-alec that witty. His best moments are with the feisty Gwen who will fight for her man but is kind of fed up with his angsty-ness. Seeing Harry stumble across his family legacy is really rather entertaining. I thought I knew where it was headed and I was right. Not bad for someone with only a passing interest in Spiderman 😉
Spiderman is still very much a kid’s superhero. Now that kid may be 30… who am I to judge? It’s a must see for the diehards and the Marvel peeps even if it doesn’t have much of an impact on the current Marvel juggernaut……we can all dream though huh? Now I said he wasn’t my favourite, I didn’t say I didn’t like him 😛
My guess is you already know if you are want to see this one. If you are still unsure…… It’s the last week of school holidays and you’re wondering what you should do. Take the kids to see Spiderman…… they will love it and you will get 2 1/2 hours peace and quiet (kind of) 🙂
Love Flick xx
Director : Marc Webb
Starring : Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas
Running Time : 142 minutes
Release Date : 17 April 2014