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Reboot: The Amazing Spider-Man

Reboot: The Amazing Spider-Man

My husband and I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man last night with some friends, and we all really enjoyed it (though I’m fine with avoiding both spiders and lizards for the next little while). While the original trio of movies headed up by Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire were very well-done, this reboot of the franchise headed up by Marc Webb and with Andrew Garfield in the role of the web-slinging hero has added some fresh fun to the Spider-Man franchise. Here are a few of my favourite bits from the film:

-       The writers, along with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (in the role of Gwen Stacey), did a wonderful job of capturing the stuttering awkwardness of “boy likes girl, girl likes boy, and they try to communicate”. Watching the scene where Peter fumbles with asking Gwen out on a date (and she fumbles equally over her acceptance) was spot-on.

-       Martin Sheen and Sally Fields were perfect matches for the roles of Uncle Ben and Aunt May. They brought the appropriate amount of seriousness and humour to their roles, and were very believable as a married couple that has genuine love and affection for each other and for their nephew.

-       There are some good lessons brought to light in the film. As Aunt May tells Peter, secrets do have a cost. Peter deals with the after-effects of the secrets kept by his parents, but also of the effects of the secret he keeps. Family is also shown to be important both in the Parker and the Stacey households.  They’re not perfect, but these are the people who ultimately have your back, and who will call you to task if you’re getting out of line.

-       Another lesson learned by Peter and Dr. Curt Connors is you can have good motives for wanting to do something, but if you’re not careful in how you carry things out, you’ll hurt people instead of helping them. Our actions (and inactions) have consequences. We must also learn how to best use the gifts and abilities we have been given so we can help others.

I have to confess to expecting a bit of an angst-fest based on the previews I had seen beforehand for this film, but I was pleased to find a story that did a deft job of mixing drama and humour. If you have a chance, definitely check this film out.

What summer films are you looking forward to seeing, or have you seen and want to recommend?

Photo Credit: marvelousRoland ©2012 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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