Spidy in 3D
The movie amazing spiderman was a much awaited one and the trailers were quite interesting too, interesting enough to drive us to the movie within the first week of the release. You gotta love the concept of a web slinging hero in 3D and true the 3D effects do make it quite enjoyable an experience.
Making a movie on a known concept, especially when there are already 3 movies in the same and all the 3 making it big on the screens, I must say it was a pretty hard competition for the crew of this movie to come into the market. It so happens that we always tend to compare it to the previous movies and in this case too, we did find ourselves comparing it with the previous versions of spidy where Toby does entertain us as a great spidy.
The movie starts off in the same lines as the first spidy movie, it all starts with a spider bite! In the first part, it was a radioactive one, in this one it was a cross genetic species. But it starts on the same lines of the light humour in the reactions after the spider bite and how the actor copes with the change. The Amazing spiderman shows him as a very strong character as compared to our previous hero who had his own little weaknesses. But we still did love our Toby and he did a great deal of justice to the part. And the villains too were quite inspiring.
This movie presents a tall lanky actor in the lead role- Andrew Garfield and unfortunately for a huge spidy fan like me, I never for once was convinced in him enacting the spidy role. Everytime I saw him the only thing I could feel was that he was such a perfect vampire, why did they turn him into a super hero?! It did fail to have the expected impact on me with him as the lead actor. However the good stuff is still there, they present the dad in this movie, his death and the whole story there is a strong connection as to what happens where. It is good to see an Indian face in the crew and unlike Anil kapoor in MI4, Irfaan Khandoes a good deal of justice to the part. It is nice to see him on the Hollywood screen and he sure is one actor who deserves to be there. I was smitten by the actress – Emma Stone when I saw the trailers but the same in the movie was not that inspiring after all.
The way Andrew Garfield stumbles into his suit is hurried into, I would have loved a little bit of a delay in this one. This actually always is the fun part of discovering the super powers, whereas in this movie, all of this happens in a duration as small as a song. And the way he starts treating it as a responsibility to have power is in the same lines of the original movie but any dialogue they place, nothing beats “ With great power comes great responsibility! “ . The plot does take a different turn with a genetically modified villain who goes on a quest to convert an entire world into his species which is quite believable with the way he has taken through.
However I still have some open questions in the movie
1) What happens to Irfaan Khan? They show a spat between him and the super villain and I guess we have to assume his death.
2) How does spidy’s father die?
3) Above all why choose a vampire and a ghostly looking pale actor for the part of spiderman?! We still loved Toby!
It is quite a decent watch I would say, but it still is far behind all the three parts which had come earlier. The last minute of the movie shows some excellent 3D effects but apart from that it wasn’t anything extraordinary. And from all the reviews I had read that it was a brilliant 3D effect, I could see that only in the last minute. I wish they added a little more of that for the rest of the movie as well. I would still rate 3D effects of Tin Tin above this. Infact I believe spidy part 3 had a better effect with the sandman as villain and a brilliant camera work with that. I would definitely prefer watching the old 2D spidy over the new one.
Coming to the open question – Does the amazing spiderman really amaze us? NO!
EOD I would not rate the movie more that 3.5 and I am being a little generous here. It surely is not a must watch. It is quite a simple movie, just ranging above average and a decent time pass type. But I guess it sure is a better pick of the choices we have for this week.