A Web-Slinging Review From Sideshow’s Andy BergholtzTuesday, July 10, 2012
“The Amazing Spider-Man lives up to it’s title!”
I had the good fortune of taking my two sons to see The Amazing Spider-Man this weekend…. twice! The first time we saw the film in standard 2D, and we all had so much fun that we decided to return to see it again in 3D, this second time in full costume for maximum effect. After sitting through nearly 5 hours of web-slinging fun, I find myself in agreement with the 3-word review that my boys so eloquently declared when the credits began rolling–
“That was AWESOME!“
A real life Spider-Man (x2!) was spotted at a local Muvico theater near Thousand Oaks, CA this weekend, hob-knobbin’ with Sideshow’s Spider-Man Comiquette on display.
Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise hit all the right notes for this viewer, delivering a fresh take on what has become quite familiar material over the past decade. I can imagine it’s not an easy task to find a new and exciting way to tell a story that’s already been told so well before, but The Amazing Spider-Man manages to do just that. Like Sam Raimi’s first effort, this movie is an origin story, but The Amazing Spider-Man mixes things up a bit by adding a heavy dose of mystery to Peter’s life (especially in regard to the fate of his parents). This film also made several nods to the comics that were missing in the previous franchise, such as home-made web shooters and the appearance of Gwen Stacy as Peter’s first love interest.
It’s hard to find anything not to like about The Amazing Spider-Man, it lives up to it’s title. Without giving any spoilers, I thought the slower pacing at the beginning of the film spends just enough time making us care about it’s characters, while building up to an action-packed 3rd act, and a climax that made me glad I sprung for the 3D experience the second time around!
The cast was fantastic, and Andrew Garfield completely owns Peter Parker! There is a certain awkward teenager quality that Garfield brings to the role that is evident even when he is fully masked, and completely sells the character as an adolescent who is trying to harness his new-found power in a way that we haven’t quite seen before (in live action, that is). Likewise, Emma Stone is exceptional as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field and Martin Sheen are incredibly lovable as Aunt May & Uncle Ben, and Rhys Ifans is both charming and sinister as Dr. Curt Connors aka: The LIZARD. In the end, the movie definitely left us wanting to see more, which is not a common occurrence at the box office these days. As far as my sons and I are concerned the next installment can’t get here soon enough!
As if experiencing The Amazing Spider-Man weren’t enough, there is an impressive display of Sideshow Collectibles we’ve had the honor of setting up in the lobby of our local Muvico theater that always fills me with a certain pride. My boys are already quite familiar with it, having studied every heroic piece in the exhibit dozens of times by now, but the display took on a whole new life this time around. As we walked past the Sideshow gallery on our way out of the theater, the boys ran full-sprint to the glass case with the Spider-Man Maquette, gasping and explaining to me everything about it that is “AWESOME!” as if they were seeing it for the very first time.
I have always felt that collecting is sort of a “continuation” of the magic feeling you get from watching these characters on the silver screen, a bit like the way a good photograph captures an emotional moment in your life and makes it immortal. Seeing my boys bursting with excitement over the movie and then that Spider-Man Comiquette makes me think I’m not too far off the mark.
- Andy Bergholtz