I have always loved Spiderman at the cinema and on the TV screen. I remember watching the 60’s version when I was little. I would like to make it clear that I watched the film in the 90’s, not when it originally came out. The concept of a man being bitten by a spider and then being able to do the amazing things that a Spider can do is brilliant. Its amazing that a super hero has come out of a creature that so many people fear and hate and would squish without a second thought, but will look on in admiration when their powers are shown through super human feats. Here are some spider facts for you…
Arachnophobia is the fear of Spiders. It is one of the most common fears in the world. It affects approximately 10% of men and 50% of women. The severity of the fear can vary.
The largest spider is the Giant Bird Eating Spider and the Huntsman spider is the world’s largest spider by leg-span.
The strongest material in the world is considered the silk that Spiders create. Scientists haven’t been able to recreate this design even with all the technology we have today.
Spiders are near sided so they aren’t able to see items that are far away from them.
Jumping Spiders are able to jump up to 50 times their own length. This is possible due to increasing the amount of blood pressure found in the back limbs.
Spiders help the environment by eliminating volumes of insects that would otherwise be around in your garden and other locations.
Spiders use hydraulic power to propel themselves upwards.
There are some pretty amazing facts there and don’t worry I wont be adding pictures and I have left out some of the horrible stuff. I think Spiderman is lucky that he hasn’t taken on all the powers of a spider because it would mean he would have to liquidise his food, eat his own webs after tidying them up and boy if there was a Spiderwoman then he would be in serious trouble.
The film itself is definitely worth watching and the effects are pretty “Amazing” ‘and very well used, particularly the slow motion effects during battle scenes. They add a real sense of drama and danger during the film. I really like Andrew Garfield as Spiderman and I like the way they have made his character quirky, fun and in many ways quite arrogant when rescuing people from danger. We still see the sadness from his past where those close to him have died and left a hole in his life, which is very important to the story line. I have seen all the Spiderman films and I love the different ways they have been interpreted. I have very little knowledge of the comic books, so I cannot say whether they run true to the story, which is probably best because I know how annoying it can be when directors choose to change things and move away from how things should be.
Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy who is a very strong character and not a whimsical side line to Spidermans heroics. She is a strong woman with her own goals who will not just go weak at the knees at the sight of him, which is pretty refreshing. It is a true love story and not a simple infatuation and Peter Parker/Spiderman really needs her in his life as she has the knowledge and ability to help him. Emma Stone brings about a very emotional performance in this as well as portraying a very heroic woman.
Dane Dehaan seems to have really exploded onto to our screens in the last two years with his performances in Place Beyond the Pines and Kill Your Darlings. His performance in this film is just as good although I think he may have to break away to stop himself being stereotyped so young. Again he plays a young man full of angst and anger at the way he has been treated by his father and feels bitter about his life and the illness that will definitely kill him. He plays Harry Osborne who is friends with Peter Parker and now the new leader of Oscorp, which means that everything he could wish for is his apart from the most important thing, which is his health. The friendship between the two men is not very believable and the strong bond doesn’t make a lot of sense as they have barely seen eachother during their adolescents. They do have a connection in terms of feeling rejected by their parents who both worked for and ran Oscorp before they died. I just didn’t feel the bond between these two and if time permitted it would have been nice to see their friendship grow again. Harry can live, but needs Spidermans blood to do so, but this could be fraught with many dangers.
Jamie Fox is cast as Electro, a character I have never come across before and again having not read the comics I am not sure if he is a made up. I thought he was a strange choice of actor and this was a strange film for him to choose. I just didn’t feel he was a great character and I don’t think it suited Jamie Fox to play him. The basics of this character is that he is this geeky guy who no one takes any notice of and through a freak accident he becomes Electro and now he wants to be noticed and take revenge on the human race and Spiderman. I just wasn’t a great fan of the performance and I think the character could have been a better adversary to Spiderman. He was almost like a sidekick to Harry by the end.
Sally field is always brilliant and again she doesn’t disappoint as Aunt May. You can see how much she cares for Peter and the anguish she feels about his father and her husband Ben. Peters Uncle. You also feel her pain as she tries to keep hold of Peter a man she has brought up from a young boy. There is the feelings of anger when Peter tries to find out about his parents when it was Aunt May that worked so hard to bring him up when in her eyes his parents abandoned him. This a very strong character and a strong performance.
The plot is pretty simple and its all about how Peter copes with being a superhero as well as normal guy with all the problems that come along the way. He is trying to live two lives and it’s not quite working out, leading to an on/off relationship with the love of his life Gwen Stacy. There are many adversary’s and one that is created by the end of the film. Spiderman wins the day as always, but at what cost? . He has to use his intelligence with help from Gwen to defeat the baddies and become a hero to the people. There are many ups and downs and some tragedies along the way. There are also some surprises for Peter as he searches for the truth.
It is a very long film, but at no point to did it go into a lull and the majority of the performances were very good. I really enjoyed the action and really enjoy Garfields take on Spiderman which I admired in the first film. This definitely a better film than the first with a lot more going on. Those who follow the comics might be a little annoyed that parts do not follow the comic books and i’m sure there are bits that I know little about, not having read the comics that will annoy you as well. Sometimes it is great not to be an expert and just sit back and enjoy the film. There is sure to be a third film in the coming years.