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Kristian: In honor of the reboot of the Spiderman frnachise, we decided to get crazy and switch things up a little bit…whaddya think Mark?
Mark: I feel very uncomfortable right now…
K: We are not great at reboots, we like to keep things the way they are…but that is not the case with Sony Picutures and Marvel, Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb because they have come together and rebooted Spiderman.
M: Boom, just because we fear change doesn’t mean that we cant’ have the rebirth, a re-awakening of a classic superhero story…the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi trilogy is over and on the shelf; now we have a new Spiderman and this movie is…awesome!
K: I liked this movie, liked it a lot..after seeing the trailers I was super-excited about this movie, thought it looked cool. And after seeing I can say I liked it, I’ll even say I liked it a lot.
M: Oh, that’s very nice of you…but there’s another L-word that you’re not saying.
K: For the first 45 minutes to an hour, everyone watching this review be prepared, it is a full-fledged drama.
M: I wouldn’t say full drama, it’s a comic book movie so it’s got some humor sprinkled it. But the tone of this, as we got from the trailer, is darker than what you’d previously get from a Spiderman movie. I think the trailer accurately captured the tone of this film…it’s more real, darker, grittier, dare I say Dark Knight-y?
K: Well I wouldn’t go that far. This is more emotional drama, and I liked it because I want to see Peter Parker and what he’s going through as he becomes a superhero.
M: Yeah, they take their time, don’t leave a stone unturned when showcasing the origin story of this hero, which I don’t mind. The emotional weight, the hallmarks of what he goes through is layered in tragedy and so this movie gets a little heavy at times early on.
K: Sam Raimi’s tone, even when the serious stuff was going on, had that light feel to it…here there’s no fluff, not a fluffy movie. No fluffy bunnies, no fluffy marshmallows, no fluffy anything.
M: Ted is nowhere to be found in this movie.
K: No. Careful, I’ll turn you into a bear again.
K: Let’s talk about Andrew Garfield…everyone’s like: “ok, you got big shoes to fill, kid…Tobey Maguire’s.”
M: Who was great as Spiderman…and not only is Garfield following that, it’s also an iconic character that everyone knows and loves, so what do you got, Facebook kid? He exceeded every expectation I had for him…he was great.
K: And I’m gonna say this, and I know I may get some heat for this: Andrew Garfield is a better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire. And here’s why: everything I thought encompassed Spiderman as a kid, this dude had it. He was shy as Peter Parker, cracking the right jokes as Spiderman, the way he got injured, hurt…he made the damn web slingers! Yes! So happy they did that…when he was Spiderman, this movie was awesome. When he was Spiderman.
M: And that’s why it’s such a great performance…as Peter Parker he is a shy kid. There’s a scene when he’s trying to ask out out Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy and I know Harloff was thinking “this is how Ellis sounds when he talks to girls at bars.” Then he becomes Spiderman, and he’s cracking jokes, swinging al over the city fearless…and it’s cool to see what that costume does to him. Not just the superpowers, but what the feeling of invincibility does to a nerd.
K: You mentioned Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy…and right away some people will go: “where’s Mary Jane? Mary Jane is supposed to be in this movie!” But it was Gwen Stacy, not Mary Jane, who was Peter Parker’s first love and she’s in this and Denis Leary is her police chief dad!
M: She’s blond and in high school and pulls it off…she really brought an emotional sensibility to this character. She’s a young woman ready to burst out, she’s an intern at Oscorp…heard of that place? Her and Parker have this emotional connection that is about to explode and she was fantastic.
K: For me the whole Peter/Mary Jane thing started to get a little Twilight for me…
M: Yeah, crap or get off the pot.
K: Yeah, and this doesn’t feel like it’s heading there, it’s a little cutesy-fartsy young love, but it doesn’t get in the way of what Spiderman is doing. He’s got a job to do a night, causing some shit!
M: And why does he have to cause all that trouble at night? Well, there’s a big giant lizard attacking the city. Rhys Ifans plays a one-armed doctor trying to grow himself another limb from reptilian parts…and as always seems to happen in these comic books, it goes horribly wrong in the lab.
K: And the questions will be “how does it look? Is it too cgi?” And it looks great, and they should thank Ang Lee’s Hulk…because more experiments happened for that movie than went on in this lab. That really started what he now have today in effects, and watching this movie I bought that it really was a huge creature.
M: But you thought the film moved a little slow?
K: At times…once he was Spiderman it would move great, then we’d hit a dead end, then back to Spiderman and it’s great again.
M: I think, like Spiderman, if this movie runs into a dead end it gets itself out very quickly, and I enjoyed being totally immersed in this world. If they want to take their time telling the story it’s cool with me because I loved watching this movie.
K: I liked that they had Lizard as the first villain, because if this movie succeeds, then you get bring out Green Goblin, introduce Doc Oc and you don’t don’t crap out on the first one.
M: Totally with ya…overall I had such a great time with this film; I can’t quite get it to a perfect score but I’m happy to say 4.5/5 Schmoes…job well done, everybody over at The Amazing Spiderman!
K: Wow, you really loved it…I’m not going as high but I did like it, 3.5/5 Schmoes. I did enjoy it it just didn’t do everything that I wanted it to but I really loved the Spiderman stuff.
K: How about you Schmoeville? Are you excited to see the new Spiderman? Let us know.
M: And do you think it’s too early to be doing this since we just had a trilogy of these movies not too long ago.
K: Peter Parker is so tragic…he reminds me of a comedian, because he’s got all this tragic garbage going on in his life but he can still crack these great one-liners…he’s like Shecky Green.
M: It takes a rare talent to pull off something like that.
K: Thanks buddy!
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