Dustin takes a look at the Marvel superhero Spiderman and his first foray onto the big screen in this summer’s “The Amazing Spiderman”
Finally, the beloved comic-book character Spider-Man has come to the big screen in “The Amazing Spiderman.”
The movie follows nerdy Peter Parker (played to perfection by Tobey Maguire) as he navigates through high school, while dreaming of his crush Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) even though she’s with jock/bully Flash Thompson. But one day, Peter’s simple lifestyle is forever changed when, while on a field trip to OSCORP, he is bitten by an escaped spider that has managed to sneak out of captivity where it’s been held and experimented on in an attempt to make super spiders.
Soon after the bite, Peter finds he’s inherited all of the powers that the spider had; super strength, good vision, the ability to climb walls and shoot webs and a rather quick wit. As a young man given new powers after a lifetime of being picked on, he does exactly what anyone would- enter a wrestling match against “Bonesaw” the Macho Man Savage in an attempt to buy a car to impress Mary Jane.
He’s victorious but then shafted by the weasel of a promoter who is then promptly robbed. Peter decides to not stop the robber so he can stick it to the promoter but, in a stunning twist of fate, the robber carjacks Peter’s Uncle Ben (no, not that one, I checked) and shoots him, where he dies in Peter’s arms.
This pushes Peter to become the superhero Spiderman and use his powers to make sure no other family members of his are victims of a carjacking.
Complicating his quest is Norman Osborne (Willem Dafoe), owner of OSCORP, who is in danger of losing control of his company as he is unable to create a super soldier the ARMY can use. Desperate, he tests an unstable serum on himself, which although successful in giving him superior abilities, causes him to go mad and become the Green Goblin, something the ARMY is unfortunately not too interested in.
The villainous Goblin begins to attack those who had threatened him and Spiderman is forced to face off against a foe equal to him.
The film is perfectly executed and I was enthralled the entire time, apparently audiences were too, in just six days the film has grossed $140 million at the box office.
Everyone involved is at the top of their game as well; Sam Raimi’s direction is exhilarating; the audience consistently feels like they’re right there with Spidey as he’s swinging through New York.
Tobey Maguire is thoroughly convincing as nerdy Peter slowly coming to terms with his new powers, Kirsten Dunst makes you feel like Peter as she nails the part of sweet girl next door, you can’t withstand her charms. Conversely, Willem Dafoe makes the Green Goblin both menacing and relatable; as a man pushed to the edge by pressure and you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him. James Franco also shines as Peter’s best friend Harry, who happens to be Norman’s son, further conflicting Peter.
Also top notch is the soundtrack; the song “Hero” by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Saliva’s Josey Scott is poised to become the breakout song of the summer.
One thing I hope to see more of, should there be a sequel is Peter’s teacher Dr. Curt Connors who, in comic books becomes the Lizard, a giant man-phibean, after an attempt to re-grow a lost arm goes horribly wrong.
Altogether though, “The Amazing Spiderman” is the perfect big screen introduction for audiences to meet Peter Parker and Spiderman and I can’t wait to see what comes next in his journey.