Rating : 8/10
Release Date : 1st May, 2014
Time : 142 minutes
Director : Marc Webb; Writers :Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko; Music : Johnny Marr, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer
Starring : Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas
Oh ! What a delicious tangled web they weave…
Andrew Garfield wants to know what happened to his parents.
Dane DeHaan, the younger Osborn, has just been handed an unwanted legacy by his father.
Emma Stone just wants a peaceful life with her boyfriend but her father’s promise keeps haunting Andrew.
Sally Field wants Andrew to continue being her boy and is holding out on him re his parents
Jamie Foxx, a nobody at Oscorp, just wants to be known
And Oscorp, of course, has many, many secrets hidden away in its metaphorical cupboard.
Secrets and villains never stop tumbling out in this film…Electro, Green Goblin, Rhino. And with a relationship which always reads Its Complicated, things aren’t too smooth romantically either.
Nowadays life doesn’t seem to be too smooth for superheroes…with a Hancock-like negative reaction from the public and his own life not easy, Spiderman luckily manages to retain his sense of humour. Oscorp also seems to behave like any typical large corporate in its headlong quest for profits at any price, complete with stormy boardroom meetings.
The action is great when it happens, with a nice musical score as accompaniment. There are a myriad implausible events – how almost every accident seems to result in a superhero. How no govt agency (FBI etc) ever lands up despite several creatures springing up, devastating New York, instead leaving everything to Oscorp to clean up. But this is minor stuff to sweat on a ride as thrilling as this one.
The blend of action, emotion, humour and mystery makes for a heady cocktail, one you don’t want to stop sipping. The characters are familiar yet behave in new, exciting ways, more consistent with their characters . The third one is nicely set up. I wasn’t such a big fan of the Tobey Maguire series but for this one, I just can’t wait.