I got to see a sneak preview of Spiderman courtesy of LAT HeroComplex AND got to listen in on an interview with the director Marc Webb with Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times (LAT) HeroComplex @twitter.
The new Spider-Man movie is AMAZING! It’s a great film that turns the Spider-Man myth into a new dimension that made me fall in love all over again with Peter. I have been avoiding reading or even watching ads for the new film since I wanted to see it with fresh eyes. I really didn’t want to compare this film with other things I’ve seen so gave myself time to ‘forget’. Mr. Webb has done a great job of moving Peter Parker/Spider-Man into the present but still keeping the touchstones that shape the character into the Spidey I grew up with the tragic loss of his parents, Uncle Ben and someone who’s apart from everyone with a busy internal life. I was concerned that Mr. Webb wouldn’t love Spidey enough to give him justice but I was wrong. His casting choices brought breathed depth into characters we all know enough where we may have gotten tired but with their talent they really made this film feel new and fresh. I’ll admit I cried when Uncle Ben died .. yes I knew it was coming but Martin Sheen is a great actor who became everyone’s dream dad (a bit gruff but loving and supportive). The subtle homage to the Spider-Man mythology was great since it wasn’t super in your face but instead felt like a gentle caress on my cheek. When Peter got the idea for his costume .. freakin brilliant (I won’t spoil the surprise but FREAKIN brilliant) and when you see how he uses the camera to distance himself but still be involved was a subtle performance that everyone won’t appreciate but for us who are a bit shy we know the use of props to be apart but still allow us to have a comforting talisman in social situations! Mr. Khan’s pivotal role as the face of Oscorp and when I say face I mean dagger in Corithian leather he’s able to be incredibly threatening but with his charming accent you are at first fooled into thinking he’s a ‘good’ guy!
This movie has unfolded to me like the pages of a great comic/graphic novel where you devour every panel and REALLY look at the artwork for added dimension. Mr. Webb has taken this story in a new direction but still kept the basic mythology of Peter being an orphan, Oscorp, the spider bite and discovering his purpose as a man/superhero.
Everything about the movie was about enriching the characters, the story and making you love them enough to care what happens. The 3D was to enrich but not distract and I can’t say that about ALOT of summer blockbusters (Take notice Hollywood on how to do it right!). Like I said before I knew that Uncle Ben was going to die at the hands of a petty thief that Peter had briefly met at a Bodega but I still cried since the story is THAT good. Of course credit must always go to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko for creating such a great rich character and story but Marc Webb’s contribution is definitely one of the best superhero films I’ve seen in years! HANDS down! So don’t forget to bring your tissues! You’ll need it!
Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy
Irrfan Khan as Dr. Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
C. Thomas Howell as Ray
Hannah Marks as Missy Kallenback
Stan Lee as Librarian