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Columbia Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, and Marvel Studios present a 136-minute comic book adaptation directed by Mark Webb, written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves.

Starring Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spiderman), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors), Denis Leary (Captain Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May), Irrfan Khan (Rajit Ratha), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davitz (Mary Parker), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson) with a release date of July 3, 2012.
First I should go on record as saying as someone who is not really a fan of comic book films 99% of the time, and I was certainly not a fan of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman films from the past decade.
I think if you compare this film to the first film of Raimi’s series’ this one has the edge. It’s grittier and seems to progress more naturally than Raimi’s reboot. And I think it makes for a better film. However, it still just wasn’t a great film. There is nothing here you haven’t seen before, and even if you are like me and haven’t really been a devotee of the comics, there isn’t anything happening here that you haven’t seen coming from a mile away.
With full disclosure, Tobey Maguire rarely if ever works for me in any film, so you can’t help but to upgrade, and Andrew Garfield is a great replacement. Kirsten Dunst is hit or miss for me, and I have noting negative to say about the job she did in the previous series, While I like Emma Stone in everything she has done so far, I think she still has a lot to prove as an actress. I think she does a fine job here, but I am curious to see if she will be able to establish some chops as a serious actress. Problem here is that the script does neither of them any favors. Both are saddled with groanworthy one liners or lapses in logic that I don’t think any actor could really overcome.
But the film’s biggest flaw is that it just can’t shake the “been there, done that” feeling that comes with launching a reboot of the series shortly after Sam Raimi just did the same thing, not to mention the over saturation of superhero comic book adaptations there have been in recent years. There really wasn’t anything particularly memorable about this, and I don’t think there’s anything happening here that’s going to turn someone into a fan of the franchise if they weren’t already.  I'm Brad Carnall.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever... | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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