Tuesday, February 7, 2012

All About "The Amazing Spider-Man": Details, Photos and a New Trailer!

Andrew: Hello readers! Today's post is going to be about one thing and one thing only...this summer's Spider-Man reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man." Why, you may ask? Here's why: recently, the official website for the film released a number of photos detailing the characters of the film. Then yesterday, movie news website Latino-Review.com released excerpts of an interview the film's director, Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer"), gave to the Comic-Con Annual Magazine. Last, but not least, TODAY Sony Pictures released a brand new trailer for the film that looks pretty sweet.

Sarah, what I'm going to do first is post some choice excerpts from the Marc Webb interview, and then I want to get your take on what he said. Sound good?

Sarah: Sounds good!

A: In case our readers don’t know, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is being played by Andrew Garfield, who made a name for himself in 2010 when he starred in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” With that said, here are the excerpts of Marc Webb’s interview with the Comic-Con Annual Magazine:

 - On the tone of the film: "There is betrayal, there is tragedy, but there’s also humor and romance. So it’s a very complex bouquet of emotions, but what you have to tread on is what feels authentic and what feels real, and you have to earn those different emotions. There are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely."

 - On why they decided to make Gwen Stacy the love-interest in this film and not Mary Jane Parker: "We’ve seen Mary Jane. I also think that Gwen Stacy is a young scientifically minded woman who’s super smart, maybe even a little bit smarter than Peter at times. I like that dynamic, that there was a rivalry between the two of them in some way. And I think Emma and Andrew’s chemistry really describes that in a fun, very intimate way."

 - On the kind of humor we can expect in this version of Spider-Man: "Andrew was really great. He used this term to describe Peter Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man in particular: he’s a trickster. He was like “How would Spider-Man web this guy? He’d give him a wedgy or he’d dos some awful graffiti.” There’s a punk rock quality to Peter Parker that’s really irreverent and fun and that’s something that Andrew embodies in a way that we haven’t seen before. Certainly the materials that have come out have a darker sentiment or there’s a darker projection, but we’re very keen on staying loyal to the humor of Spider-Man."

 - On their use of 3-D: "When we first talked about it, it was in the heyday of 3D and there was a lot of craziness about it. But it was never forced upon us. I thought if there’s ever a movie that should be in 3D, it’s Spider-Man for crying out loud. And watching it in 3D, particularly in IMAX, even the early stuff I’ve seen, it’s fantastic. You get a visceral feeling that you don’t get any other way when you have good 3D. We shot this all in stereo so it was native 3D. Nothing has been converted. And when you get that scope, the movie gradually expands. It starts off in a very intimate, small way and gradually expands to take advantage of that sensation. So do you have to see it in 3D? No, you’ll still get the thrill of it. But those point-of-view sequences, those came very directly from a philosophy about putting the audience in Spider-Man’s shoes. We wanted them to feel what he feels, and that’s where those sequences came from."

 - On the film's villain, Dr. Curt Connors (a.k.a The Lizard), portrayed by Rhys Ifans: "The Welshman. He’s fantastic. He brings a surly sophistication. Curt Connors is a friend of Peter Parker. He is an ally who evolves into an adversary, but Peter always cares deeply for Dr. Connors. Rhys has tow sides to his personality. He has a wonderful kindness and warmth, and he has this surly rock ‘n’ roll part of his personality and you really sense both of those in this movie."

Alright! So just going off of what Webb said about his film, what's your immediate reaction?
S: Interesting. I like how it is a summation of how they are going to re-vamp it. This franchise has gotten such a bad rap in the past (for terrible acting and storylines...did George Lucas have something to do with those films?!) that I think they can really start this new film anywhere they want to. I have high expectations for this movie so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.
A: What did you think of Webb saying that they're embracing the teenage qualities of Spider-Man this time? I mean, in the last series Peter Parker was only in high school for the first half-hour of the film. This time it sounds like he'll be a high school student the entire time.
S: I think it's appropriate. The original story has him in high school. It will be kinda cool to have a teenage superhero instead of just another adult hero with ego issues. The new Peter Parker will have to deal with the strain of being in high school all while having to hide this super cool ability.

I also like how the director is not forcing the audience to see it in 3D; that we will still get the same effect in 2D.

A: That's something I was just about to ask you, as it's a perfect lead in to the new trailer! Check out the new trailer and we'll chat briefly about what we think of it.

New Trailer for Sony Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man"

S: Ooooo, I like it! It seems like it’s every action movie starring a masked hero that the audience could ever want. I like this. I also like that Luna Lovegood's father is playing the villain, he should be a good fit. There is action but seems to have a level of humor that was lacking in the last films. And lets be honest, Andrew Garfield is much easier on the eyes than Toby McGuire.

A: I do think the casting of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker is an inspired choice. And from the looks of it, the CGI villain doesn't look bad. That will need to be a strong point, because if it looks cheesy, then it could possibly derail the whole movie.

Alright readers! We were going to wrap this post up with some more goodies - pictures from "The Amazing Spider-Man" official site with the character pictures/descriptions - but we can't upload multiple pics for some reason. When we figure it out, they'll be posted. In the meantime, the movie comes out on July 3rd and I can guarantee you that Sarah and I will be seeing it opening weekend! Thanks for reading!

Next Post: We will be seeing "The Iron Lady" tonight, so a review will be posted tomorrow.

(Sources: Latino Review)

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