When you have sons, there are certain givens. Activities will be rowdier. Pushing and shoving are the status quo. During play, anything can and will be used as a gun, including light sabers. Toys will be scattered all over the family room.
And you’re going to see your share of action movies.
Fortunately, I’m a fan of those rock ’em-sock ’em films. I especially like the ones based on comic books, not that I’ve read any of them. So we all looked forward to seeing “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a reboot of the familiar misunderstood superhero’s story.
Here’s the short review: If you’re a fan of this genre, it’s a must-see on the big screen. Andrew Garfield brings an interesting dimension to Peter Parker, a teenager who is bitten by a genetically modified spider. His take on the character is darker and maybe even a bit more intellectual than Tobey Maguire’s. We also get more of the back story about what happened to Peter as a child, and how he came to live with his Uncle Ben (well-done by Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field is miscast here).
Sweetening the deal for me, of course, was that Emma Stone was in the movie. I love me some Emma Stone! She’s excellent as Spider-Man’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, who just happens to be the daughter of the police captain (well-played by Denis Leary), who wants to capture the swinging crusader.
Of course, Spider-Man has to have a nemesis. This time it’s the Lizard, aka Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner, who has serious anger issues and makes a lot of messes.
Much like my sons when they were little superheroes!