Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

The summer of 2012 began with a bang with the highly anticipated release of Marvel’s The Avengers. With the success the film has had over the last few weeks, the summer box office was geared up to receive all other superhereo movies with open arms. With that in mind, Sony Pictures unleashed their re-imagining on one of the most well known and most celebrated superheroes in both cinema and the comic book world, The Amazing Spider-Man. Having opened on Tuesday, July 2nd, the movie was not a remake of the famous trilogy starring Toby McGuire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and directed by Sam Rami. Instead, this film was an entirely new entity of its own, bringing a new perspective to the origins of this hero, and having a special focus on the teenage boy behind the Spider-Man mask.
Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker himself, the story focused on a pivitol story within the comic books, and that was the sudden disappearance of Peter Parker’s parents. Unsure of who he is and who is parents were, Peter Parker sets off on a journey of self-discovery, all the while navigating the chaotic halls of high school. Learning that his father worked with world-renowned scientist Dr. Curt Conners, Peter goes in search of answers, and in the proccess, is accidently bitten by that infamous radioactive spider, turning him into a bonifide hero. However, his journey also takes him down some dark paths, including the emergence of an unexpected foe, The Lizard. With the threat of a monstrous creature lurking the streets of NYC and the lives of millions hanging by a thread, Peter must avoid the police and search for a way to stop the creature before his life comes crashing down around him.
There are some great differences in this movie that seperate it from the original trilogy. The first difference is that this film focuses on Peter’s scientific mind, and instead of having one of his powers be to shoot spider-webs out of his wrists, we get to see the more traditional spider-web shooters that Peter builds himself, which comic book fans will immediately rejoice with. However, the big difference in this tale is the heavy romantic aspect of the film. Rather than the fiery red-headed Mary Jane Watson, fans are instead treated to the heartfelt portrayal of high school romance, as Peter finds himself infatuated with his soon to be high school sweethart, Gwen Stacy, (potrayed by the beautiful Emma Stone). A scientific genius herself, Gwen and Peter begin a whirlwind journey down love’s bumpy road, which includes having her father, (played by Rescue Me’s Dennis Leary), as the chief of police in NYC, and working for Curt Conners at Oscorp. With trouble lurking in every corner, Peter and Gwen must find a way to stay together amidst the chaos. This love interest is particularly good because Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker, not Spider-Man. While in the original trilogy, it took seeing Peter as the hero that he is to realize Mary Jane loved him, Gwen first sees Peter for the man he is without the mask, and that I think makes the romantic spin one of the most well written romances in the superhero genre of film.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man was a fantastic film. Filled with superb acting, a great story, heart-felt romance, and special effects that are so realistic one almost expects to see a man swinging through their city any time, the film was a true masterpiece, and lived up to the hype and the standards set by The Avengers. I give this film an A, and cannot wait to see what the next chapter in the trilogy brings us.

The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game Review

I know this game came out a long time ago, but with this moving business still going on, I haven’t had the time to put it up until now, so enjoy the review!
One thing that has always been a sore subject among gamers in the video game world has been the games made to tie into video games. Not to say that the games haven’t been good, but there has just not been any visually stunning, action-packed, story-driven games that directly tie into the films they are tied to. However, that all changed with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man: The Video Game. With the game’s story taking place after the events of the film, Spider-Man video game experts Beenox took the reigns of the character once again, delivering an epic tale that delves deeper into the reimagining of famous Marvel characters, and the troubled and strained relationship between Peter Parker, Gwen Stacey, and Dr. Curt Conners.
The game follows Spider-Man, after his true love Gwen Stacey is infected with a more advanced stage of the same virus that turned Curt Conners into the Lizard. With the city quickly falling to the same illnesses, turning them into monstrous creatures, Spider-Man must search for the help of Curt Conners in order to stop the virus from spreading and to cure Gwen, before she becomes a monster herself. However, that will prove difficult when mutated creatures such as The Rhino, The Iguana, and Scorpion roam the streets, and the latest head scientist of Oscorp, Allistair Smythe, is determined to eliminate the virus himself, believing the only way to stop it is with his advanced nanobots that kill the host as well as the parasite. Spider-Man must face the creatures roaming the city and Smythe’s killer machines in order to find the cure to save the city and his love.
One of the more interesting additions to the famous open-world format of the movie tie-in games of Spider-Man is the new “web-rush” mode, which allows the player to slow down time, pick a spot in the environment or an enemy to hook a web to, and then release the hold, allowing Spider-Man to rush towards the spot you picked out. This new mechanic kept the game fresh and exciting throughout the whole process. Besides that, the new angle of the camera allowed players to actually feel like they were webslinging through Manhatten, and the sheer amount of action, story, and collectibles allowed for hours of gameplay. With stunning visual effects that stayed true to comic book artists and lore within the Marvel Universe while delivering an original tale set within the film universe, The Amazing Spider-Man: The Video Game, was a truly great video-game tie-in to the film, and serves as a great companion to the gamers out there who headed out to see the film this week. Look for our movie review on our website, On Request Magazine, but as for the game, we give it an A-, for it was fun, unique, and stayed true to the format set out by the film’s director, Marc Webb. We hope the future Spider-Man games are equally enjoyable, and commend Beenox on a great title.