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4 The Sun, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 At the Movies i By lan Black Special to The Sun I'm sure for many of us In The Sun this week Great Scvings! Nod Place i iiiii!iiiiiii!i!i iiiiiii! !iii i!il;: Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" is still a pretty fresh memory. Af- ter all, the blockbuster movie franchise is only a decade old. SALES. SERVICE ACCESSORIES Chain Saws, Brush Cutters Blowers, Hedge Trimmers Concrete Saws IRTHWEST SUPPLY, INC. (503) 472-4115 2330 Stratus Ave. McMinnville More than a few eyebrows were raised over the decision to, yet again, reboot the Spider- Man franchise. However, after the universally lampooned and maligned "Spider-Man 3," Sony pictures felt it was time for a change of scene and so a new director, Mark Webb---and hon- estly, who could have been more destined to have this job and a new Peter Parker were cast and the scene was set to tell Spider- Man's origins ... again. So once more we start with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), who as a child was mysteriously left in the care of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field), after which his parents inexpli- cably disappeared. In high school, Parker is the typical photography and science geek he is usually portrayed as, com- plete with bullying. When Parker finds a lead about his father's work with Oscorp, he sneaks onto a tour of the build- ing and eventually his snoop- ing leads to the super spider lab, where he gets bit and tunas into a super hero. Same deal. However, his increasingly erratic behavior worries his uncle and late one night, after following Peter after an argu- ment, Uncle Ben is shot by a fleeing robber who Peter had let go. And thus he begins his stint in vigilantism by becom- ing Spider-Man. We also get the sub-plots of his romance with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), as well as the scientist Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), whose experi- ments make him the ultimate villain of the film. So, the film we're left with is odd mishmash of good and bad traits, all of which can't help but be compared to the Raimi films, whose specter is still very present in our minds. The good of this version is mostly found in the action. On the whole, I found this film to make far better use of Spider- Man's abilities for action scenes than Raimi ever did. The leads, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, are also charming enough,. Which brings us to the bad. This film is very uneven when it tries to handle the more seri- ous topics. For instance, the death of Uncle Ben, the very cause behind all of Peter Parker's motivation, is crippled immensely by Uncle Ben's su- preme unlikeability in this film. He's portrayed as ornery and stem, so you don't feel all that sad when he dies. Aunt May, similarly, is incredibly shal- lowly portrayed, with 80 per- cent of her role being about food, and the rest being worried about Peter. The state of the villain is also an odd one. It was very unclear to me how we were supposed to view him. At least part of the time, it seems the film is trying to make him somewhat sympa- thetic, and yet at other times he's doing the same comic book doomsday device plot you'd expect from a Saturday morning cartoon. It's confusing to say the least. Also confusing is the way this film is edited and the pick- ing up and dropping of plots at the drop of a hat. For instance, after Uncle Ben is killed, Peter goes off in search of his killer, attacking anyone who fits the vague description. However, once Dr. Connors begins his rampage, this plot is dropped and never mentioned again. In the end, we're left with a pretty uneven product, which is still nonetheless pretty enter- taining from start to finish. I think this iteration of Spider- Man has the potential to be something good, but it hasn't quite found itself yet. "The Amazing Spider- Man" did win the weekend, with a modest but still signifi- cant $65 million. However, the film will need to make quite a bit more to be considered a true success and determine whether there will be yet another install- ment in the Spidey franchise. Grade: B- Entertainment Value: 8 Aesthetics Advertising Air/Heating Auto Parts Auto Repair Auto Repair BUMPER to BUMPER AUTO REPAIE Susan,Jones andTOes TM SUSAN JONES AESTHETICS 503-843-3338 144 E. Main St. • Sheridan Mon. - Sat. By App't. You're reading one now. Place your spot ad by calling The Sun 503-843-2312 ext. 202 Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc, Sales, Service & Installation All Makes & Models O Your Local CCB# ~I~INE 96646 Dealer 503-635-9041 / 4NAPA) AUTO PARTS Machine Shop 317 S. Bridge 1717 N. 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