Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Spidey Senses

I am always amazed at life and how some things come full circle – in a good way.  Case in point, Spider-Man. 

Last Sunday, I spent 2 hours in a movie theatre mesmerized.  We saw the latest Spider-Man movie, The Amazing Spider-Man and as we enjoyed the new stars of the series, Andrew Garfield (from The Social Network) and Emma Stone (The Help), it was the supporting cast that we loved the most:  Martin Sheen, Sally Fields, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans – which we have been known to quote one of his famous lines from Notting Hill where he has just answered the front door in his gray underwear, “Not bad.  Not bad at all.”

Here’s my opinion of the film: if you like Spider-Man, then you will like the movie, seriously, it’s as simple as that. Garfield’s and Stone’s acting portrayal of their characters are believable.  However, I do think their acting has strongly benefited from having veteran actors supporting them in this film. It’s different than the Toby Maquire/Kirsten Dunst ones but it still keeps the same premise lines:  Peter Parker living with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben; and Peter getting bitten by a spider in a lab*.

But the surprising part of the Spider-Man movie sagas is Vermouth! 

Eight years ago, on July 4th, we saw Spider-Man 2 (staring Toby Maquire and Kirsten Dunst).  It was the last movie all 4 of us saw together on American soil before moving to Holland.  This is the movie that features Doctor Otto Octavius who later becomes Doctor Octopus (played by Alfred Molina).  However, when Doctor Otto Octavius becomes the bad guy that is when 8 year old, Vermouth had had enough!  When the movie was over and we were leaving the theatre she announced, quite loudly and emphatically, that she, “… never wanted to see that movie again and I was never allowed to buy this DVD!” and then she proceeded to stomp her little 8-year old body out of the theatre.  (And true to Vermouth’s request, we still do not own Spider-Man 2).

So, fast-forward 8 years and guess who wants to see The Amazing Spider-Man and in 3D no less???  Vermouth loved it and loved it so much she back to see it again with her friends!  When I pointed out to Vermouth that 8 years ago she said she never wanted to see a Spider-Man movie again, she said sheepishly, “Oh yeah … I forgot about that …” 

*Note to Vodka, and the others who do not like spiders
There are 2 scenes that you will want to close you eyes in –
  1. When Peter goes in to the room with the spider webs.  You can watch about 30 seconds of this scene then close your eyes
  2. When Peter is back in his bedroom and he rubs the back of his neck

That’s all I am saying about the movie …

Happy 4th of July,
The Martini Knitter

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