ANDREW GARFIELD – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – 2012
It is not a miracle, but it is an
epiphany. They even tried to make the supernatural transformation natural. The
superhero is seen and shown as a plain ordinary man, I mean boy who is more or
less bullied now and then, a weak one indeed who is trying to get in touch with
the only man he knows had been working with his father before his parents
disappeared after leaving him in the care of an uncle.
He manages to get where he wants
to go and he manages to suffer the fatal accident, the accident that is going
to kill the boy in him forever and make him become Spider-Man. That accident,
fatal or not, is just plain banal and yet it is the transformation of a human
into a spider. That’s nice, delicately done, empathetic, attractive. That boy
becomes adorable after that transformation in which he recuperates what his
father had been researching about.
Unluckily he gives away a formula
he should never have given away and that is nearly the end of the world, and
this time no epiphany, just a plain apocalypse. And there that’s what you are
looking for, so don’t expect me to tell you what that formula will produce.
On the other side of the natural-supernatural
divide there is the love affair of this Peter Parker, that new wave Peter Pan
of a Protector Plus in propria persona who comes into the picture Per
Procurationem. He is adorable indeed and the poor girlfriend he conquers is no
fool. She knows the difference between a real lover and an impotent rapist and
you can imagine when her father, a cop mind you, intervene in this sexy love
affair that was perfectly safe and back covered to put an end to it.
The end is thus nicely sad since
the poor spider will live alone, like all spiders, and his mate will have to go
her own way where all kinds of janitors are making sure there are no spiders nor
cobwebs in the corners of our minds.
The special effects are funny and
disquieting at times but the film has a certain beauty in its brutality.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU