FILM: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’.
The film tells the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.
Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.
As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
In beginning a new chapter in the Spider-Man saga, it was important to the filmmakers to show a side of Peter Parker that moviegoers haven’t seen before. “There are a lot of things in the Spider-Man canon that haven’t been explored cinematically,” says Marc Webb, who directs the new film. “The loss of Peter’s parents launches Peter on his journey. I was curious about the emotional consequence of that tragic event – ultimately, this is a story about a kid who goes out looking for a father and finds himself.
Then, of course, we have the Gwen Stacy saga – whether you’re familiar with the comics or not, it’s an extraordinary story. And, of course, there’s the Lizard, one of my favorite villains in comics. All of that gave us a lot to work with.”
As the film explores a different aspect of Peter Parker’s life, the film is also told in a different way – a more naturalistic way.
“I wanted the fun, the spectacle, the action, the rage, and the humour to feel more realistic – like you walk out on the street and you can imagine this happening,” says Webb.
As a result, the filmmakers chose to create ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ using practical, real-world elements whenever possible and choosing visual effects only when strictly necessary.
At the centre of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is, of course, the story of a boy, Peter Parker. “Peter Parker is a hero, not a superhero,” says Andrew Garfield, who takes on the iconic role.
“He’s already good before the spider bites him. After that, he gets the power to act on what he already knows is right.”
CAST: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
DIRECTOR: MARC WEBB
FILM: VINCENT WANTS TO SEA
Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A sleeper hit”, the new film ‘Vincent Wants to Sea’ has won awards at the German film industry equivalent of the Oscars and has also been voted audience favourite three times over. Directed by Ralf Huettner, it will be screened at Cavendish Square Nouveau from July 13.
Lead actor Florian David Fitz won best actor for his portrayal of the defiant-but-shy hero Vincent. He also wrote the original script about a young man suffering from Tourette’s syndrome who is shipped off to an institution by his father after his mother passes. In due course, he escapes from the health care facility with his new friends Alexander (Johannes Allmayer), an easily disturbed obsessive-compulsive, and the pretty Marie (Karoline Herfurth), who suffers from Anorexia Nervousa.
The three friends embark on a journey to the Italian coast so that Vincent can fulfil his mother’s last dying wish – to scatter her ashes in the ocean. In hot pursuit is their doctor (Katherine Muller-Elmau) and Vincent’s father (Heino Ferch) – a politician who has little understanding of or compassion for his son’s condition.
Winner of Best Actor and Best Picture at the 61st Annual German Film Academy Awards, ‘Vincent Wants to Sea’ is a funny and heart-warming story of overcoming personal and interpersonal challenges, whilst embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
Experience the quality and the very best of thought provoking film at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Cavendish Square.
CAST: Florian David Fitz, Johannes Allmayer, Karoline Herfurth, Katherine Muller-Elmau, Heino Ferch
DIRECTOR: Ralf Huettner
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