GIFTS AND CURSES


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)

4 and a half out of 5 stars

Yup, it seems too early for a reboot but it was a different approach to the beginnings of Spider-man (Andrew Garfield, who looks like he needs protection himself). There’s this mystery surrounding Peter’s father and his work in Oscorp,  Spidey makes his own web-shooter and his love interest is Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Pity I couldn’t find a nice poster to represent the Garfield ass. Oops.

While everyone knows what happens to Uncle Ben before Peter Parker became Spider-man, I’m sad to say I didn’t feel as sad as I did in the previous Spider-man movie – sorry Martin Sheen. However, I cried when the construction workers helped Spider-man when he was injured. The crew, led by Thomas Howell, deserves thumbs up all around.

Cringe-worthy parts include the one where many, many spiders start to fall on Peter Parker and the other scene where there were many, many lizards. While I’m slightly more familiar with The Lizard than the other villains we’ve been introduced to in the past (Sandman, Green Goblin etc.), I won’t say this Spider-man movie blows my mind. In my heart, Spider-man 2 is still my favourite Spider-man movie ever. Best soundtrack too.

STAY FOR AN EXTRA SCENE DURING THE CREDITS!

IT’S VERIFIABLE

NEVER LET ME GO (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Never Let Me Go is based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and is narrated by Kathy (Carey Mulligan) as she reminisces about her life.

Kathy, Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) are three friends who grew up and bonded at Hailsham, a boarding school in England. Strains form when Ruth starts dating Tommy even though she knows that Kathy loves him. As they move into adulthood, they learn the truth about their existence and the fate that awaits them. When they meet ten years later after they went separate ways, they come to terms with the love and regret they felt and start making amends.

Kathy: It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. If I’d known, maybe I’d have kept tighter hold of them and not let unseen tides pull us apart.

I’ve never read the book but it’s pretty raved about. It’s quite nice; I liked the scenery most – very tranquil but the reality of what the characters were going through was not. I share Tommy’s frustration when they learnt that there was never a deferral, but it really was a beautiful story of friendship (or even more) and all good things come to an end.

HIT REFRESH

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Adapted from The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook was founded.

In 2003, after Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was dumped by his girlfriend, he creates a website that rates the attractiveness of Harvard female undergraduates. The site gathered 22,000 hits within a few hours before the server crashed. Zuckerberg caught the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who approached him to help them with their site, The Harvard Connection. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg enlists the financial help of his friend Eduardo Saverin when he comes up with the idea of “thefacebook”, an exclusive social networking site for Harvard students. The site becomes a hit and even attracts the attention of Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.

Told from different points of view, you get to decide who you believe to be right or wrong, and if every event happened for a reason. Like that animal cruelty story that busted Saverin and the party which got Parker busted for cocaine possession. The story is also interlaced with the two lawsuits involving the Winklevoss twins and Saverin.

Relationships are build as easily as they are broken and I think it helps to be smart with your words because you never know when it might be used against you. But you’ve got to admire the genius of Zuckerberg, who in the presence of existing social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace, manages to create one that attracts these youngsters with exclusivity and relationship statuses. And the algorithm that Saverin came up with in minutes! Goodness, these people are geniuses! But in the end, what everyone is concerned with is their ambition, social status and money. Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest millionaire, but you’ve got to ask if he did all these to be somebody or to prove something to somebody. Great show, though you have to be mentally prepared because they speak really fast.