LOOK out! Here comes The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D - with the latest big screen version really living up to its name, said lucky fans who got to see it a fortnight early in South Yorkshire.
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The regional premiere was held at Cineworld Sheffield this week where winners of a competition of The Star watched a simultaneous screening after a live feed of the film’s stars arriving on the red carpet for the gala premiere in London’s Leicester Square.
The new movie is not a sequel to the other three recent films in the franchise, but a reboot of the Sam Raimi series, with British actor Andrew Garfield replacing Tobey Maguire in the superhero title role, alias awkward teenager Peter Parker.
His rumoured real-life girlfriend Emma Stone plays love interest Gwen Stacey and Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans is the monstrous villain Dr Curt Connors and his terrifying alter-ego, The Lizard.
The familiar story tells how Parker becomes a web-swinging, wall-climbing superhero after he is bitten by a mutant spider and he discovers himself in the process. It returns to the comic book telling of the story, with Parker inventing artificial webs.
And the Sheffield audience was unanimous in its verdict - the latest Spider-Man is ‘amazing’.
And the Sheffield audience was unanimous in its verdict - the latest Spider-man is ‘amazing’!
John Moran, aged 41, Doncaster, said: “It’s amazing. Brilliant. Really good effects. One of the bet they’ve made - it beats the previous films in the series. It captures his agility to to swing through the air. His connection with the spiders. Fantastic. I really enjoyed it.”
Arthur Blythe-Warren, 11, of Sheffield, said: “It was one of the bet Spider-man films ever made. I like when he fought the big lizard.”
Adam Kamran, seven, of Rotherham, said: “I thought it was awesome. I loved when he jumped into things. I knew he would beat the lizard.”
Holly Eyre, 20, of Sheffield, said: “It was really amazing! It’s so much like the comic books. I’ve read lots of original Spider-Man comics and Andrew Garfield is amazing as Spider-Man. He’s so much better than Toby Maguire.
“I wouldn’t recommend watching this in anything but 3D.”
Nigel Burgon, 46, of Sheffield, said: “It was fantastic, really well made. The 3D really works and the acting is good. It’s a must see film. I’ve seen it two weeks before all my friends.”
Adam Dulley, 21, of Sheffield, said: “ Wow. It was good. I’ve been following the films. You can’t fault it. The 3D effects were great - it made me want to dodge out of the way.”
Vance Warner, 37, and his wife, Melissa, 42, said it was a great night out. Vance said: “It was spectacular - the 3D element of it and the web slinging as he swung through the city.” Melissa added: “It was a good story line and the 3D and the effects were amazing. out of this world. Really enjoyed it. Very good film.”
Lyndon Dodsworth, 26, of Bolsover, said: “I thought it was a half-way decent action film and a OK superhero film. I think I’ll go home and watch the original trilogy, to see how it draws up to those. It’s a bit weird when you watch a 3D film, for the first hour or so you think wow,this is amazing, then you stop noticing after that, so I don’t know if it’s going to be the next big thing or not. But yes, I enjoyed it. It’s not bad watch.”
Bafta-winning actor Garfield, 28, interviewed outside the London premier, said: “I want to be Spider-Man but this is as close as I’ll ever get to feeling like I am, unfortunately. I’m very happy to be working towards actually being Spider-Man.”
He praised his co-star Stone, who he is said to be dating off-screen and added: “She is fantastic. We all know and love her and she is just so fluid and present and generous and loving. She’s very special.”
Director Marc Webb hailed the chemistry between Garfield and Stone as the “beating heart” of the film. He said: “That first romance is something we can all relate to and I think that’s what makes the film so special.”
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans seeing himself as a giant mutant villain lizard left him “totally freaked out”. He added: “I’ve never seen a film in 3D before, from beginning to end, so seeing yourself in 3D, 25 foot high, is spooky.”
* The Amazing Spider-Man gets its general release on July 3. It will be screened in 2D, 3D and at Cineworld Sheffield in IMAX 3D. Tickets can be booked in person and at www.cineworld.co.uk.