Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) consoles Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), after his encounter with the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) in "The Amazing Spider-Man."
LITTLE ROCK — Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a radioactive spider and receives superhuman abilities in the latest Marvel Comics superhero film "The Amazing Spider-Man." Sound familiar? The movie is an unnecessary remake of "Spider-Man" (2002), and the new motion picture offers very little in the way of innovation, special effects or storytelling. Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field also star; Marc Webb directs.
I am a fan of the original films and the comic books, particularly the Silver Age periodicals that the new movie draws from. With that in mind, I liked that the filmmakers had Parker's original girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Stone) in place rather than starting with Mary Jane Watson. Stacy is a pivotal component in Peter's maturation, as opposed to an afterthought in "Spider-Man 3," and Stone has great on-screen chemistry with Garfield.
Hopefully, the creative minds behind the already green-lit sequel slated for 2014 will follow the arc in the comic books, which leads to a life-changing moment for both Stacy and Parker at the hands of Spider-Man's nemesis the Green Goblin.
I also think that Garfield is a better Peter Parker/Spider-Man than his predecessor Toby Maguire. Maguire was so whiney and wimpy, while Garfield plays the part as the intellectual outcast with a touch of rebellious teenager. Whether it is the acting, the script or both, Garfield is a more intriguing and brooding version of the superhero. Ifans is also a credit to the film, with his sympathetic portrayal of Parker's friend and Spider-Man's adversary the Lizard.
Even with a more accurate interpretation of the wall crawler, "The Amazing Spider-Man," is too familiar: a redundant reboot at best. The movie has an average narrative, which foolishly involves Parker's parents, and the film absolutely wastes moviegoers' time with its less-than-impressive 3-D IMAX experience. I've seen better attempts at incorporating 3-D effects into motion pictures via bad B-movies and cheesy 80s' horror films.
"The Avengers" is still the movie to beat this summer, and with the impending release of "The Dark Knight Rises" Spidey may find a rough ride waiting at the box office. I wish Garfield and Stone's brilliant performances and sizzling chemistry were enough to carry the film, but the repetitive tale, barely 10-years-old, dooms the "Average" Spider-man. The film opens in theaters on Tuesday.