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At the movies with Covo & Ayotte: “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Katy Perry: Part of Me”

By Dennis Ayotte, Jr. and Monica Wolfe | 04 de julio de 2012

Film critics Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. bring you the truth about Hollywood’s current offerings every week. Look for their reviews at  www.laprensasa.com  whenever you need to know more about the latest films. For this Fourth of July special edition, Ayotte shares his views on the highly anticipated “The Amazing Spider-Man” and guest reviewer Monica Wolf weighs in on “Katy Perry: Part of Me” This weekend, Covo reviews Oliver Stone’s “Savages” complete with an exclusive interview with Sandra Echeverría and her experiences on the set. Check back next week to read what the two movie critics have to say about this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster – the third and final installment of the “Dark Knight” franchise.

San Antonio.- Film critics Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr. bring you the truth about Hollywood’s current offerings every week. Look for their reviews at www.laprensasa.com whenever you need to know more about the latest films. For this Fourth of July special edition, Ayotte shares his views on the highly anticipated “The Amazing Spider-Man” and guest reviewer Monica Wolf weighs in on “Katy Perry: Part of Me” This weekend, Covo reviews Oliver Stone’s “Savages” complete with an exclusive interview with Sandra Echeverría and her experiences on the set. Check back next week to read what the two movie critics have to say about this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster – the third and final installment of the “Dark Knight” franchise.

By Angela Covo and Dennis Ayotte, Jr., angela.covo@gmail.com and dennisayottejr@gmail.com with special guest review by Monica Wolfe

THE NEW COVO & AYOTTE GUIDE:

  • INSTANT CLASSIC! FIVE STARS
  • DON'T MISS! FOUR STARS
  • DON'T WAIT! THREE STARS
  • DON'T RUSH! TWO STARS
  • DON'T BOTHER! ONE STAR

Ayotte’s take: “The Amazing Spider-Man” 2 stars

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is mediocre at best. The film had an uphill battle from the get go as the previous three movies in the franchise were solid.

This particular installment of Spider-Man didn’t bring anything new or fresh to the table that would make it memorable. However, Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and the knee-high stockings she dons throughout the film are quite unforgettable.

Beyond Stone the movie is like any other comic book-based film—superhero fights villain, tie in a sappy love story and top it off with a perfect ending.

As the prequel to first three Spider-Man movies you get some insight on Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s parents, you meet Uncle Ben and learn how Parker becomes Spider-Man. Moreover you get to see Parker develop into the refined superhero as he struggles to fine tune his new found abilities. It’s nice to get the other side of the story, but Director Marc Webb failed to provide the “wow” factor a film like this needs.

On the plus side, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) was perfectly cast along with Stone. Garfield shows his depth as an actor and is convincing as a dopey Peter Parker turned superhero. Filling Tobey Maguire shoes isn’t easy -- but Garfield blew the performance out of the water.

There’s also no denying that Stone is dynamite and lights up the screen as a blonde beauty. She’s Parker’s obvious love interest throughout but they make a good couple. But I still think Emma and I would be a better fit in real life.  In this film she’s everything anybody could want in a woman: strong-willed, smart, sexy, witty and willing to die for her man.

Other actors in the film such as Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Ryhs Ifans (The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors) and Denis Leary (Captain Stacy) deserve mention as their performances made the movie that much more tolerable. Two of the three die in the film but it doesn’t matter because the real stars are Garfield and Stone.

Fans of the franchise with high expectations will ultimately be the film’s demise because it just doesn’t live up to the hype. In fact, I would describe the movie as rather pedestrian. The graphics are visually stunning in IMAX 3D but does not make up for the film’s mediocrity.

It’s definitely a film you can take the whole family to -- but unless you are a die-hard Spider-Man fan I would advise folks not to take too much stock in the movie. Casual observers will be better off waiting till the film can be rented.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is two hours long and rated PG-13. The film opens nationwide at midnight on July 3 in 3D, real 3D and IMAX 3D.

Wolfe’s take: “Katy Perry: Part of Me” 3 stars

Katy Perry’s autobiographical movie is a little bit MTV-reality show meets the silver screen – but the young pop princess explodes in 3-D and the behind-the-scenes takes will delight her fans.

From a world of sassy grandmas to a devastating divorce, the documentary offers a very personal perspective of Katy Perry’s life. “Part of Me” follows the international pop star on her 2011 “California Dreams Tour” with a grand total of 124 sold-out arena concerts all over the world. The success of the film is that it captures the quality of the excitement and hype of all that rumbles beneath the labor-intensive effort of an international music tour, while delving into what fans want to know: who is Katy Perry, the person?  

According to the meticulously fashioned film, underneath all of the candy-colored costumes and bright performances is a determined young woman willing to fight for her career to the point where she got the golden ticket and the chance to live adventure of a lifetime. 

As a fan of Katy Perry’s music, I figured that if nothing else, I would at least enjoy the musical performances in the film, but what I fell in love with was Perry’s story.  Together with the “Team Perry” crew, the movie chronicles the artist from her earliest musical roots as a fifteen-year old Christian singer to the pop sensation that she is today.

“I am so excited to paint the silver screen in 3D color with help from our friends at Paramount and Imagine. For the last year and a half, I have intimately documented my life both on and off the stage of The California Dreams Tour. I want to take you behind the cotton candy clouds and reveal the highs and lows and nuts of bolts of this extraordinary ride. I promise you, after seeing this film, you will truly know me,” Perry explained in the film’s production notes.

And it’s quite true. After watching this film, I feel like Perry and I are old friends who just caught up over coffee. Even if you’re not a fan, her story is terrific and inspirational.

The 3-D effects are about the best I have ever seen – and the film moves along without a boring moment. For Katy Perry fans – this one is a must-see this week. For those who appreciate a good uplifting yarn – this movie is worth coming out of the heat as well. If you love espionage and action-adventure, look to the other summer blockbusters available at the local metroplex this week.

This film is rated PG for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking. It opens nationwide on July 5 in 3D.

 

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