The Amazing Spider-Man is a mediocre reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, although after Spider-Man 3, arguably one of the worst superhero movies of all time, it turns out to be an OK film on the grand scale of Stan Lee cinematic adaptations.
The main problem with the reboot is that it even exists in the first place. Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were released only a few years ago, so to dial back the clock and begin the entire myth again feels too much like a retread too soon. The story doesn’t pick up where the last ones left off; instead, the audience is transported back to the origins of how Peter Parker turns into Spider-Man. It’s an interesting story, but audiences have seen the tale told one too many times.
Savages, directed by Oliver Stone, is a cautionary tale about two marijuana dealers (played by Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and how they get caught up in a deadly affair with a Mexican drug cartel headed by Salma Hayek’s character of Elena. Benicio del Toro, Demian Bichir and John Travolta play supporting roles as crooked schemers on either side of the drug business. Blake Lively is the girlfriend of both Chon (Kitsch) and Ben (Taylor-Johnson), which makes her kidnapping by Elena’s men a joint problem for the dealers.