The Amazing Spider-Man

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Tangled up in goo – ★★★½

There was a very strange mix of outrage and apathy when Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they’d be moving forward with their Spider-Man franchise without the involvement of Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The reboot announcement came less than three years after the bloated mess of Spider-Man 3 disappointed fans and critics alike.

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Not to be - ★

“A tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” So says Macbeth on life. So who is the idiot? Robert Emmerich the director, Shakespeare played by Rafe Spall or me for going to see this nonsense?

Well Emmerich would have you believe it’s Shakespeare in his new film exploring if he really was the master wordsmith we all take him for. We have Rhys Ifans playing the Earl of Oxford a nobleman in love with Queen Elizabeth I who feels the way to stop Robert Cecil bending the Queen’s ear to appoint King James I is by staging thinly veiled political plays to incite the masses calling for the Earl of Essex to be anointed in his stead. There is however a small problem, Earls are not permitted to write plays but luckily there is a stupid young actor by the name of William who is more than willing to pretend he penned the Earl’s play.

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