Spidey, back at last

2014-04-25 00:00

ONE of the most anticipated films of the year, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opens in cinemas across the province today.

In the film, which is directed by Marc Webb, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is swinging happily between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone).

But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.

With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he is, and when his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realise that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

Also opening this weekend are two South African films, iNumber Number and Die Windpomp.

Written and directed by Donovan Marsh, iNumber Number tells the tale of two cops battling corrupt colleagues and a gang of armoured-car thieves.

A must-see for action fans, the film has all the tension, double crossing, gunfire and explosions that a heist film should have, as well some great humour and outstanding cinematography.

In contrast, Die Windpomp is a quirky and endearing love story about 20-year-old Hendri, who arrives on the doorstep of a retirement village to live with his grandfather.

One night, he follows three figures into the forest and finds a peculiar sight: elderly folk diving into a dam, a windmill rising from its moonlit centre.

Then a beautiful young girl appears from among the trees and introduces herself as Margot. As their summer romance blossoms, it soon becomes clear that all is not what it seems in this unusual village.

There’s more romance in Endless Love, which tells the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

At Cinema Nouveau Gateway in Umhlanga is Fruitvale Station, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for American dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The film follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air.

Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve; being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late; and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four-year-old daughter.

Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realises that change is not going to come easily.

Another must-see is Parkland, starring Billy-Bob Thornton, which looks at the day that the American president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Right after the shooting, a handful of individuals were forced to make split-second decisions: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; the chief of the Dallas Secret Service; the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp; and vice president Lyndon Johnson, who had to take control of a country at a moment’s notice.

Finally, for opera fans there is the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s classic love story, La Bohème, brought to the stage by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the passionate poet Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig as his fragile lover, Mimì.

• arts@witness.co.za

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