First things first-Andrew Garfield is super cool as spidey! And am sure most girls would agree with me. Not that we didn’t miss Tobey Maguire, yet Andrew kind of evened out the loss… And one of my favourite actors Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, was a treat to watch. Rhys Ifans as Dr.Curt was quite convincing as the “mad scientist” & as the lizard too if I may add. Irrfan Khan had a screen time of about 15 min & still played it well. It was the usual “come-late-by-15-min-&-you-miss-it” kind of role.
Irrfan Khan-the bad guy
About the story, as we all know Peter Parker stayed with his uncle & aunt, this movie tells us why & how he got there & what happens when your basement floods.. .kidding! I’d have liked if they hadn’t changed the plot all that. But then it’s good, Garfield as Peter & Kirsten Dunst (MJ )wouldn’t match anyway. And I like the way Peter gets bitten & the after-effects. That’s way hilarious than what you get in the first movie. This Spiderman is naughty, this Spidey is fun!
Andrew Garfield as spiderman
The story moves on as we know, Uncle Ben gets killed & Peter realises his responsibilities. Only the Green Goblin is replaced by a huge creepy lizard roaming about wearing a lab coat. Rest is the usual bad guy vs. Spiderman fight.The Amazing Spiderman has many gory scenes to boast about I tell you so better not watch this with that popcorn(or maybe am too sensitive).
Although the top contender for the favourite scene was the one in the train when Peter comes face to face with his new abilities, my favourite was the one when he saves that kid from the burning car. As father & son are reunited, Spiderman looks on…and even with the mask on, you know he’s missing his father terribly!
If you’re not watching this in 3D don’t watch it all! I simply loved the special effects, though I wasn’t hooting like the rest of the audience! The fight between the Lizard & Spiderman was the best in 3D. This was way better than MIB-3 at least!
The only bummer was the movie was subbed in Hindi…& my cheap 3D glasses kept getting blurry. So I shall deduct .5 for that & give this movie a 3.5/5. Make sure you watch it this weekend.
ବନସ୍ତେ ଡାକିଲା ଗଜ,
ବରଷକେ ଥରେ ଆସିଛି ରଜ,
ଆସିଛି ରଜ ଲୋ
ଘେନି ନୂଆ ସଜବାଜ ॥
Every year in June, usually mid-June, girls all around Odisha revel in the celebration of Rajo-a unique festival marked by 3 days of fun & absolutely no work. It’s a special festival that celebrates the joy of womanhood & which gives respect to Mother Nature. Every festival has some reasons for being there. Rajo serves the dual purpose of letting the hard working people, specially women & girls rest & have fun for 3 days & it also ensures the fields are ready for the on coming monsoon.
It is said that during these 3 days, Mother Nature has her menstruation & must rest. No one should hit the earth with any kind of device, no farming, not even walking barefoot is allowed! To mark their respect, every female shouldn’t bathe or dress up. No cooking is allowed in the house either. Of course that’s followed strictly in villages where the day before Paheli Rajo, every house has women getting busy with their make up & preparing delicious pithas(sweets). Coming to pithas, Podapitha is the favourite during Rajo. Among other delicacies prepared are kheer, manda pitha etc. A special paan called the Rajo paana is also a favourite for both men & women.
As for celebration, there are huge swings put up on trees & adorned with flowers. Girls wear new clothes on all the 3 days & all they do is swing on these huge dolli & sing traditional songs. After Rajo is over on the 4th, everyone bathes on the day of Basumati snaan. The last time I remember spending an authentic Rajo was when I was a kid with my cousins. I’d come to Cuttack from Kolkata during summer, so would my cousin from Bhubaneswar, another from Andhra & then all hell would break lose in my GrandPa’s house. Even the boys would love dressing up & fight with us for a chance on the swing! GrandMom would prepare the choicest pithas & all we’d do is play & eat all day.
Even if we didn’t have new clothes the fun would still last. But now in Bhubaneswar I hardly to get see a single swing hung outdoors, the alta lined feet of girls & the baula in their hair. New clothes are here but no where to go to ….
P.S: All images from Google search