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Quickie Review: 12 Mighty Orphans

12 Mighty Orphans is one of those inspiring underdog sports movies inspired by real events subject to Hollywood tinkering to condense time, amalgamate characters, and boost tension – as with the recent Blue Miracle on Netflix. That one’s about a group of orphans in Mexico and their devoted guardian who entered and won a prestigious fishing competition. This one’s about a group of scrappy orphans in wartime and depression-era Texas who – with the help of a devoted coach – defy the odds to compete with the big boys in High School football. Think “Friday Night Lights” – with orphans- in the 1930s.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Yes, the story is somewhat different. But it’s also kinda the same. And therein lies the rub. There’s nothing wrong with the Spider-Man reboot – it just doesn’t need to be. The incredibly talented cast is wasted on a retread. I mean, c’mon Hollywood, can’t you find just one solid, original script worth taking a multi-million dollar gamble on?

First, for what’s different: The Amazing Spider-Man focuses on the true origins of the Spidey character, including Peter Parker’s quest to understand why his parents left him in the care of good ol’ Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) when he was just a boy.  When Peter (Andrew Garfield) crosses paths with his father’s former partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), you know that can’t end well. Especially when Dr. Connors starts putzing around with a serum that turns him into a giant killer lizard.