Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-man – he really is amazing

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The Amazing Spiderman (Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment)

My son and I saw a screening of the Amazing Spider-man last night. It’s a reboot of the last three Spiderman movies. This time around, the villain is the Lizard. My son and I both enjoyed the movie. My son love this version the best, but I like the original series better. The Amazing Spider-man (Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment) opens in theaters today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of the new Spider-man movie.

The 411 for The Amazing Spider-man

The story It’s an origin story featuring Spiderman and the evil Lizard
Appropriateness for children There’s a few scenes with bad language. Some of the action scenes were also violent and intense.
IMAX 3D effects Really sharp
Positives
  • Good special effects
  • The Green Goblin isn’t in it
  • Loved Stan Lee’s latest cameo
  • Denis Leary stood out
Negative
  • Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy didn’t have the same chemistry as the original couple
Release date July 3, 2012
Rating Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence
Runtime 136 minutes
Genre Action, fantasy

The Lizard replaces the Green Goblin
For a change, the Green Goblin isn’t in the new Spider-man movie. In this version, the origin of Spiderman is similar to the first one. Peter Parker is bitten by a spider after he sneaks into Oscorp. He gains super powers and has fun with it. Then his uncle is killed and Peter becomes reckless when he tries to use his powers to track down the killer. Meanwhile, Dr. Curt Connors is working on a scientific breakthrough. But after he injects himself with his serum, he turns into a giant evil lizard that Spiderman must stop.

Truer to the comic book
There are several different Spiderman storylines in the comic books, but in all the ones I read, Peter Parker had to build webshooters. That’s one of the things I like about the reboot of Spider-man. It’s a little truer to the comic books when it comes to Spiderman’s powers. Unlike the first three Spiderman movies, Peter can’t shoot web from his wrists in the new Spider-man movie. He had to build his own web shooters in order to shoot web for nabbing bad guys and swinging across town.

Why is Peter Parker using an old film-based camera?
I’m not sure when the new Spiderman movie is suppose to take place, but I think it’s in the present time because Peter Parker uses a sleek smartphone. But if the story is in present time, then why is Peter using an old SLR that requires film? I get that Peter is suppose to be poor, but if he can afford a smartphone, then he can afford an inexpensive digital camera. Based on my experience, most stores don’t stock or process film anymore. And I doubt high schools even have darkrooms in the era of filmless cameras.

Another cameo by Stan Lee
Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spiderman, makes another guest appearance in this Marvel story. This time around, Stan is a school librarian. The scene is actually quite funny.

Tobey Maguire is not Peter Parker anymore
In this reboot, Andrew Garfield plays the part of Peter Parker and Spiderman. Andrew’s performance is decent, but I like Tobey Maguire’s version of Peter Parker and Spiderman better. Emma Stone is also in this film. She plays the part of Gwen Stacy. I like Emma in this movie, but her character is practically non-existant for the first two thirds of the story. In addition, I didn’t think the chemistry between Peter and Gwen was very good (compared to Peter and Mary Jane in the original movie). The one character that stood out for me was Captain Stacy (Gwen’s father). Denis Leary is outstanding in this film. The Amazing Spider-man also features Rhys Ifans (The Lizard / Dr. Curt Connors), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May), Irrfan Khan (Rajit Ratha), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker – Peter’s dad), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker – Peter’s mom), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Max Charles (Peter Parker, age four), Jake Keiffer (Jack), C. Thomas Howell (Jack’s Father), Kari Coleman (Helen Stacy – Gwen’s mom), Michael Barra (store clerk), and Leif Gantvoort (cash register thief). The movie was directed by Marc Webb.

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12 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-man – he really is amazing

  1. I still want to see it, want to believe it will live up to what I expect from it, I too am thankful about the web shooters, never liked the original series because of that. Tobey seems like he was more emotionally into the roll, haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t make that a true statement. Thanks for the review!

  2. Wow, very thorough review. My nephew loves spider-man. I think I need to take him to see it. Thank you for the review :)

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