The Amazing Spider Man

"Very Good"

The Amazing Spider Man Review


Just 10 years after Sam Raimi's now-iconic Spider-man, Marvel has decided to tell the character's origin story again, using a slightly different mythology. The main difference is the presence of appropriately named director Marc Webb, whose last film was the imaginative romantic-comedy (500) Days of Summer. Sure enough, the interpersonal drama is the best thing about this reboot. Much less successful is the action storyline, which feels awkwardly forced into the film to justify its blockbuster status.

A huge asset here is gifted lead actor Andrew Garfield, who takes on the role of Peter Parker with real passion. Peter is a 17-year-old science nerd in high school who has real depth due to his personal history. Growing up in New York with his aunt and uncle (Field and Sheen) after his parents disappeared, he's more than a little unsettled when the object of his secret crush, sexy-brainy Gwen (Stone), notices him. Meanwhile, he's bitten by a mutant spider and develops some strange powers, which he exercises by chasing down bad guys all over the city.

Their tentative relationship has a couple of key obstacles: Gwen's dad (Leary) is the cop who's trying to capture this vigilante spider-man, while Gwen's boss (Ifans) is a former colleague of Peter's father who is obsessed with using lizard DNA to regrow his missing arm. And it's this lizard subplot that doesn't really fit in here. As Ifans transforms into a digitally animated monster who terrorises the city with his nefarious apocalyptic plan, he never feels like more than a distraction to the movie's real story about a boy trying to get the girl of his dreams while working out who he is.

Maybe one day we'll get a superhero movie that doesn't require a massively overwrought climactic battle, but not quite yet. Still, Webb deploys the same visual inventiveness that be brought to (500) Days of Summer in sharply engaging scenes of the spandex-clad Peter swinging through streets to catch criminals. There's an underlying wit that helps make up for the fact that the story is far too familiar to ever be truly suspenseful. And when Garfield and Stone have the screen to themselves, their chemistry helps the film find its real tone.

Rich Cline



The Amazing Spider Man

Facts and Figures

Run time: 136 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Box Office USA: $262.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $752.2M

Budget: $215M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 206 Rotten: 78

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Matthew Tolmach,

Starring: as Spider-Man / Peter Parker, as Gwen Stacy, as The Lizard / Dr. Curt Connors, as Captain Stacy, as Uncle Ben, as Aunt May, as Rajit Ratha, as Richard Parker, as Mary Parker, as Flash Thompson, as Peter Parker (Age 4), as Jack's Father, Jake Keiffer as Jack, Kari Coleman as Helen Stacy, as School Librarian, as Missy Kallenback, as Hot Girl, Kevin McCorkle as Mr. Cramer, Barbara Eve Harris as Miss Ritter, Danielle Burgio as Nicky's Girlfriend, Michael Barra as Store Clerk, Leif Gantvoort as Cash Register Thief, Andy Pessoa as Gordon, Andy Gladbach as Physics Nerd, Ring Hendricks-Tellefsen as Physics Nerd, Tom Waite as Nicky, Keith Campbell as Car Thief, Steve DeCastro as Car Thief Cop, James Chen as olice Officer

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