The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • Time: 136 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans


The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

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  • I thought the Amazing Spider Man was a good film graphic were great with the scenes the that involved animation. they picked a great actor to play the role of spider man it’s a great film

  • Rebooting the Spider-Man franchise just five years after Spider-Man 3 may initially seem like a pretty pointless and unusual thing to do. However, when you take in mind the Sony-Marvel contract, which mandates Sony to make a Spider-Man movie every five years or they lose the rights over the characters, the picture becomes clearer. Originally, Spider-Man 4 was planned, but there were some creative differences between Sam Raimi and the studio, so he pulled out of the project, and Sony ultimately decided to reboot the whole franchise. Considering how awful Spider-Man 3 was, the reboot idea doesn’t seem that bad anymore, but The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t offer anything new and it still feels pointless.

    In case you don’t know – the movie follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a teenager whose parents mysteriously left him when he was a young child and who now lives with his uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and aunt May (Sally Field). One day he learns of a doctor named Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who worked with his father, and decides to visit him at his workplace – Oscorp. There Peter gets bitten by a strange spider and soon develops spider-like abilities and uses them to become a superhero named Spider-Man. He meets his first villain when Dr. Curt Connors injects himself with mutagen chemicals and becomes the menacing Lizard.

    The Amazing Spider-Man definitely isn’t a terrible movie: the casting and the acting are great – Andrew Garfield is a very believable Spider-Man, and the always likeable Emma Stone is superb as his love interest Gwen Stacy, and they have a lot of chemistry. The action sequences and the visual effects are decent: they are by no means superb, but are exciting enough for a generic superhero popcorn movie flick. And the director, Marc Webb (who never directed a big blockbuster movie before), did a satisfying job. Furthermore, the movie is darker and more brooding than Sam Raimi’s trilogy (actually, the movie is more similar to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy than to Raimi’s movies), which works surprisingly well.

    Even though The Amazing Spider-Man has some strong points, the movie utterly fails script wise. The movie spends a big chunk of its over 2 hours runtime on a origin story which the audience is already familiar with. Not only that, but all the characters in the movie are conveniently tied to one another in an absurdly naive fashion. Moreover, some scenes are ludicrous (Peter not being able to control his powers and the infamous cranes scene). Because of that, The Amazing Spider-Man can get both tedious and silly from time to time, which may severely annoy some viewers. And speaking of silly, The Lizard design could have been improved to some degree (he should at least have kept his lab coat on!). In a nutshell, The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t as bad as it could have been, but it still is a pretty dull and pointless movie which offers nothing new to justify the reboot.

    Rating: 6/10

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  • The Amazing Spider-man is entertaining and fun to watch. It’s got a great cast (Emma Stone and Martin Sheen are stand-outs) and is probably everything movie-goers want in a summer blockbuster.

    Unfortunately, those are about the only good things I can bring myself to say about it, because this movie destroyed everything I loved about Peter Parker.

    The reboot sought to give us a cooler, “edgier” Peter, and Andrew Garfield did exactly that. But the filmmakers missed something fundamental about Spider-man when they made him less of a “stereotypical loser.”

    I’m not going to say that Peter Parker has to be a nerd (though they should at least make it believable that he’s smart enough to invent his own webbing…). But in Peter’s case being a nerd, constantly picked-on and harassed, built character. When they turned him into an aloof loner, the writers also changed Peter from a thoughtful, considerate doormat (sorry Spidey) to a sullen, moody jerk.

    Take, for instance, the scene where a pretty young co-ed pulls ye olde rom com classic, Pretending to Ask the Loser Out to Get a Favor Then Casually Name-Dropping The Boyfriend. When she reaches the punchline, Garfield puts his headphones back in (oh, you’re such a rebel Andrew), and essentially blows her off (“I’ll check my schedule.”). Peter Parker Classic would have done the favor for the girl just because she asked, and because he was raised to be kind to others; he wouldn’t back out just because he knew he wasn’t getting any.

    So Peter has gone from the down-trodden, bullied Steve Rogers-type who “knows the value of strength, and knows compassion,” to an angsty and apparently bitter loner who is ready to abuse that strength the moment he has it.

    I found it very telling that when Gwen asked him whether his new abilities scared him, he gave his cocky little grin, shook his head and said “Nope!” Zero complexity. Just a good-looking guy with a cute girlfriend and some fun new powers.

    Showing that Peter Parker grew, through hardships and battles that pushed him past his breaking point, into the ultimate self-sacrificing hero, is what makes him so special. It’s what made people say that Spiderman 2 was among the greatest superhero movies ever made: after an hour of watching Peter’s life fall apart because of his tireless attempts to put others before himself, he finally got a little bit of recognition and appreciation from a few strangers on a train. And that moment was so emotionally satisfying because we cared about him, and we wanted other people to care about him too. We didn’t want the nice guy to finish last anymore.

    Andrew Garfield’s Peter never struggled in the way Tobey Maguire’s did, even as Spiderman. The first time he fought with the Lizard, he came away saying, “Well that sucked.” So flippant, so careless. No understanding of what his failure might mean for the innocent people who stood to get hurt.

    In fact, I never once believed that this new Peter truly cared about helping people. When Aunt May said, “If there’s one thing I know you are, it’s good,” my jaw dropped. I physically recoiled in the theater. There was nothing inherently good about him! He was a brat!

    Case in point: Peter’s final line of the movie, in reference to a certain promise he made, was utterly repulsive. That promise should have weighed on him heavily, should have felt like a burden he would bear because it was the right thing to do for a number of reasons. Instead, he makes a smarmy little aside that shows exactly how little integrity means to him. That was the final nail in the coffin of the REAL Peter Parker.

  • This film was reviewed in the 3D format.

    “You seriously think I’m a cop in a skin-tight red and blue suit?”

    Is a Spider-Man reboot too soon? That is the question on everyone’s lips. The answer is yes, but nobody minds if it is good enough to satisfy. And indeed it is. The Amazing Spider-Man is one of the year’s best blockbusters, an action-packed visual extravaganza with something that is sorely lacking in most other blockbusters: An excellent, focused, and well-told story.

    Directed by Marc Webb, who last helmed the critically-acclaimed and extremely lovable (500) Days of Summer (2009), but now spins his own web in a fresh new take on one of the superhero genre’s most identifiable characters, The Amazing Spider-Man is every bit as good and entertaining as The Avengers (2012).

    Perhaps a “fresh new take” is slightly misleading as Webb’s film is a mixture of the new and old, a combination of elements that are both original and familiar, yet the end result is as satisfying as it gets, and I daresay, cooler than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002). Webb goes deeper into the history of Peter Parker (who would become Spider-Man), but still this is no character study, neither is it a pure origin story.

    Speaking of which, despite more character backstory, Peter (who is played by Andrew Garfield) is only adequately developed, and unfortunately not awesomely developed. The character doesn’t quite come into his own in the film; instead it feels like he is riding on the success of Raimi’s trilogy while at the same time trying to reinvent himself, albeit with mixed results, for a (slightly) newer generation.

    Still, Garfield’s performance is above expectations. His chemistry with co-star Emma Stone (who plays Peter’s would-be girlfriend Gwen Stacy) is near-perfect. Well, they have the advantage of being a real-life couple, but still, much credit is due to director Webb who knows a thing or two about that nervous, fleeting human feeling of being in love, after making it so fun to watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel get on with each other in (500) Days of Summer.

    The villain Dr. Kurt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who convincingly turns into The Lizard, is ruthless yet we feel a tinge of sympathy for him as he tries to grapple with nefarious thoughts that threaten to overwhelm his genuine concern for humanity.

    Action fans will dig this film. Although the film is set up a tad slower than expected with the emergence of The Lizard only past the hour mark, The Amazing Spider-Man calls attention to itself with some stunning web work. Shot using RED 3D cameras, it is quite an experience to see Spider-Man swing from one building to another in another dimension. Webb knows this, and he tries his very best to insert as many shots of Spider-Man demonstrating his newly-acquired web fu skills as he possibly can.

    There are lighter moments in store for the two leads, and being primarily set in a high-school setting, there is that spontaneous, energetic vibe to the film that Raimi’s films lack. Ultimately, The Amazing Spider-Man is not so much a film about Spider-Man, but Peter’s blossoming romance with Gwen. That is the youthful heartbeat of the entire film. That is the promise of something greater to come in the inevitable sequel. And that is one inevitability I am actually very looking forward to.

    Verdict: This Spider-Man reboot is solid, focused, and way too cool.

    GRADE: A- (8.5/10)

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