Super hero films are a dime a dozen right now. When studio execs decide to produce them it really doesn’t matter how “good” they are because they’re sure to draw a crowd. The loss of the franchise (rights) triggered this re-book, less than ten years after the last Spider-Man film. The Amazing Spider-Man casts a young, fresh-faced cast and adds some unique twists of its own.
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When he was a boy, Peter Parker’s childhood is uprooted abruptly after his father rushes to get his son and wife out of the house. His young life is impacted when his parents drop him off to live with his aunt and uncle before his parents later die in a very public plane accident. Raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field, Martin Sheen), Peter (Andrew Garfield) is now a high school senior who inherits his father’s brilliant mind.
Still looking for the truth of his parent’s death, Peter’s search leads him to a Doctor Curtis (Rhys Ifans), a scientist working on a revolutionary new project. As he learns more about the project his father was working on, Peter suddenly gains genetic powers, all while attempting win the affections of the lovely, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
I don’t consider myself a comic book junkie. Sure, I’m excited about each one that comes out over the summer blockbuster seasons, but I don’t go reading the comics or the like. In fact, it did take the announcement of this film to inspire me to actually watch the original franchise; a trio of films that is certainly a fun time, but maybe not among my favorite movies. This version, however, does seem to have an enigmatic pull. Any re-make or similar premise is subject to scrutiny. It’s nearly impossible to not make comparisons, and I really don’t think I cannot be swayed by the influence of Spider-Man (2002) while watching this.
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Legions of fans are too loyal to Tobey McGuire and Sam Raimi to ever consider this version a contender. I’ll confess, I do find this version quite endearing, amusing, and heroic in one sound production. True, this re-boot doesn’t offer new Spider-Man perspectives nor does it challenge Peter more, but I love the subtle differences; including the believable way Garfield plays the character. Instead of Tobey’s confident, geeky Peter Parker, Garfield plays a confused, hurt, rebellious, curious one and his character a great deal more empathetic.
McGuire’s Peter Parker is a high-school student who is, yes, a geek but also a teenager who readily accepts his powers. In this, Garfield plays a range of emotions as Parker before falling into his stride as Spider-Man. It doesn’t hinder anything that the adorable Emma Stone (who happens to be Garfield’s girlfriend) plays Gwen here and brings us a more fleshed out heroine who doesn’t come across as (sometimes) shallow.
Special effects are top notch if not overblown. The villain’s alter-ego is silly which means I have a hard time taking him seriously as a villain. We also get to know Captain Stacy who I enjoy being a part of the bigger story, although how the finale plays is sad. The script is solid which includes some wonderful, witty dialogue. When all is said and done, the end may feel ambiguous but it’s actually adorable and can be accepted since a sequel is in the pipeline. I’m an easy-to-please cinema goer and so, I’m ready to say; bring on the second chapter.
What did you all think of this version? Did Garfield do justice to the role or do you still prefer the previous trio? Share your conclusions!
Content: There’s intense sequences of action, but little blood. One man is dies near the end more brutally, another from a gunshot wound (we see him in a pool of blood). A villain impales his victims and Peter physically gets into fights that leave him bruised and cut. Little profanity is heard [h*ll, a**] but GD is heard half a dozen times. A couple of scenes show Peter and Gwen kissing. The movie is PG13.