Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman

Posted: July 10, 2012 in movie reviews, movies
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Though the story and concept isn’t exactly original, it is the combination of Andrew Garfield’s charisma and Emma Stone’s breezy adorable girl next door that makes Marc Webb’s Spiderman pretty great.

The Amazing Spiderman

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Chris Zylka.

Premise: The Amazing Spiderman tells a story we’ve all heard before. No seriously, 10 years ago we saw a movie with this exact same plot and concept. Nerdy, super-smart Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a “scientific-experiment” spider while exploring Oscorp to find out why his parents abandoned him and left him in the care of his aunt (Sally Field) and uncle (Martin Sheen). His search brings him to Dr. Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans), his father’s best friend, researching how to morph reptile DNA with human DNA in order to regenerate cells. Soon, Parker finds himself with superpowers as he juggles bullies at high school, falling love with girl next door Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and saving the world from the monster he created.

My Review: Even with a recycled plot, The Amazing Spiderman feels fresh thanks to Andrew Garfield, the Spiderman we should have had all along. Don’t get me wrong, Spiderman 2 is probably the best of the franchise with strong villain, but Garfield is much more believable as a nerdy, angsty teenager. He is believable as someone who would be bullied by people, as well as someone who could get a cool girl like Gwen Stacy. He played Peter Parker with just the right amount of strength and vulnerability and brought much more personality to the role than Tobey Maguire ever did. Tobey Maguire wasn’t bad (except for his work in Spiderman 3 where he cried the entire movie), Andrew Garfield is just the better choice.

Speaking of the better choice, many of Marc Webb’s choices worked better for the franchise. Casting Emma Stone as a Gwen Stacy was the right move, but making her a strong (as in strength) feisty, stubborn character was the absolute better choice. She is what I want in my girl characters: someone strong-willed of good character rather than someone who whines and complains that her boyfriend doesn’t pay attention to her all the while stringing other guys along (I’m looking at you Kristen Dunst). We want a girl who can rock an awesome pair of heels and kick ass at the same time. And Emma Stone did just that. She was the perfect amount of adorable and hardcore. Having Gwen know Peter’s secret was how Parker’s romances should have gone all along. Peter and Gwen’s relationship became the heart of the movie so I’m glad they found two actors that had super-hot chemistry together. Marc Webb was able to develop their relationship just right so we cared about them and what happened to them (as opposed to rushing the love like other movies do.)

Okay yes, the villain was a bit weak. The Lizard wasn’t as scary as he could have been. And frankly seeing the exact same beats happen in this movie as it did in the first threw me off. I wished they found another way – a twist – to motive Peter to take responsibility for his life and also his new powers. I also feel a reboot was too soon, and a bit unnecessary, but overall I’d call this movie a success. The acting was strong all around (especially for a superhero movie) and it gave us the Spiderman we should have had 10 years ago. And even this new Spiderman may be just a bit late, I have high hopes for the sequels to be even stronger.

Though this new Spiderman didn’t exactly blow me away, the fact that it got me excited for the franchise again, made me laugh, made me wish I were Emma Stone, made me sit on the edge of my seat, and made me get a little emotional, is in itself “amazing.”


Rating: 3 ½ stars.

  1. lester says:

    this movie suck i give it a f

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