The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Posted: 07/09/2012 in Movie Reviews
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The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, is Sony’s reboot of the Sam Rami’s 2002 Spider-Man film. Despite trying to distance itself from the original film by having a more realistic and darker setting that it seems that superhero movies are heading towards after the success of the recent Batman movies, The Amazing Spider-Man feels too similar for fans like myself who really liked the original.


One thing sets this movie apart is having a better hero; Andrew Garfield is a much better fit for Peter Parker/Spider-Man that Tobey Maguire ever was. Garfield’s Peter Parker is an awkward and angsty teenager dealing with the drama of high school, which includes the problems caused by being smitten with the New York Police Department Chief’s daughter, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone (who is ADORABLE in this movie). Overall, I enjoyed the actors and their performances in this movie, except for Sally Field as Peter’s Aunt May. No one will EVER replace Rosemary Harris in my heart! Rhys Ifan plays Dr. Curt Conners/The Lizard, who is not only a brilliant scientist/father figure for Peter, but he reminds me of the scientist from TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze.


Instead of being just like every other review of this film you’ll read that goes in-depth on the technicalities of the plot, I want to discuss what I think is going to one of the most overlooked parts of the film: the developing powers. One of my favorite parts of 2008’s Iron Man was watching Tony Stark develop the Iron Man suit, a process which was both hilarious and intense while still being what it should; the origin, creation, and development of super powers. Peter Parker’s discovery and development of his powers was one of my favorite parts of The Amazing Spider-Man, which I considered to be a weak point in 2002’s Spider-Man. As awkward as it to wake up one day with super strength, stupidly quick reflexes, and “HEY WHY IS THIS STUCK TO MY HAND!?!” syndrome, it’s extremely fun to watch him get his powers under control, and see what all he is capable of. What starts as Peter doing higher and cooler jumps on his skate board ends up the most insane parkour on the planet.

Watching Peter Parker develop his well known webbing reminded me of scenes from other recent superhero movies. Just like watching Iron Man test his flight suit or Banshee and Havok learn to control their powers in the 2011’s X Men First Class, watching these heroes try, fail, try again, fail again, and inevitably succeed is extremely heartwarming, and usually very funny.


Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t an “amazing” movie, but it’s still great fun. In my opinion it is better than the 2002 film, mostly because of my attachment to the new nitty-gritty realistic style that superhero movies are starting to go towards, but never fully outshines the original because of how similar they are. That said, the movie is much more reminiscent of the comics of old, and it’s great to see a sarcastic Spider-Man whose only weakness is small knives.

Score: 8/10

By: Keith Crandell Jr.

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