The Amazing Spider-Man is Spectacular

Review for The Amazing Spider-Man

It’s not everyday that a movie makes its way to theaters in Japan before the US release. The Amazing Spider-Man is an exception, and it is certainly an exceptional movie.

The film stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy with a support cast including Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Denis Leary. The casting decisions made were excellent, and the on screen chemistry between Garfield and Stone is amazing (cheap pun)! The two really sell it in the awkward yet humorous bumbling that follows when Peter Parker tries to ask Gwen out.

Gwen Stacy is an integral part of the Spider-Man mythos and a vital character in this film. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say you wouldn’t see Mary Jane even attempt 90% of what Gwen is able to do. Emma Stone gives young women and girls a role model, and not some damsel that always needs saving. Gwen is a smart, strong young woman who falls for Peter because he is Peter, not because Peter is Spider-Man.

Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker is fantastic and a welcomed change to the slightly dopey day-dreamer we got from Toby Maguire in the previous Spider-Man films. The script lends itself to showcasing Peter’s abilities as a gifted student and scientists, as well as Spider-Man’s humorous trash talking. For those that wonder why we needed a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise this was it. Garfield gives us the Peter Parker we deserve. (Wrong franchise, but the idea fits.)

Besides excellent characters and the actors to pull them off, the film gives us a pretty strong story for the first film in this incarnation of Spider-Man. This is an origin story done right. We get to see Peter struggle and learn his powers all throughout the film. Continuing even after putting on the Spider-Man mask. There is also the strained relationship between Peter and his Aunt May as he comes to terms with the death of his Uncle Ben and balancing his personal and superhero lives.

Our villain for this film is The Lizard or Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). The movie does a halfway decent job of selling Dr. Connors as a sympathetic villain. However, any sympathy we might have for him disappears once he starts to repeatedly take the serum (that turns him into The Lizard) knowing full well what the results will be. Perhaps the personal connection between Curt Connors and Peter Parker could’ve been explored a little more. It’s not completely necessary, and who knows maybe we’ll get some extras on the Blu Ray.

The film was shot in 3D and it was rather well done. The 3D is especially noticeable in the action sequences, and is a fun extra when we get a first person view of Spider-Man swinging through the city.

Overall, this film is FUN. The Amazing Spider-Man gives us a story that at its core is about Peter Parker and the use of his powers. The struggle to always remain altruistic is what makes any great Spider-Man story truly spectacular.

9 out of 10 A solid story held up by great casting provides an exciting and fantastic addition to the world of super hero films.

If you want to know more about Gwen Stacy check out Spider-Man: Blue.