“The Amazing Spider-Man” Movie Review
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By: Lynn Barker
Just once, wouldn’t you love to give it back to bullies all while attracting the hottie everybody wants to get with at school? Then Peter Parker is your man..before and after the spider bite!
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in swingin' action
Gwen in the lab
Gwen tends to Spidey's wounds
Andrew caught in the web
As a tiny tyke, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is left in the care of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) when his scientist parents must very suddenly flee for their lives. Growing up, Peter is a smart-in-science, skinny, outcast high schooler with abandonment issues. When he finds his dad’s old briefcase full of secret papers, he decides to turn detective to discover why his loving parents left.
The Gwen of it All
At school, Peter tries to stand up to bullies and also save others from their wrath all while hoping to make gorgeous and just-as-smart-as-he-is, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) like him. She does and they get their awkward flirt on.
Spiders and Lizards..Oh My!
The briefcase paperwork leads Peter to the Oscorp lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) his dad’s former research partner who is working on a regeneration project to allow humans to re-grow limbs (like lizards and some other critters do). Whoops, while snooping around, Peter is bitten by that “special” spider. Whoops, Connors, who is missing an arm, uses his latest experiment on himself and not only grows back what he lost but turns into a really big, creepy Lizard dude!
Playing and Protecting
At first, Peter just plays with all his cool new powers; sticky web stuff, an ability to crawl on ceilings, super hearing and ultra speed and strength etc. which he uses to crush some bullies. When he realizes he needs to stay under the radar, he makes his own suit and web slingers and starts righting wrongs. With Gwen by his side (and aware of his alter-ego), the new Spider-Man learns a bit more about his parents, tries to protect those he loves and, with Gwen’s help, makes sure Connors/The Lizard doesn’t wreck NYC.
It’s been a few years since the last Spidey film with Tobey Maguire in the role. It’s time for another filmmaker’s vision of just how a teen nerd became a superhero. Why do it over? Why not? This reboot of the Spidey franchise surrounds its cool, “swingin’ through NYC” effects (really extra awesome in 3-D) with plenty of heart and character development.
We care about Peter Parker long before he becomes Spider-Man and know that with smart, feisty girlfriend Gwen Stacy at his side, teenager Peter can not only get back at bullies but evolve into the champion for the underdog that he was meant to be. Kids and teens will especially identify with Peter’s confusion, good heart and attempts to deal with his newfound power while trying to understand why his parents left him years ago.
Of course, real-life loves Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have “amazing” chemistry in the movie but are great in their roles without the romantic element as well. Martin Sheen and Sally Field are caring and confused as Aunt Mae and Uncle Ben and Rhys Ifans rocks his scientist/Lizard persona to the max.
Visually, the film is also off the chain! In 3-D, you swing with Spidey. You are really sucked right into the action as he fights the giant Lizard as never before. If you are super into getting right to the Spider-Man action, I’d say, be a little patient and meet and learn to love the characters first. Then, when they go into action, you’ll really care!
For a reboot with great visuals, spot-on acting, awesome stunts and lots of heart, we’re going 5 stars