Posted by    |    July 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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The Amazing Spider-Man is an action-filled superhero movie with a light touch of comedy starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field.  The newest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise from Stan Lee and director Marc Webb definitely lives up to its name.  With wonderful special effects and a story we all know, The Amazing Spider-Man is a must see summer movie especially for the avid comic book fans.  This film is rated PG-13 for action and violence.

The Amazing Spider-Man tells the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), a nerdy outcast in high school, living with his Aunt May (Field) and Uncle Ben (Sheen) after being abandoned by his parents as a child.  As Peter searches for answers about his parents, he stumbles across an old briefcase of his father’s, containing important information and pictures that lead Peter to Oscorp and Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), the former partner of Peter’s father.  While investigating Oscorp and Connors, Peter is bitten by a spider, giving him super powers.  Peter soon discovers Dr. Connors genetically enhanced alter ego, The Lizard, and an ongoing struggle between the two comes to define Parker as the superhero we all know him to be.

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The Amazing Spider-Man is nothing you haven’t seen before.  With wild special effects and a plot we have seen previously in the Spider-Man franchise, this film walks a line between satisfactory and déjà vu.  Once you get past the familiar feeling this movie gives, you see a very impressive superhero flick.  Garfield gives off a very natural, nervous, geeky vibe, while Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy, presents herself as a beautiful, giddy schoolgirl, who is almost instantly interested in Peter Parker.  The comedy is presented in a light fashion, and the dark, complex feel this film gives provides for an acceptable update for the franchise.

I expected to see more action in The Amazing Spider-Man, but instead, this movie uses strong character development and an in-depth plot to advance the presentation.  The Amazing Spider-Man is a solid and enjoyable film that simply takes a well-known story and refines it.  Some audiences may be disappointed with this film, but as a fan of comic books and superhero films, this movie lives up to what I am looking for.  I give The Amazing Spider-Man a 3.5 out of 5 star rating and recommend this film to anyone who is a comic book fan or is looking for an entertaining, special effect-filled superhero movie.

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By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas

Have you seen The Amazing Spider-Man?  What did you think of the movie?  Did you like the review?  Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. Lucy West says:

    Thanks for your review on the movie. I have been quite excited about this movie mainly because of the lead actors though! I’ve been anticipating this action flick but have heard mixed reviews on the movie. A lot of my friends have said it was an ‘okay’ movie, but I’m glad to hear such a positive review on the film! I think I will give it a shot now! You never know…my low expectations may help me like the movie even more! Thanks for giving your take on the movie! I now plan on seeing it this weekend!

  2. Michelle Craft says:

    I just went and saw this movie because I have heard many people
    describe it as “ok”. I went into it with fairly low expectations, and I came out rather impressed! I definitely think it had enough action; it really kept me on the edge of my seat, so I couldn’t even imagine what 3-D would be like. I would rate this more of a 4.5-5 out of 5 stars because I really loved it. I thought I would be disappointed by the ending but I loved the turnout! This film was romantic, funny, and action filled!! Can’t wait for the sequel! Thanks for the review- I love to hear others opinions!

  3. Ann Parker says:

    I loved, loved loved this movie! It was amazing. It was so romantic!! I totally agree that it was less action and more plot. That’s probably why I liked it. I went with a friend that’s a Spiderman fan. I didn’t really want to go, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m with Michelle on a higher rating. I’d probably say a 4 or 4.5. Guess it’s all about what you like.

  4. Jim Melton says:

    Well Hayden I liked your review> I too was expecting more special effects, but it was more plot driven for me> We agree on that point> I will say that I love the h… out of special effects> I want more> Spiderman does not have enough for me> It’s the female population that is driving this romantic plot> I’m not for that> I’d give it a 3.5, and bring on more special effects>

  5. emma cooper says:

    Short and sweet. That’s how I like reviews, but I do like the comments. Thanks-I’m heading to Angelika to see it now. My last movie was the Steve Carell movie so I’m wanting to be entertained. Nothing depressing for me. I just attended a funeral so I need something light. I was really hoping to see a review of “Magic Mike”, and like to read all the comments after it. Much more real than some of those reviews I read online.

  6. Hayden Pittman says:

    Thanks for your comments. Although there is an instant connection between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, I was not overwhelmed with romance. I hoped there would be more action, but it quickly skipped through the part about Spider-Man fighting crime and soaring around the city. The story seemed very focused on Parker trying to find the man with the tattoo on his hand. I gave this film a 3.5 because it did not impress me. I felt like I had seen this before, but it had been fine tuned. Great special effects. Can’t wait to see what they do in the future.

  7. Joe Goldstein says:

    I have not seen this movie yet but will go soon as I am a big fan. Your review has made me want to go see it sooner than later. Sometimes less action is a good thing.

  8. William Peters says:

    Hated this movie. The 3D was not needed. It’s the worse superhero movie since Spiderman 3, which is the absolute worst of them all. Like you, Hayden, I felt like I was siting in my seat viewing something I had seen before. On the positive side I did think Webb interjected good humor in the characters and liked the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Although this will not be a repeat for me I understand your rating. Those under twenty will be all over this stuff.

  9. Hayden Pittman says:

    Joe, I urge you to go see this movie if you are a fan of this genre. I agree that less action can be a good thing, and I am not complaining since this film was obviously the first of a new Spider-Man series to come and needed the necessary story build up, but this film is obviously meant to be an action-packed superhero movie. I expect to see more in the future.

    William, I enjoyed your honestly. My initial impression of the film was not great, but I have always been a fan of the series and aside from the action, I think this film was better than the previous ones. I too enjoyed the chemistry between Stacy and Parker and I thought the humor was at a good level. Decent film in my opinion. Would like to see again.

  10. Pat Mueller says:

    hey, thanks for the review, have been hoping you would post something, I’m not a big FX fan but think this might be fun. As I left in my last blog to you, find me a good romance, I am tired of it always being about the special effects, how many can die, blowing up everything! Are there any good romance movies out this summer? Would love to get out of the rain and heat for a good movie. Thanks, Pat