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.
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.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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