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IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Reviewer’s Rating: 7/10
Content Advisory: PG-13/UA
Synopsis: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans
Director: Marc Webb
The Amazing Spider-man Review:
If you have been waiting long for a Hollywood blockbuster to light up your summer, the wait is over. Move over the Avengers, Spidey is back and with vengeance! Go see this movie today in the theater, and don’t you forget your 3D glasses. For those of us who have been following this often-underrated, often-neglected, often-underestimated superhero from Marvel over the better part of last decade, the movie leaves with a bittersweet feeling as the credits roll on at the end. As a movie-fanatic, you want to appreciate this cinematographic delight of a film, yet you cannot help but feel guilty about ditching Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. It’s like a rebound fling has come too soon after a break-up, but the fling most definitely has its perks.
Now, on to the movie. The story begins with Peter Parker’s mysterious childhood trauma of being deserted by his parents, jumps to his adolescence, and then follows him as he undergoes the metamorphosis of being the hero he is meant to be. We may know how it all begins, but director Marc Webb has tried his best to spice it up and bring in the subtle variations. What seems like a very slow beginning gradually gathers pace and after the halfway part, adheres to the more common style of action movies i.e non-stop action. But, it is not just your run-of-the-mill hazy-crazy action. The action sequences are directed with such aplomb that you may be forgiven for thinking of yourself as the man in Spider-Man’s shoes, literally, at times. The plot is not too complex, and the background love-story is sort of weak, but hey I am not complaining. The 3D effects in this movie are absolutely top-notch!
The Amazing Spider-man
Andrew Garfield, stand up and take a bow. That is a sensational power-packed performance, sure to draw in some blockbuster roles in the future. Sorry Tobey, but this man has definitely put in a better performance than you in either of the three movies. The same however cannot be said of the supporting cast, who it must be said have not been given too much screen time to develop their characters. Emma Stone is decent as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans has brought to life a very creepy, and might I add, scary Lizard to life as Dr. Curt Connors. The music score is brilliant, at times you may feel yourself pumping up and down with the beats as adrenaline kicks in at some classic Spidey-chase-the-villain scenes. The cinematography is very innovative, generally adopting slightly darker undertones. Spider-Man is gritty this time around, not to mention incredibly powerful and fast, but it seems more natural unlike the Spider-Man 3. He is more obnoxious, and yet just as aware of his responsibilities as before. Lizard is a very worthy opponent and gives Spidey a really hard time. Again, I would like to focus on the fact that the action sequences are just otherworldly. All in all, a great film. Stop reading this, and go watch it today!