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Movie Poster - The Amazing Spider-ManThe Amazing Spider-Man is Director Marc Webb’s reboot of popular Marvel Comics Spider-Man franchise. With three films already in place, it begs the questions “Is another origin story necessary?”  There are several plot points shared between The Amazing Spider-Man and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002) starring Tobey Maguire, which is unavoidable—although Webb’s reboot does have some interesting twists.

This still begs the question, is a reboot necessary?  In a sense yes, not because the Raimi directed movies were terrible, but inexplicably lacked the most prominent trait that makes Spider-Man so endearing:  His sense of humor; Spider-Man has always been a smart-ass; taunting and humiliating criminals. I say ‘inexplicably’ because Raimi brought us the hilarious tongue in cheek Evil Dead and Army of Darkness movies that were never lacking in that department.

In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker is left to live with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May immediately followed by the disappearance of his parents. Later, clues found by Parker lead him to the OSCORP Corporation and his father’s former work partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans) who is working on cross species genetics. Parker’s snooping in the lab results in his being bitten by a genetically altered spider, and the story is set in motion.

As comparisons will inevitably be made, in the end there is no comparison.  The Amazing Spider-Man has the advantage of hindsight—seeing what did and did not work in the previous movies. This adventure is a little darker, less campy and Andrew Garfield is simply a better fit for the titular character or Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Also starring Martin Sheen as Ben Parker and Sally Field as Aunt May—Parker’s guardians after the disappearance of his father and mother. There is solid development of characters, relationship among them, and with veteran actors like Sheen and Field nothing less would be expected.  This is also important because Ben Parker has to die, and the audience has to care and believe Peter does as well- this is the plot point origin of Spider-Man.

There are some hilarious, laugh out loud, awkward moments between Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy as they begin to notice one another. At its core, The Amazing Spider-Man is a teen romance along with action super-hero movie.  Garfield and Stone perform an admirable job making their romance palpable and relevant to the story.

Rhys Ifans stars as Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard, performing both conflicted characters (one being entirely digital animation) very well.  When portraying a gargantuan yet highly intellectual green computer generated lizard, there is such huge potential for over-the-top cheese and complete lack of believability—surprisingly, thankfully, the Lizard actually worked. There are even a few scenes that caused the audience to jump.

Last but not least, Denis Leary stars as Emma Stacy’s father—captain of the police force. Leary’s infamous cynicism plays out perfectly for this man of law and order versus the vigilante persona of Spider-Man.  Leary has a few comedic moments, one referencing his many officers’ inability to stop a “single man in a unitard”.

The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot of a comic book super-hero movie, albeit very good—but nothing to be taken seriously or as cinematic excellence. It is fun, witty, visually stunning with web-slinging point of view segments, and Spider-Man is faster, more physically agile than any previous incarnation.  If you enjoy this genre of cinema, you will enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man.  Be sure to remain after the initial credits, as all Marvel movies have a little sneak peek for what’s to come next.

Review by Jeff DeHaven www.dehavendigital.com

Directed by Marc Webb

Written by:

James Vanderbilt (screenplay)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Steve Kloves (screenplay)
James Vanderbilt (story)
Stan Lee (Marvel comic book)
Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book)

Starring:

Andrew Garfield – Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Emma Stone – Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans – The Lizard / Dr. Curt Connors
Denis Leary – Captain Stacy
Martin Sheen -Uncle Ben
Sally Field – Aunt May


 

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