Movie Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

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Last night I ventured out to see The Amazing Spider-Man and altho I was looking forward to finally seeing the film, after many months of talking about the film, I must confess that I was not all that excited. I was genuinely excited to see The Avengers. I am very excited to see The Dark Knight Rises. I was only kinda interested in seeing Spider-Man. For months now, I’ve felt that this new reboot is far too close to the original series of Spider-Man films that have already been released and, I suppose, I didn’t think this new Spider-Man film is all that necessary. BUT, necessary or not, The Amazing Spider-Man is not only a good film, it’s one of the best superhero films I think I’ve ever seen.


The Amazing Spider-Man features a lot of footage of Peter Parker, a fact that I found worrisome when I read the first reviews of the film. Having seen the movie myself, I now realize that all that Peter Parker means that we get a lot more of actor Andrew Garfield. Garfield is able to bring the charming and boyishly cute Peter Parker to life on the big screen in a way that hasn’t been done before. That’s not to say that Tobey Maguire (the last Spider-Man actor) did a bad job as Peter Parker, he just gave us a different version of the character. I was also very concerned about having Emma Stone in the film as Gwen Stacy. Yes, Gwen may be Peter Parker‘s first love but we all know that Mary Jane Watson is his true, lasting love. I guess I feared that Stone‘s Gwen Stacy would be just a place holding character to endure until we eventually see Mary Jane Watson come into Peter Parker‘s life … and how wrong was I. Emma Stone is an insanely charming actress and her chemistry with Andrew Garfield made me completely forget that Mary Jane Watson even exists (well, actually, in this film … Mary Jane doesn’t exist). For me, the chemistry between Emma and Andrew as Gwen and Peter really made the movie for me. The real life couple exude a sweet and very charming teenage romance on the screen that is entirely believable. There is a lot of heart in The Amazing Spider-Man, something that most superhero action films lack. Honestly, I’m really tired of origin story plotlines but, invariably, any reboot film has to retell a hero’s origin story … but this time, at least, Peter Parker‘s origin story as Spider-Man felt really believable. Except for his EXPERT tailoring skills, everything about the way Peter becomes Spider-Man (including learning how to use his super powers) felt believable and real. There are many scenes where Spider-Man, in his flawless costume, is swinging around town with his Jansport backpack on … which struck me as something a teenage superhero would do. There are a lot of little nuances of believability in the film and they go a long way in making the unbelievable things more palpable. There aren’t a lot of action scenes (only two and a half big ones, if I recall correctly) but they are somewhat lengthy and they do LOOK really great on the big screen. Director Marc Webb managed to have Spider-Man pose in a lot of comic book poses which, I think, will make longtime comic book fans happy. At times, The Amazing Spider-Man feels like a comic book come to life.

The only thing I didn’t really love was The Lizard as the villain. As much as I love Spider-Man, he has some of the lamest villains in all of comic bookdom. I never liked The Lizard and I really didn’t like him in this film either (and in all honesty, I never really loved Green Goblin or most of Spidey‘s villains … only Venom and Carnage are apt villains, IMHO). He was a suitable adversary, I guess, but I wasn’t wowed by the character … or his look. Where was The Lizard‘s deadly, protruding tongue? And his face? No, I wasn’t impressed. But honestly, I loved the Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy/Spider-Man parts so much that I’m willing to overlook how unexciting The Lizard was for me.

In the end, I was surprised by how charmed I was by this movie. I liked it a lot more than I expected to. I may have to watch the film a few more times to be absolutely sure but based on what I saw last night, I’m willing to say that The Amazing Spider-Man is really one of the greatest superhero films in recent history.

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  1. Whitney

    We seem to have the same taste in films and you are correct 99% of the time. So I’m extremely happy to know now that you thought the movie was pretty awesome. Now I will spend the money on a movie ticket instead of wondering if I made a mistake.

    Thanks…:)

  2. Anne Laure

    I was extremely worried as I would hate for any film with Garfield and Stone in it not to be awesome.
    But the fact that you loved is a real relief! Now I can’t wait to go and see it for myself :D

  3. Josh

    Really like to see a creepy Vulture & sexy Black Cat in the next one

  4. im glad you said this movie was good. im being dragged to the theatres next week to see it, and i had some serious doubts about it.

  5. LaToya

    Im not a fan of superhero movies …..except hot Thor…..but saw Spiderman last night and loved it! His character really did feel like a teenager even when in costume which was brilliant.

  6. akili

    I loooooved this movie. Andrew Garfield was perfect. Loved how this movie felt: it was just about an outsider kid trying to make good. And I agree that the chemistry of Emma and Andrew was off the charts.

    I am not a fan of the Lizard either but he served its purpose. I love (kinda SPOILERY) the overarching mystery with OSCORP and Richard Parker. Good movie. I def plan on seeing it again!

  7. rwerwe

    Absolutely hilarious.. this was the worst Spiderman movie ever…
    Andrew Garfield cannot act same goes Emma chciok…
    This wass utter crap… really shouldn’t have been done at all..

  8. Gal Capone

    I left the theater yesterday saying “I liked Tobey McGuire(?)’s spidey better.” I heard others express the same sentiment. It was ok. I liked Andrew & I adore Emma. But if they make more, I’ll be in the theater b/c I’m a sucker for superhero movies. It’s all just filler until the Dark Knight Rises, anyway!!

  9. Jackie

    Saw it yesterday and I loved it! I prefer Andrew’s Spider-Man over Tobey’s. Not saying he’s better, just a different version of Spider-Man that I liked better.
    Definitely lots of chemistry between Andrew & Emma too.

  10. Maddie

    I’m confused by this movie. . . and that’s probably because I never read the Spiderman comics, but I was REALLY into the movies with Tobey. So, I never knew Gwen was Peter’s first love; I thought it was always Mary Jane and that Gwen was just the random home-wrecker from the 3rd movie Haha! I think I’ll check it out. . .

    • @Maddie — Firstly, Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man III was a travesty! She was the suck! Secondly, yes, Gwen Stacy is Peter Parker’s first love (from high school, before he meets Mary Jane Watson … who is Peter’s true and lasting love). Just like Clark Kent/Superman’s first love is Lana Lang before he meets Lois Lane (his true and lasting love). You should see this new movie, the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield is so cute, so believable … you’ll forget all about Mary Jane Watson :)

    • Maddie

      Oh, so the plot is slighty different than before? The first movie shows Mary Jane in Peter’s life before he becomes Spider-man and after… I was trying to piece the 2 movies together. Why does this always seem to happen in super hero movies!?

    • @Maddie — Yes, this new movie is different in many respects to the first set of movies … and all the movies are different from the original comic books.

  11. Gal Capone

    SPOILER…..maybe….

    Did he reveal his identity to everyone in the comics? Cuz he pretty much did in this movie. I was like dang what happene to “secret identity”?!

  12. Did you see it in 3D? If so how was it? I saw it in 2D and it was great. Usually the 3D is too dark to work out what is going on, so I gave up on it a while ago. I can see how this film would work with it rather than against it though. http://www.welovemoviesmorethanyou.com/2012/07/07/the-amazing-spiderman-review/

  13. gery

    Great movie!

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