Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Movie
Andrew Garfield is the all new Amazing Spider-Man with a side of Emma Stone.
Raised by his aunt and uncle, our favourite outsider Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) get’s beaten up by the school bully, isn’t good at sport and has a major crush on fellow classmate Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Investigating the disappearance of his parents leads him to his dad’s old co-worker Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans) and a lab full of spiders.
Spiderman doesn’t need too much explaining. Only being 10 years since the first Spiderman of the Maguire batch was released, yet here we are again without Tobey Maguire and instead with some fresh meat in the form of The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield. This time with the appropriately named Marc Webb as director doing his first film since (500) Days of Summer back in 2009.
Today has seen a change of ‘cool’ hierarchy, with the likes of science-y nerds like Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook ruling the universe and yet poor Peter Parker is still the old stereotypical geek who struggles to get into his locker because a young couple are making out on it. This scene seemed quite familiar for a split second until my memory did a good job reminding me how it had been seen in 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s quite possible the modern day Spiderman missed a trick being the uncool nerd rather then the new kind of nerd/awesome hybrid we see today. Saying that we did see a great side of the modern Spiderman with a witty, sarcastic and dry sense of humour which wasn’t seen in Sam Raimi’s version.
Webb seems to take a more indepth look into Parker’s past, we get to see him as a young child with his parents and how he got to be raised by his aunt and uncle. His resentment for his father no longer being around sends him probing into the past to find out why, and this becomes the main focus of the film. Unfortunately smaller side stories began and quickly dissolved, for example searching for the killer of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen).
There are some real differences between Raimi’s first Spiderman installment in terms of the way the story is told, but the main key points remain the same. Of course this is expected and Webb definitely shows some alternative aspects in there, with some great scenes of seeing Parker coming to terms with his new powers. We see him demolish an alarm clock, making a mess with toothpaste and breaking doors which all adds to his charm.
An overlooked bit of casting in the form of Ifans as Curt Conners/The Lizard seemed a tad off. I’m not saying Ifans did an terrible job portraying the one armed scientist and Lizard but there certainly could have been a better suit to the character.
With some interesting camera work including some point of view shots from Parker in the air was a refreshing change to the Spiderman films. And a fantastic cameo from Stan Lee as the school librarian couldn’t have come with better timing in the film for a huge laugh amongst a brawl between Parker and The Lizard.
To those of you who are Maguire Spidey fans until you die, I would say give Garfield a chance. His take on Peter Parker definitely grows on you with a great cheekiness to his character. Both Garfield and Stone give excellent performances including awkward hallway conversations that shouldn’t be missed.
For all the hardcore Spiderman fans out there, I’m sorry to say that this may not be 100% to your liking as it has strayed from the original comic book story. However there are some great moments in there, and of course Emma Stone.
Over all The Amazing Spider-Man is worth a watch as long as you’re willing to keep an open mind.
The Amazing Spider-Man is out in UK cinemas now.
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