In this version of Spiderman, Peter Parker’s origin story is retold through plot points many are familiar with: Peter’s parents died, leaving him in the care of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, up until Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider, and Uncle Ben is killed by a street thug. From there on, The Amazing Spiderman followed the comics more loyally, which worked to the film’s advantage.
A welcome inclusion was that of Gwen Stacy, the NYPD Captain’s daughter. Emma Stone looked stunning with her light, blonde features and large, anime-like eyes, and left me begging for more.
Andrew Garfield worked well in tandem with Stone as a sleeker, sexier Spiderman than Toby McGuire’s. Garfield did a good job of hiding his native Australian accent, but was so thin that he sometimes appeared ill.
The last major difference from the original Spiderman movie trilogy was that of The Lizard as the villain. His motives were earnest, in what turned out to be a surprisingly touching Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde story. The details of his scales before and after his transformations were gross and disturbing, but realistic.
The Amazing Spiderman is fun, and deserves a view, if you haven’t already seen it in theatres. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a run-of-the-mill remake devoid of feeling or artistic beauty. But then again, keep in mind that this is a multi-million dollar franchise. Don’t expect the plot structure to be anything you haven’t seen before.
(four and a half out of five stars)
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.
Running time: 136 minutes (2 hours and 16 minutes)
Theatrical Release Date: July 3rd, 2012