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Peter Parker is going back to high school in The Amazing Spider-Man as a teenager dealing with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 302
- Fresh: 218
- Rotten: 84
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing.
Rotten: Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since Green Lantern.
Fresh: This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz.
Fresh: I felt, with this film, that the use of 3D was actually exhilarating.
I've always been a huge Spider-Man fan, so seeing this movie was an absolute must for me. I'll admit, I was also a bit reluctant to see it, since Sam Raimi's trilogy did such an impressive job telling the story of the web-swinging superhero. Nevertheless, I ended up seeing "The Amazing Spider-Man" on opening day, and I couldn't have been any more pleased with the results. Andrew Garfield was the perfect choice to play Peter Parker, as were Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard). Garfield and Stone's on-screen chemistry, in particular, blew me away with how genuine and real it felt. As for the action sequences, don't even get me started. The state-of-the-art visual effects, combined with James Horner's epic score, kept me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. Don't get me wrong, while this film definitely gets a lot of things right, it isn't perfect. The script lacks some of the charisma and soul that the original flicks had. Plus, the dramatic scenes frequently feel darker and more self-serious than they need to be. But in the end, I can't deny the fact that I had an awesome time with "The Amazing Spider-Man". It was fun, fast-paced, and full of energy. It may not have reached the same heights as the original Spidey movies, but for what it was, it more than delivered. I definitely recommend this film for any hardcore superhero fan. Personally, I can't wait to see where the franchise goes from here!
A HIGHLY ENTERTAINING REBOOT!
Let's be honest. No one in their right mind ever asked for a reboot to the Spider-Man franchise. The original trilogy (excluding the last film) was fun, frenetic, and absolutely thrilling. The movies also did wonders for Sam Raimi's reputation as a Hollywood director, proving he was much more than an expert at delivering humorous horror fare. So when I first heard that the web-slinging superhero's origin story would be getting a huge do-over, I was hesitant, to say the least. Could director Marc Webb (no pun intended) be able to meet, if not exceed the high standards set by Raimi's original three films? Well, when opening weekend came, I sat down with my friends in the theater and I got my answer. And you know what? It was a blast!
"The Amazing Spider-Man" tells the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). When Peter finds a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering decisions to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
As with any Spider-Man film, this one is filled with all the high-flying, in-your-face action sequences we've come to expect from the famed franchise. And on the big screen, they're absolutely eye-popping. Andrew Garfield is an excellent pick for the role of Peter/Spidey. He comes across as a real teenager with genuine emotional depth and a socially awkward personality to boot. His chemistry with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is also amazing in the fact that it feels innocent and pure. Emma on her own does a commendable job with her role as the love interest, but I wish I could've seen a bit more of her character in the film. Additionally, Denis Leary turns in an exceptionally memorable performance as Captain Stacy, the overbearing father of Gwen and police officer in charge of taking down our hero. More than anything, this film majorly succeeds in giving the franchise a darker, more emotionally complex tone that Raimi's trilogy never had. Granted, there's still plenty of the same fun, snappy humor we've seen before, but it's more toned down and not too over the top. Along with a fantastic array of visual effects and a strong script that never forgoes our hero's humanity, it goes without saying that "The Amazing Spider-Man" is far from the disappointment that it could've been.
Although the movie certainly gets a lot of things right (including the hero's original backstory from the comic books), that's not to say it doesn't suffer from its share of flaws. For one, the dialogue has a tendency to feel awkward and wooden, and even derivative at times. Plus, there are certain key scenes in the film that don't always pack the same "oomph" and memorable vibrancy as the Raimi flicks did. But despite its slight inconsistencies, I still had a great time with "The Amazing Spider-Man". With its breathtaking action sequences, memorable performances, and superb visual effects, this superhero blockbuster is an electrifyingly enjoyable experience from start to finish. Watch it and prepare to be amazed!
A third of the movie is a mediocre remake of the 1st Spiderman movie. Another third of the movie was a bad teenage soap opera. The few action scenes were cliche and predictable. The Lizardman looked cheesy as hell. I didn't see much humor and fun in the film like I did in Sam Rami's Spidey movies. It was boring,
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
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