The Amazing Spiderman: A Movie Review

I have to say that I’m becoming more and more of a superhero movie fan. I finally had the chance to see The Amazing Spiderman and was not disappointed. I had seen Spiderman starring Tobey Maguire when it came out, but never was interested in seeing the second or third installments. At first I didn’t even think I was going to see this new Spiderman, but after seeing a few trailers I had changed my mind.

Not a comic book reader, I trust the judgment of those who say that this one was closer to the comic book than the Tobey Maguire version. It opens with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) being left at his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) by his parents, who never return. Fast-forward to Peter Parker as a teenager. He’s a good kid, only looking for the attention of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and sticking up for his fellow underdogs, until he gets bit by a spider in a lab when visiting his dad’s old coworker and friend, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans).

Intrigued by his transformation, he continuously stays out late and neglects his duties at home, causing an argument to break out between him and his uncle. Angry, Peter storms out and Uncle Ben follows to try to reconcile and ends up getting killed. Peter is determined to seek his revenge. But after finding his father’s brief case filled with vital information, the revenge seeking stops. He helps Dr. Connors formulate a drug that will help him regain the arm he lost. But what they don’t realize is the big consequences that lie ahead with the use of this drug.

I was very impressed with The Amazing Spiderman. It had a very interesting story line and, for those who aren’t very familiar with the story of Spiderman, easy to follow. I also liked Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker better than Tobey Maguire and thought the entire cast did a very good job. One thing that really bothered me, though, was that I thought Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone looked a little old in the roles. I pictured them more as college students than high schoolers. And the fact that Gwen Stacey was head intern at a big company was a bit unbelievable as well, seeing as those positions are usually held for college students.

But all pickiness aside I highly recommend seeing this movie. I think you’ll have a hard time being disappointed with it.

Grade: A

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