The Amazing Spider-Man

Release: July 4, 2012, Running: 136mins, Rated: M

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

It may sound strange to refer to a Marvel character as believable, but that's exactly what I thought about Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man. Believable.

 

The movie itself was enjoyable overall but it was the young actors (and reportedly loverrrrrs), Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield that really stole the show. Add the astoundingly talented Martin Sheen and Sally Field to the mix and you've got yourself a must-see movie folks.

 

Here is my review of The Amazing Spider-Man for TNT Downunder

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.

The Amazing Spider-Man is more than just another installment of a tired old franchise – it’s the reboot of a story that attempts to give a more honest insight into the web-slinging Marvel hero.


Peter Parker (Garfield) is desperate to find out what really happened to his parents but that important plotline gets lost somewhere along the way. Instead, the audience spends two hours learning about how Peter becomes Spider-Man. Again. A scene after the end credits, which feels like an afterthought, attempts to tie up the parent loose end vaguely – it is the hallmark of a sequel set-up.


Despite the clunky storyline, Garfield plays a more believable, human Spider-Man for a younger audience and is a joy to watch as the goofy kid growing into a hero. Emma Stone does a good job as his romantic partner, Gwen Stacy, but then, she’s a cinema favourite these days and they are reported to be dating in real life. This is the first Spider-Man film to place the focus on Peter Parker’s budding relationship with original girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, instead of his enduring love interest Mary-Jane Watson. It helps refresh the franchise.

Martin Sheen and Sally Field in The Amazing Spider-Man. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.
Martin Sheen and Sally Field in The Amazing Spider-Man. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.

Considering the star-studded older cast and some impressive turns from the younger actors, it's disappointing that some elements let the film down.

 

The use of 3D technology felt almost non- existent, even though it is billed as 3D. Indeed, most of the film could be watched without the glasses on.

Verdict: 3.5/5 stars

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