Review: The Amazing Spider-Man


by Matt Goodman


The Amazing Spider-Man is an astonishingly excellent superhero flick and a great start to what should be a terrific trilogy. Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) gives the audience a very modern take on this cherished superhero story. British actor Andrew Garfield suits up this time as our radioactive hero and does a stupendous job giving Peter Parker a new life, personality and love. The relationship between Parker and Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone is a joy to watch with some terrific chemistry going on between the actors. While I wouldn’t compare The Amazing Spider-Man to, let’s say Spider-Man 2, it sure as hell proves to be a worthwhile Spider-Man flick.


The Amazing Spider-Man begins with a sequence involving the mysterious departure of Peter Parker’s parents at a very young age, causing Parker to live with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Parker is a bit of a loner โ€“ he keeps to himself most of the time and doesn’t seem to have friends except a series of odd encounters with pretty-girl Gwen Stacy. Parker stumbles upon some of his father’s old Oscorp papers, then visits the Oscorp building and has an unexpected encounter with radioactive spiders (!) that essentially turns this troubled suburban teen into a crime-fighting superhero. When new villain The Lizard threatens the lives of innocent people, it’s time for Spider-Man to protect the city and defeat evil.


As I mentioned, The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty darn good โ€“ but what’s a movie without some flaws? The biggest issue in the film was that much of the first hour was way too similar to Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, especially the fact that we had to go through the whole Uncle Ben debacle once again. I wouldn’t have such a big issue here if it weren’t so similar to the flick we saw only a decade ago.


Luckily, the rest of The Amazing Spider-Man is fresh, fun, and fantastic.


Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. Daniel RoscaJuly 11th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the review! ๐Ÿ˜€ Ya, i was thinking why make another one when we grew up with the first spider man movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Enok NorwayJuly 12th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    This movie was so great I will give it a top 5 for 2012

  3. Renigade16July 13th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    So happy to see a review that shares my view of the movie. Probably helps that’s its from a fellow fan and not some movie critic. I went in with no expectations and came out with my new fav hero movie lol

    Oh yeah best scene in my opinion is when he tells Gwen ge is Spiderman. They way try did that was…Amazing lol

  4. QuorraJuly 15th, 2012 at 5:23 am

    This movie was so great !!

  5. cjasperJuly 17th, 2012 at 5:58 am

    yea thanks for the review I went out to see it here in Australia. It was actually damn good and not a bad comic book adaptation ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. AndrewJuly 19th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    They redid te origin because there’s a whole new story within. We now have a mystery. Which needed to be introduced again. There are steps you need to follow to tell this story

  7. WintorzJuly 29th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    “While I wouldnโ€™t compare The Amazing Spider-Man to, letโ€™s say Spider-Man 2, it sure as hell proves to be a worthwhile Spider-Man flick.”

    I appreciate how honest and fair this review was! The quote above is the sort of thing I mean by that. I found Garfield too distracting as Spidey, not because he isn’t a good actor, or that he didn’t do a terrific job (Garfield and Stone’s chemistry was, as you suggest, a highlight of the film) but he’s just too cool and handsome! Apparently, Garfield’s version of Spiderman is far more faithful than Maguire’s, which is the version of Spiderman I’m most familiar with, and I couldn’t help but compare the two. Which is unfair to both actor’s portrayals. But, being used to Maguire’s geeky broken puppy dog version of Spiderman, it was hard to adjust to Garfield’s not giving a Chuck attitude. And on (even more) personal note, Martin Sheen was underused as Uncle Ben. I would’ve loved to see more.
    Anyway, its a well rounded, more than worth watching superhero flick. We’ll see what happens next!!

    I agree with Andrew’s comment also!

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