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 – 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 – 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