“The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers 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 (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 choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.” — (C) Sony
“After the horrible rendition of Spiderman by Toby McGuire the latest installment of Spiderman is a breath of fresh air. As a reader of the comics, I really appreciated the characters and events in this version. While not following the comics in exact events and details, the newest Spiderman movie is much truer to the characters than any previous attempt. Peter Parker is shy, awkward, and socially outcast, but also witty and daring; not the bumbling buffoon of the Sami Raimi interpretation. Andrew Garfield brings much more depth to Parker, and really captures who Peter Parker is, and what he goes through while finding himself, and his place in the world.
Keeping true to the vagueness (it took the comics over 30 years to give us a complete picture of Parker’s parents) of the Parkers, the movie reveals just enough to keep you interested in Peter Parker’s parents and their past, and disappearance; while leaving more than enough story arch to be told if future sequels.
Emma Stone’s portrayal of Gwen Stacy is true to the comics in essence. Of course there are minor differences but followers of the comic, and non-followers alike, will appreciate the chemistry between Stacy and Parker. Emma Stone brings much more to Gwen Stacy than has been brought to Mary Jane in the last three attempts.
Peter Parker’s growth into Spiderman is as close to the comics as one could get while taking some artistic license to try and make the story somewhat new. Some of Ben Parker’s famous words have been changed, but again the spirit of Ben Parker is true to the comic. Even though Ben Parker’s last words to Peter have been slightly changed, Peter’s father’s last words are the same as the comic.
The Lizard’s debut into cinema couldn’t have gone better. The Lizard does look different from the comics in minor detail (dare I say better?), but is true to character. The story of Dr. Connors is told and details are given; one understands his plight. The special effects are great throughout the film. In 3D depth is given to the background and action.
From beginning to end, the story moves organically and never gets hung up or rushed. In a day and age where super hero movies are a dime a dozen, The Amazing Spiderman does a great job of staying true to the comic and of telling a story that millions know and love. The Amazing Spiderman embodies the very essence of what has made Spiderman a favorite among the millions of fan-boys and geeks everywhere. Those new to Spiderman and those who have followed it for years will be able to find something to enjoy in this latest, and easily best film installment of Spiderman.”-Ben Thompson
The Amazing Spider-Man is rated PG-13.
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