Director Marc Webb took a risk when deciding to direct the reboot of Spiderman just ten years after the original film came out, but what an amazing risk that was. Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is the second superhero flick out this summer (The Avengers came out in May and The Dark Knight Rises makes it's recurring appearance on the 20th of this month). The film stars the up and coming star Andrew Garfield in the title role, along with Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans. The film centers on Peter Parker discovering a small hint of evidence why his parents left him when he was just a young boy. He learns that Dr. Curt Connors was his father’s partner and decides to help him at the lab, but when he enters the wrong territory and equations and algorithms go awry Peter and the rest of the city are left with more problems. The dangerous and fierce lizard that has been created and the destruction it intends to bring to New York. Can Spider-Man fight off this massive lizard before it’s too late, or will the lizard destroy Spider-Man and take over New York?
The Amazing Spider-Man is a film that should not be overlooked this summer. The blockbuster flick is rebooted with an incredible cast, and awe-inspiring special effects. It’s a definite must see, especially in 3D because there are certain shots throughout the film where the audience feels as though they themselves are slinging webs and flying across New York City on skyscrapers.
The acting in this film is phenomenal. Andrew Garfield is sure to be the next big thing, if he isn’t already. His emotions are conveyed beautifully shot after shot. There was one scene in particular that he was in the moment perfectly. It’s a scene where he forgets to pick up his Aunt May (Field) from work, and his Uncle Ben (Sheen) is yelling at him about responsibility and how Peter’s father was very keen on responsibility. Peter responds with questioning Uncle Ben as to where his father is and that leaving Peter wasn’t very responsible. But, Garfield’s emotion was real and beyond believable. He instantly gets all worked up and starts to tear up and that scene was the start of many fantastic scenes Garfield has to offer. Sheen portrays Uncle Ben wonderfully as well. He’s the sweet, vulnerable uncle that everyone loves and roots for. Field portrays Aunt May well too, she’s a bit too dramatic throughout the entire film, but considering the circumstances she’s dealt with, the audience understands why she is the way she is. Stone is beautiful and captivating as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy. She’s smart, a little on the goofy side, and strong. Her father (Leary) is the captain of the police force, and it’s obvious she gets her strength through him. Leary delivers a fine performance as Captain Stacy. He’s rough around the edges, but when the audience gets to see his vulnerability, it’s a clear cut reason why he was chosen to be cast. He’s the perfect blend of the tough officer and even tougher dad, but when his family and his city is compromised that toughness is turned into real life human emotion and that emotion is passion and sadness that will have the audience rooting for him in the end. And last but not least, Ifans does a magnificent job as Dr. Curt Connors and The Lizard. He’s a bit over-the-top and dramatic but his story is quite sad. It wasn’t explained how he lost his arm, but that quality alone, automatically makes the audience feel for him. He’s human and real and that openness relates well to the audience.
In conclusion, The Amazing Spider-Man is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys comic book movies, fast-paced action packed flicks deeply packed with a great mixture of gumption, passion, drama and fun all rolled into one. It is also recommended to anyone who enjoys a fascinating coming of age tale soaked with powerful images, strong acting and the untold story of one boy’s past that weaved a tangled web into his strong and life-altering future.