Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Rated: P13
Genre: Superhero, drama, action
Running Time: 2 Hours 16 Minutes
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

Synopsis: “The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. 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, 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” (Sony Pictures).

Verdict: More faithful to
the original (seems that way just because of the artificial web-shooters), new villain featured, a darker tone – The Amazing Spider-Man is a very safe reboot to the film franchise that is sure to satisfy the fans of the comic book series. Familiar first half, emotionally engaging and action-packed second. It may not be superior than the previous adaptation released exactly 10 years ago, and it may be crap compared to the recently released The Avengers, but it has set the franchise in the right path to greater sequels, just like how Batman Begins did. I am eager to see what’s next.

Second opinion: “I think liked this better than the previous one; more engaging; made me happy” (Iris Loong).

To watch in 3D? Feels like watching the film in higher definition only. The 3-D effect on the subtitles are more annoyingly obvious.

2002 Peter Parker vs. 2012 Peter Parker: Although the Peter Parker interpreted on the 2002 film played by Tobey
Maguire is probably more accurate, Andrew Garfield did a great job
playing the same role differently, creating a Peter Parker of his own.

What’s never explained: How Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) lose his right arm. Gotta Wiki the background of the character.

Rating: 3 / 5

Minor flaw: After Dr. Curt Curtis’ first transformation, he morphs back into human form in the surprisingly clean sewer (throughout the film, the sewers have no rats, no cockroaches, no rubbish, no shyt and seems very livable). He is supposed to be completely naked but he is shown to walk out of the sewer in a robe.

Epic fail? There is a scene where the construction workers all unite to help pave way for Spider-Man to swing to the OsCorp building. Injured after being shot in the thigh, corny heroic music playing in the background, almost falling to the ground a few times, police helping him with the traffic – after all the cheesy elements, he manages to reach the building…. but Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) father, Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), in his police car, reaches the location at the same time as he does.

Spotting Stan Lee: You can’t miss him. He’s the librarian listening music through his headphones while Spider-Man and The Lizard battles out in the background.

Mid-credit scene: “Connors, in a prison cell, appears to speak with a man who asks if Connors told Peter the truth about his father. Connors replies, “No” and demands he leave Peter alone before the man mysteriously vanishes” (Wikipedia).

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  1. Eric Lee Huangshi

    Ok la..after reading all the reviews, I think I'm the only one who felt it didn't go up to my expectations. I prefer Tobey's Peter Parker as I felt it is much more accurate but I definitely prefer Andrew's Spiderman. It's much more accurate to its original character. Somehow I felt the movie flawed in several areas, the Dr. Lizard's outlook was quite fail and also Flash seemed to be wrongly portrayed..Still a good performance by Andrew Garfield

  2. benjamin foo

    Just to be clear peter parker was not a nerd that gets bullied la. he is more of an outlaw cause he is quiet thats all. he is actually quite well built in one of the comic universe. as for flash, flash if i recall, bullied him a bit cause peter anti social, but they were actually good buddies later on.. flash fell for a lab assistant of dr connors in the comic book series, i think her name was margaret. blond girl.

  3. Stan Lee

    Like it or not, it's a must watch. Judge yourself. It's mix review @ most I'm gonna lower my expectation. Fancy seeing me cameo in any marvel movies.

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