The Amazing Spider-Man 3D
Out Now On-Demand
The untold story.
Spider-Man reboot billed as 'the untold story' of the web-slinger's origins. Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker, Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans is The Lizard. Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).
Abandoned by his parents as a boy, outcast Peter is raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). A quest to understand his parents' disappearance leads him to Oscorp and Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. At Oscorp he fakes his way into a lab where he is bit by a genetically-modified spider. Its venom endows the lanky teen with increased agility, strength and spider-like abilities and - after the death of Ben at the hand of a thief - Peter is soon sporting a mask and fighting crime as a New York folk hero.
When Connors tests an Oscorp serum on himself and mutates into The Lizard, Peter is faced with protecting the city from this massive threat while juggling his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone).
Action, Adventure, 3D
Rating: M contains violence
In the decade since Tobey Maguire got all emo in Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man pic there have now been four Spidey films. Too many, too soon? I think so, especially given not that much is really that different here, just a bit better.
Partly that improvement’s because The Amazing Spider-Man benefits hugely from technology, the CGI character swinging around Manhattan looking a million times better than in previous films. Credit is also due to Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as the new Peter Parker and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Garfield and Webb have created a cinematic Spider-Man truer to the source material in action, appearance and attitude - a bit more wisecracking, for instance, less brooding, and striking some poses that bring to mind some of the iconic Spider-Man comic artists of yore.
But the film’s also hampered by being yet another origin story, strange since the back-story of Peter Parker must be one of the best-known in popular culture - duh, he got bitten by a spider and got some powers. These grumbles aside, this functions as a much better-than-average blockbuster, and features some great uses of 3D in its exhilarating webslinging action, particularly the shots from Spidey's point of view as he swings across the Manhattan skyline.
Garfield and real-life flame Emma Stone (playing love interest Gwen Stacy) share an unsurprisingly strong chemistry, even if all the zits in the world can’t make it seem anything other than ridiculous that they are playing teens, and when Stone protests to dad Denis Leary that she’s 17 it is one of the few missteps in the film.
Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)
Little White Lies (UK)
Los Angeles Times
New York Daily News
New York Times
Total Film (UK)
A Return To Continuity For The Web Slinger
In what is almost a first for comic book movies, the famous character Spider-Man has been rebooted for film, resulting in a retelling of his origin.
While many would ask, "Why do they need to retell it?" it is better to see it as an opportunity for a new portrayal of a fan favourite.
So how does this film do compared to that of Raimi's trilogy?
From the outset, comparing the two films is a detriment to you as the viewer. This new tale directed by Marc Webb ("500 Days Of Summer") takes us right back to the beginning for Peter Parker, played this time by Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), whom returns our hero to high school, where he wins the heart of Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone ("Crazy Stupid Love") while trying to figure out what it is to have great power.
Of course, the other characters that inspire Peter to follow his path are still in play, with Uncle Ben played this time by Martin Sheen ("The West Wing") and Aunt May by Sally Field ("Forrest Gump").
Rounding out the cast is Rhys Ifans playing the role of Dr. Curt Connors (Whose character was in Raimi's trilogy, just to confuse audiences more) that becomes the antagonist of the film.
Overall, the story moves with enough pace to move through it's acts that develops the characters or motives that will carry the franchise forward, yet leaves some events underdeveloped.
With the change in origin, it provides a fresh start to everything Raimi presented us with.
The web-shooters are now mechanical, Peter is still in High School and Gwen is the present love interest. All these create a path that is truly Spider-Man and by the "true" end of the film, you'll be wondering if Peter is really out of the woods or merely starting to scratch at what he is about to experience.
With the development of technology and other parts, this film bears a resemblance to that of the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man we'd see in the comics, yet twists it with what is known the Ultimate universe.
While it shares attributes of that which has come before, it is a new day for the Amazing Spider-Man.
And it's better for it.
Even asides from the pointlessness of the exercise, considering Raimi's recents, I was excited to see it - but this Spider-Man is a disappointment.
It begins with a sense of realism, but descends into ridiculousness making for an awkward tone. Many plot contrivances and one of those films where you're always thinking: "what? why would he/she do that?".
Garfield was the best thing about it. But it was all too cartoony for my taste, good for kids maybe.
It tingles the senses
Stupendously fun superhero film. Isn't quite up there with Spider-Man 2, mainly because The Lizard wasn't nearly as interesting or as well developed as Doc Oct. The 'Untold Story' still remains untold, which irked me a little. Nevertheless, I recommend it.
The Amazing Spiderman
'The Amazing Spiderman' was everything you could imagine it to be and more. Andrew Garfield was cast perfectly as Spiderman as was Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. The storyline was great although predictable as everyone knows the story of Spiderman, it was surprisingly funny also which added to the awesomeness of the movie. The visual effects were amazing, I remembered half way through that I was actually watching 3D. It definitely felt like you were there. This Spiderman version trumps the Tobey Maguire version in every way from casting to storyline and everything in between. A definite must see!
With Great Performances, from Garfield and Stone, this real comic book blockbuster really pulls its head in, and shows the other action flick who's boss. As good, if better (maybe) than the Avengers the Amazing Spider man, is amazing (almost).