The Amazing Spiderman

The Amazing Spiderman
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Chris Zylka

One more time, we Asians get the taste of a hyped superhero movie before the Americanos. I reckon this to be some sort of a lab experiment. But who cares, we get to watch them first! Marc Webb had an unenviable task of creating the Spiderman brand afresh after the Sam Raimi trilogy ended a few years ago. There are changes in the original plot with an addition of a few characters, and the deletion of some.

Now, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) first love. Peter’s parents leave him with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) – what happens to them is a hidden story for him. Peter reaches high school and quite willingly steps up to the school bully Flash Thompson (Chris Zylka) never mind the beating, he gets his crush Gwen to dig him. Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) was Peter’s father’s associate and they had worked together on the Latent Decay algorithm that would eventually help them grow missing human parts. Peter’s transformation into the web-slinging, wall-climbing Spidey is somewhat a variation of the earlier versions that we’ve seen. Thereby providing that much needed ‘fresh’ lease of life.

We get to see a much emotionally evolving aspect of our indefatigable superhero, his longing for his lost parents and the draining romantic angle with Gwen inject a humane side to the teenage vigilante. Spiderman seeks help from ordinary human beings and even police – Gwen’s father, Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary). The young protagonist commits mistakes and goes learning on-the-job to protect the city from The Lizard’s menace. You don’t get the prolonged action battles at the climax or gruesome fight scenes to make the characters strong, instead, the natural loss of each character is highlighted to provide depth.

For this viewer, the action doesn’t cut in, nor the attempted establishment of each character makes a deep impact. Thus making the overall product unappealing and disconnected. The CGI, though limited, is visually enchanting in the form of Lizard’s skin and the realistic Spider webs. The background score is the stuff superhero films swing to. But the film, quite not much.

I, for one, would have liked to miss this conflicting rage of constantly growing and going nowhere fest. Spare it for the DVDs and the kids.

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5) 

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  1. May 9th, 2014

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