Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Notable Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
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. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with this first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers as 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-threatening choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Summary from Official Movie Site
I’m having a difficult time quantifying my feelings about this movie. I liked it, but I don’t know if I loved it. It’s really hard because I enjoyed at least the first two movies with Tobey McGuire and I didn’t think Spider-Man needed to be remade again so soon. I did end up liking the actors in The Amazing Spider-Man much better than the other three movies, and I even ended up liking the backstory better. But, I think I need to see the movie again to really decide how I feel.
Like I said, the actors were great. I loved Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. He did a great job as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. He only bugged me once in a really cheesy part of the movie. Emma Stone was a thousand times better as the leading lady than Kirsten Dunst, even though they play different characters.
The special effects were awesome. But, I didn’t like Dr. Connors’ alter-ego–not because he’s the bad guy, but because he looked too CGId. I liked the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Venom much better. I’m sure we’ll see at least the Green Goblin in this reboot of Spider-Man, but until then, the bad guy was only so-so (as the alter-ego anyway).
I loved the music, but James Horner is one of my favorite composers. I did miss Danny Elfman’s theme music from the first three. But, at least, I can listen to both. No need to choose between the two.
I look forward to seeing what they do with this reboot. And, I hope I like the reboot more as time goes on. Only time will tell.