Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

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.



  1. says

    I thought the first 3 were terrible! I’m glad Marvel has taken over their movies, and I’m guessing this one is more accurate! I felt like they re-made this too soon though too.

    • says

      I didn’t like the third movie. There was too much going on. But, I did like the first two. I don’t follow the comics, so I wasn’t mad at whether they followed the real story or not. I just liked the story I saw. But, I do like the backstory of this one better. I liked knowing a little more about his parents, even though we still don’t know much.

    • says

      I’m glad! I think I’m comparing too much. Or, maybe, it’s because Spider-Man has never been my favorite superhero. If it were an X-Men movie, it probably could’ve sucked and I’d still love it because it’s the X-Men. Same with Batman and Superman.

  2. Jenny says

    I haven’t seen it yet but, like you, I was shocked they were making another Spiderman movie so soon. And then I saw who the villain was. Now I’m excited. Bad effects or not I love Dr Conner. :)

    • says

      The effects for the lizard were actually great. But, for whatever reason, I just didn’t like the lizard, lol. Maybe, it’s because he’s a lizard. But, I did like Dr. Connors and I did like him as the bad guy. The lizard just bugged me, especially when Dr. Connors talked as the lizard. I think that’s what bugged me the most. I’m so weird when it comes to talking animals. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. I hope you like it, though! 😀

  3. says

    I was surprised they were remaking Spiderman, too. My favorite was the second one, and it seems like that came out less than 10 years ago.
    I’m glad you liked Andrew Garfield. I was worried he would be too angsty to play Spiderman. (But maybe that’s because I’m comparing him to Tobey Maguire, who just seems so likeable.) I love Emma Stone, though. Maybe I’ll give the movie a shot.

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