The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Directed by: Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

Well, I waited long enough to do this review that it’s no longer really relevant or being talked about! As always, I have impeccable timing (and my hair is perfect, but that’s not all that relevant either).

The Amazing Spider-Man is a story about a teenager named Peter Parker who gets bitten by a genetically engineered spider and gains spider-like powers. Oh, you already knew that, you say? You already know basically everything that happens in the first half of this movie because Spidey’s origin story was recently made into a major movie, you say?? WELL, YOU WRITE THE REVIEW THEN, SMARTASS!! After Pete gains spider powers, he ends up falling in love with a girl named Gwen Stacy and gets attacked by his father’s old colleague who, in an attempt to regrow his severed arm, has turned into a giant lizard monster that wants to turn everyone else into lizard monsters as well.

Yeah, they kinda pointlessly retold the origin story of Spider-Man and, because of that they didn’t have enough time to really develop a more interesting villain than the Lizard. Though, to give him credit, Rhys Ifans plays the role well and actually infuses some interesting aspects into the character that I didn’t expect. And that’s indicative of the whole film; it’s a mediocre story, but the casting is perfect. The relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy is cute and very believable as a high school romance. Also, the action is way better than in the Raimi movies and they play up Spidey’s sense of humor. So yeah, it was a pretty good movie. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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