“The Amazing Spider-Man”- Movie Review by Ben Lane

It has been only 5 years since the release of the mess of a movie called “Spider-Man 3,” and when I heard there was a reboot in the making, it was both a good thing, and a bad thing. I initially thought, “already?” But then I heard about the cast and crew chosen to take on the project, and began to be excited about the film. I saw the film a few weeks ago, on opening day actually, but I am just now writing the review.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a retold origin story of the Marvel character Spider-Man. Everyone knows the story, so there’s no point in me explaining it. Personally, I enjoyed the original “Spider-Man” movie with Tobey Maguire, and I absolutely loved “Spider-Man 2,” but I hated “Spider-Man 3” with a passion. It is a little difficult to go into this film and not compare it to the original trilogy, but I tried as hard as I could, and doing so I can say that this is one of the best comic book films ever made.

Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), 29, takes on the character of Peter Parker, and he rocks the role, being completely convincing as a teenager. His emotions are relevant, and the connection he has with other characters is relevant as well. Emma Stone (Zombieland, Easy A) takes on the role of Gwen Stacey, and does so with heart, creating a very good character and love interest for Spider-Man. The supporting cast is great, including Dennis Leary as Captain Stacey, Rhys Ifan as Dr. Conners, and my two favorites, Sally Fields (Forrest Gump) and Martin Sheen (The Departed) as Aunt May and Uncle Ben.

The backstory given to the characters is a fresh take and the emotional content is handled very well by director Marc Webb (500 Day of Summer). Also, the camera work is very well done, and the lighting is absolutely gorgeous.

I do have a few problems with the film. The first being, there are few scenes where Peter Parker does things with his powers in front of people that are really unbelieveable, and make the movie feel silly at times. The other problem is, the music sometimes didn’t fit the setting. I felt the score was great, but where they put the music in the film felt a little weak.

Other than that, I think this is a very good Spider-Man adaptation, and one of the most enjoyable out there. Definately check this film out.

Grade: A-

Run time: 136 minutes

Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence

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