Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
Producers: Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach
Starring: Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Emma Stone (Zombieland), Rhys Ifans (The Boat That Rocked), Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 136 min
Plot: Peter Parker, a young student who lives in New York, is bitten by a genetically engineered spider, and develops spider-like powers. He quickly becomes the masked vigilante, Spider-Man. He soon realises that he must protect those who cannot protect themselves, whilst also attempting to uncover the mystery behind his parents’ disappearance.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is a reboot of the original Sam Rami trilogy, which ended in 2007. When it was announced that Sony were planning to remake the series, I immediately thought that it was too soon. It’s only been five years since the average ‘Spider-Man 3‘, and this is a risky move on Sonys’ part. This new outing could potentially confuse some audiences, and might cause a negative buzz around the film. But in my opinion, the film is extremely innovative and impressive.
Andrew Garfield is the perfect choice for Peter Parker, he is both geeky and kindhearted, whilst also being quite humble and innocent. He doesn’t whine too much like Tobey Macguire did in the original series, and doesn’t play the part as too self obsessed as he was before. Garfields’ performance in the film is pitch perfect, with one scene in particular being both astounding and heartbreaking. The way he portrays the underlying feeling of guilt also comes across clearly, with the death of one character towards the end, we see how conflicted he becomes. I was also severely impressed with the way that you an tell the suit was ‘home-made’, as we see Parker using his trainers as the soles of his feet, and ordering unitards off the internet to create the iconic image.
The plot itself is fairly solid, with Parker trying to find out where his parents disappeared to, and why. When we also see *Minor Spoiler* that Peter had a hand in the creating of ‘The Lizard’, we see that this adds to his ever growing feeling of guilt. I also liked the fact that Peter Parker became much more easy to relate to in this film, he can’t get to his locker because a couple is in the way, he finds it difficult to talk to the girl he likes, he doesn’t make the right choices. This makes him much more accessible as a character.
The action sequences within the film are brilliant, and there is some thrilling camerawork that comes from Spider-Man’s point of view. The fights with The Lizard are choreographed excellently, with one fight combining Stan Lee’s inevitable cameo as a librarian, which is quite funny. Rhys Ifan’s portrayal of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard is quite a desperate one, and he slips from calm and mild mannered, to psychopathic and menacing with ease.
There a few minor negatives about the film. Around three quarters of the way through, we seem to forget about the mystery of Peter’s parents, and whilst this certainly leaves a hole for the already confirmed sequel, it leaves the audience slightly disappointed. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, who played the part brilliantly, is not given enough screen time, but the chemistry between her and Garfield is cute and slightly comical in places. The final act seems a little rushed, but is not without suspense. The film is crafted well, and is great entertainment for audiences familiar with the character as well as those who are not.
Written By Eammon Jacobs