The Amazing Spider-Man

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The Amazing Spider-Man
By Wilson Morales

If you’re just waking up from a coma or coming back from outer space and have no knowledge of the Spider-Man franchise, then you will be in for a treat watching the latest film from Marvel, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ But if, you are an avid filmgoer who had seen the previous version and the sequels, then watching this latest reboot brings nothing new to the table. While Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone bring in some great chemistry to the roles, much of the script is a rehash of stuff the audience is well aware of. Only in Shakespeare land are you allowed to do the same story over and over again. With this version of Spider-Man, a lot of familiar territory leaves one bored and wanting more.

Starting off with a different origin, a young Peter Parker (Max Charles) is whisked off to live with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) when his father (Campbell Scott) senses evil nearby when his home is ransacked. Jim Parker just happens to be a reputable scientist whose specialty is studying arachnids. Confused as a child, Peter has no idea that his parents would never back.

Moving forward years later, a high school Peter is a gifted student, but a classic introvert. Although he looks cool always taking photos of folks, skateboarding around school and knows most of his classmates, he’s constantly bullied and ridiculed in front of others, His only defense comes from classmate Gwen Stacy, the object of his affections. He can never must the courage to speak to her in a normal way.

While cleaning up in the basement of his house, he comes across some of his father’s belongs and Ben tells him that his father used to work in a lab along with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). Connors now runs the biochemical facility at Oscorp Corporation. Seeking to get information on his parents, Peter is surprised to see that Gwen is Connor’s top research student and that Connors is lacking the use of one arm. Snooping around the building, Peter gets bitten by a genetically living spider and thus begins the famed transformation of his life.

At first confused of his newfound strength, Peter now embraces it and its advantages. He’s no longer bullied at school, demonstrates great agility, and becomes defiant on the homefront when he’s neglectful to pick up his Aunt at night. His confrontation with Uncle Ben leads to Peter’s seeking some air to grasp the consequences of his actions, which also includes Ben’s untimely and ultimate murder.

Seeking justice and using his powers, Peter dons on the spider uniform and becomes a hero to some while a vigilante to others, including Gwen’s policeman dad (Denis Leary). At the same time, as Spider-Man, Peter must stop Connors, whose ability to turn into a giant lizard, has cause havoc around town.

In general, with the exception of the Gwen Stacy addition, everything else we’ve seen before in the previous version. Tobey Maguire did a fantastic job in the original films, and while Andrew Garfield brings a sense of confidence to the character, unfortunately the writing failed to have him grow. Why some minute rehashing the origin of his spider bite when the audience is full aware of this. Spending minutes of Parker getting used to his powers is another “been there, done that” moment. As far as Ifans’ portrayal of Connors/ Lizard, the CGI fails him drastically. He looks like a reject from the Jurassic Park films. There’s also a moment when the script has him act in a Green Goblin that clearly reminds the audience of the previous films

Once again, if you want to see a new version, and watch the story of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, this will work for you, but if you, having seen the previous films, are better off waiting for Netflix than spending 3-D prices.


  1. I agree. The script was what made it inferior to the first movie. Did it bother anyone else that the character of Peter Parker was flawed in the remake? He stole the bottle of milk. He taunted and bullied Flash in the gym even though the stray basketball caused paint to spill onto the girl’s sign by mistake. He showed no remorse for his part in the death of Uncle Ben. He arrogantly taunted the police when they arrived on the scene of a car theft, “I just did 80% of your job!” He was very cavalier about reneging on his promise to Gwen’s dying father a mere two scenes later. I am sorry, but I want my superheroes to not steal, to not be bullies, to have a conscience, to be respectful of police, and to keep their promises.

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