The Amazing Spider-Man, shot in 3D and directed by Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer), is an edgy, emotional, action pack, and at times boring movie. Yes I did use the 'b' word.
In this version, which is definitely an improvement over all the 'Spider-Man' films, we meet Peter Parker (Max Charles) as a young boy. His renowned scientist father (Campbell Scott) and his mother fear that they're family is in danger and they decide to leave Peter in the care of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field).
We flash forward years later...Peter (Andrew Garfield) is now a skateboarder/science nerd/photographer suffering from major teen anxiety.
Parker is an outcast in school, constantly getting picked on by the jocks. But you can't feel sorry for the lad too much. Especially after one of his classmates, the beautiful Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) befriends him.
For those unfamiliar with the story (if that's even remotely possible) one day, while snooping through his dad's old briefcase, Peter finds one of his father's old research papers. That sends him to the lab of his father's former partner Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). Dr. Connors is tormented by the fact that he has only an arm and a half and has spent most of his adult life looking for a way to restore body parts. Can't really blame him, can you?
At the lab, Peter gets bitten by a genetically altered spider and well... the rest is history.
Watching Peter getting use to his powers is actually one of the more entertaining aspects of the film. That is, until he meets his nemesis... Not wanting to spoil anything, I'll just call him… A VERY BIG ANGRY GREEN LIZARD MAN.
Unfortunately, the action doesn't come until the last 40 minutes of the film and watching Peter's awkwardness with Gwen, becomes grating after a while.
But having said that, if you are a fan of this genre, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is definitely a 'must see' for you.
The special effects are great and I liked Andrew Garfield quite a lot as the high flying/jumping/crime fighting/flawed super hero.
It's for that reason I gave 'The Amazing Spider-Man', which opens in theatres, Tuesday, July 3rd 2012, 4 bagels out of 5.
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