Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman

By Jack Brady

The Amazing Spiderman isn’t quite amazing.

Quite frankly, it is a redundant reboot of the Spiderman franchise.

Half the movie rehashes on the origins of Spiderman: an origin that most fans would already know from the Toby McGuire films.

However, whilst the origin story may seem distinctively similar to the previous Spiderman’s, director Marc Webbhas moved away from the Peter Parker formula. It seems that Webb has ignored previous reincarnations of Peter Parker (through comics, TV and movies alike) that depict him as an out and out nerd.

In the Amazing Spiderman, Andrew Garfield plays a skateboard carrying Peter Parker, who appears to be relatively unknown by most at his high school, an awkward social outcast as such who shy’s away from the public eye and creepily lurks in the shadows taking photographs of his love interest in the film, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone).

I’m still undecided as to whether it worked for me.

Sure, it was a good movie with great action scenes and brilliant visual effects but plot-wise, it just didn’t seem to gel.

Parker, in the Amazing Spiderman, is raised by his Uncle Ben (played by Martin Sheen) and Aunty May (played by Sally Field), after his parents go missing when he was a young boy.

During the course of the film Peter discovers his father’s briefcase which leads him directly to Oscorp and the lab his father’s partner, Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner.

Eventually, as if two streams of different storyline get smashed together, each of Connors and Parker’s different stories climax simultaneously as Spiderman and Connor’s villainous form, The Lizard, clash in brilliant action scenes.

Whilst it may’ve been a well selected cast, I still found it too soon for a Spiderman reboot albeit one with a plot that was well-plotted and very predictable.


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