Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man
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Our web-slinging hero is back on the big screens as The Amazing Spider-Man hits the cinemas across the country. With more web than Google, Peter Parker returns in one of the summer blockbusters of 2012.

With a new director (Marc Webb) and a new cast, The Amazing Spider-Man is sure to please the superhero movie fans. Let me just clarify that this is not Spider-Man 4, as it is in no way connected to the Sam Raimi Spider-Man franchise, but it is a new lease of life for Spider-Man.

Cast/Characters

Swinging into action is Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man. The love interest is provided by Emma Stone who stars as Gwen Stacy and we couldn’t have a Spider-Man film without a baddie, Dr. Curt Connors/ The Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans. Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan and Chris Zylka also star.

Plot

The movie starts with Peter Parkers parents dropping Peter off at his Aunt May and Uncle Ben’s house after having their house burgled, and soon mysteriously disappearing.

Now a high school student and a science fanatic, Peter Parker sneaks into OSCORP having learnt that his father worked with scientist Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp. Arousing suspicion from Dr. Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Khan), Peter enters a laboratory and while investigating is bitten by genetically modified spider.

Soon after, he discovers that he has spider like abilities, and powers way beyond those of human capabilities.

Scene from The Amazing Spider-Man
Image courtesy of IGN

At Oscorp, Dr. Connors is at pressure to find a cure for the dying, at which point Peter Parker gives him the missing piece to his long standing equation on his experiments on cell re-growth.

Testing the formula on himself, Dr. Connors finds it to be a success as he finds that his arm has regenerated, but this comes at a heavy price, in the guise of The Lizard, his alter-ego.

With his new-found strength and intelligence, The Lizard intends to turn humans into lizard like creatures by releasing an airborne chemical.

Spider-Man will need all his strength and wit if he is to outsmart The Lizard, to save both mankind and the love of his life, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

 

Verdict

Was the movie amazing? No.

Did I really want another re-telling of the Spider-Man character once again? No.

I really couldn’t see why we needed another movie to tell us the Peter Parker/ Spider-Man story when most of us already knew how he became who he is. We already know that “With great power comes great responsibility”, so does it need to be thrown in all the time, I think not.

The Amazing Spider-Man unfortunately felt too much like a teen drama with a super-hero theme in the backdrop rather than being the all out action film it should have been. The movie did great in advertising the POV style visuals while Spider-Man was swinging building to building but I felt it needed more action.

Also, I couldn’t feel any connection to any of the characters, be it Peter/ Gwen or even Dr. Connors. I mean why is Dr. Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Khan) was even in it when he brought absolutely nothing to the movie at all.

Overall I’d say it has been a big letdown, but the Box Office obviously show that is has its appeal, which no doubt means we should see a sequel in a few years.

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