THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)

 

Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans
Rating: 12A

I can honestly say that throughout all the comic book themed films, I have never been particularly excited about Spider Man and hearing that they were doing a reboot, my opinion didn’t change.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is on the path to find what happened to his parents after he finds a clue to their whereabouts. These clues eventually lead him to Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and his laboratory where Parker inevitably gets bitten by a spider. After becoming Spider Man he carries on looking for more information about his parents and battling the new creature that is wreaking havoc, with his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) by his side.

Although I’m not huge fan of Spider Man and the concept around him, I’ve always watched the movies. I must admit I did quite enjoy the previous trio of Spider Man films directed by Sam Raimi with Peter Parker played by Tobey Maguire. There were obviously issues with these films, as they weren’t as true to the comics as they could’ve been. Therefore I wanted to see this reboot in order to see if they would veer away even more from the comics or indulge into them.

I was impressed that Marc Webb (500 Days Of Summer) had managed to make this film a lot more like the comics than Raimi had achieved. Personally this instantly made this film better than the previous trio as I prefer stories to stay to their original plot line.

Andrew Garfield also proved himself in this film (to me anyway!) as he managed to get the right characteristics of both Peter Parker and Spider Man. Parker being the shy and geeky college boy and Spider Man being the cool and cocky superhero. Tobey Maguire didn’t capture the two personalities quite as well as Garfield did.

Even though I wasn’t ecstatic about watching this film, I was pleasantly surprised. If you liked the previous Spider Man films, then you’ll absolutely love this one! If you’re a complete comic nerd, then you’ll like this, but I think you’ll still pick out some faults!

Verdict: 3 out of 5

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