Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted by: on Jul 16, 2012 | No Comments

After watching the ‘final’ Spider-Man movie back in 2007, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one thinking that would be the last time we’d see Spider-Man on the big screen, so it’s no wonder that The Amazing Spider-Man has left people wondering if there was any need for another film and what makes this one so amazing?

The title, The Amazing Spider-Man, initially left me expecting to see a huge differince in the abilities and story-line from the original Spider-Man. I was disappointed to find that other than the addition of certain characters, such as Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) the film remained more or less exactly the same as the original.

In some ways this benefits it as the story is so familiar, so it’s easy to appreciate the special effects and certain classic scenes. Andrew Garfield played Peter Parker well, adding a slightly sarcastic but sweet charm. Since the spider bite is shown in slightly more detail, it makes the powers more plausible. It has a more glossy and updated premises and it’s nice to see a funnier side to Peter using his ‘spidey’  powers, with the villains and Gwen.

The film does feel a bit rushed, almost as if the director was trying to cover the basics and then add his own touch, so there is a lot going on. On the plus side, everything that took the original Spider-Man franchise, three films to show, pretty much happens in this one movie. Another benefit is that it is nowhere near as dark as the originals, and has a feel-good, light-hearted element to it, particularly with the romance and although I was disappointed not to see the infamous Spider-Man and Mary Jane kissing scene there is a lovely subtle version to replace it.

Overall the Amazing Spider-Man feels more like it would have been better titled; The Alternative Spider-Man. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it amazing and as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”