“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and follows a teenaged Peter Parker as he tries to find out the truth as to why his parents left when he was a boy.
Along the way, the path he chooses puts him right on a collision course with Dr. Curtis Connors, aka The Lizard, who was his father’s former work partner.
The film was directed by Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”), written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, and stars Andrew Garfield as the famous costumed hero, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, and Irrfan Khan.
Now, I personally don’t read a lot of comic books, but the Spider-Man series was a big part of my childhood. I used to read the comics all the time when I was younger, so I know quite a bit about the origin of Spidey. That being said, I am very glad to say that Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” stayed very, very close to its origin.
Andrew Garfield is the best Peter Parker ever put on film without a doubt. He really felt like Peter Parker, and he really felt like Spider-Man when he was in the costume. He had the perfect balance of teenaged angst and heroism.
The rest of the cast was very good as well, especially Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard.
The special effects in this film were just amazing. The Lizard looked very realistic and New York City looked as good as it ever has.
I saw this movie in IMAX 3D, and it was awesome. The IMAX was definitely better than the 3D, but the 3D was still good in most scenes.
My favorite aspect of this movie for sure was how dark and gritty it was. It really helped to ground this film in reality and added that much more to it.
I honestly loved this movie — way more than any of the other Spider-Man films. This is, in all honesty, one of my favorite superhero movies of all time now.
Overall, I give “The Amazing Spider-Man” a 4.5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.