Directed by Marc Webb
2 hr. 17 min
reviewed by Lily Williams
Finally, another Spider-man movie. Because no one could wait more than ten years for the reboot. At least Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker) is this film's saving grace. After being mysteriously abandoned by his parents at a young age, Parker is raised by his aunt and uncle. As he grows older, he begins asking more questions about his parents, finally resorting to Bing to find answers. (Oh, and may I just say - who uses Bing?) He sets out to find his father's former partner, Dr. Curt Connors, at science giant Oscorp. After being bitten by a radioactive spider there and accidentally creating a serum that turns Connors into a super-villain known as 'The Lizard,' he must save New York City while keeping his relationship alive with Gwen Stacy, an Oscorp intern played by Emma Stone.
Confession time: this was the first superhero movie I've ever seen. I know, I know. Please don't judge me. I know as a teen girl that I should be watching superhero movies everyday. And even though I have no experience with this genre, I really enjoyed this movie. Not just because Andrew Garfield was in it, either.
The CGI was breathtaking, though at times not the smoothest. Almost every fight scene had some comic relief, proving the movie is witty and not just action-packed. Stone and Garfield aren't the only shining stars in this movie - Denis Leary plays Gwen Stacy's father, and Martin Sheen plays Peter Parker's Uncle Ben. My largest complaint for this movie would have to be the fact that too many unnecessary details were added. At times, it would drag down the story and make big moments less meaningful and small details seem important. It was hard to follow when so many meaningless ideas were being presented.
It comes as no surprise that this movie has violent scenes, blood and gore, and onscreen shootings that are not for the faint of heart. Swearing is infrequent, but there is some implied cursing. Keep the younger kids at home - the little boy sitting next to me at the theater was spooked more often than not. But if an action-packed joyride of a film is what you're looking for, take a swing!
The Amazing Spider-man is rated PG-13.