The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.

Starring:
Sally Field
Runtime:
2 hours 16 minutes

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The Amazing Spider-Man

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Marc Webb
Starring Sally Field
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kilrymont on 6 Aug 2013
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I'm old enough to have been very familiar with the original Marvel comics, which were marketed in direct competition to the DC comics' hero comicbooks Detective Stories (Batman, Bob Kane, and Superman, Jerry Siegel) and the Marvel comics were always darker, more realistic, and with heaps of angst and deeper characterisation that the DC comics stuff always lacked.

The Marvel stuff was for older kids, maybe. Peter Parker/Spiderman's original stories went from completely goofy (Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, please don't resurrect Kraven, Stan?) to the clever (Lizard, DocOck, etc.) but the stories gave lots of "screentime" to the JJJameson routine much as portrayed in the MacGuire versions. The girlfriend side of things was different entirely, with Betty Brant (JJ's secretary) being the on/off romance line. And Aunt May's influence was always present, (even if Steve Ditko drew her as one step away from being the old lady in the Bates Motel cellar) but this film gives Sally Field almost no part at all, lousy lines, and an equally lousy hairdresser - she always looks like she's needing a good shampooing.

This film takes some and leaves some of the old stuff. The Flash Thompson thing is more or less as-was, but Mary Jane's omitted and a huge plot shift is introduced by Spiderman voluntarily revealing his ID to the love interest, Gwen.

It's always been pretty odd how a schoolkid could develop ultimate fighting ability just from a spider bite - where did all the martial arts awareness come from? Spiders are, after all, mostly found sitting around in webs munching flies the webs caught.

But the imagery is effective and some disbelief has to be suspended for the purpose of accessing the entertainment value in a movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 3 July 2013
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There's really nothing much new about this re-imagining of Spider-Man; unlike other comic characters such as Batman or Dredd for example, where the story and atmospheres can be very different with new interpretations.

This take on the Spider-Man story does however make better use of stunts and effects (batter so than even the previous CGI-heavy versions) to reproduce much more convincing Spider-Man poses familiar from the original comics. Andrew Garfield also made for a good protagonist, with his strange spider-like smile.

I did find it somewhat slow though, it didn't grip me despite all the swinging about, and the lizard man was more of a B-movie parody (cf Earth Versus The Spider) than an appropriate nemesis for the modern incarnation of Spiderman. (I've nothing against B-movies, but here it didn't seem to work).

So in summary a slow but watchable Spiderman film - and I'd have probably dropped the "Amazing" bit.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I. Sato on 22 Nov 2013
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I was a big fan of the original Spider-Man movie trilogy (yes, even the lame 3rd movie) so I was skeptical about whether I'd enjoy it (constantly telling myself that it was too soon for a reboot) but man, does Andrew Garfield deliver.

It's certainly a different take on the young Peter Parker, though he is back with his original girlfriend (from the comics) Gwen Stacey he is also qwirky instead of nerdy - all in all this makes him more relatable than the original Peter Parker and the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield is great.

Watch it, it's good fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
The Amazing Spider-Man.
Audio Description: English.
Region: 2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1.
Directed by Marc Webb
Produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves.
Story by James Vanderbilt.
Based on The Amazing Spider-Man.
by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko.
Starring.
Andrew Garfield.
Emma Stone.
Rhys Ifans.
Denis Leary.
Irrfan Khan.
Martin Sheen.
Sally Field.
Music by James Horner.
Running time 136 minutes.
Language English.
Budget $230 million.
Box office $757,930,663.

Positive.
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-man whom really taps into the character & tone to perfection.
Gritty rebooting with huge set pieces & scale.

Negative.
I'd have liked some longer fight scenes between the Lizard & Spidey as there wasn't to much confrontion between the two characters.
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DVD Special Features.
• Deleted Scenes
• Filmmaker Audio Commentary with Marc Webb, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
• Stunt Rehearsals
• The Oscorp Archives – Production Art Gallery

Plot synopsis.
A young Peter Parker discovers his father Richard Parker's study has been burgled, gathering up hidden documents, Peter's parents take him to the home of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, then mysteriously depart.

Years later, a teenaged Peter attends Midtown Science High School, where he is bullied by Flash Thompson and has caught the eye of the beautiful Gwen Stacy, At home, Peter finds his father's papers and learns he worked with fellow scientist Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp.
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