Second Time Is Also A Charm for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Amazing Spider-Man" (PG-13) is on the rise to become a mega-hit blockbuster. Read my film review, and find out why it is worthwhile to be bitten twice by this arachnid Superhero. Beau Behan


In the realm of Comics Superheroes, reboots or re-adaptations should not resonate as a shock.  It is not a secret that Superman and Incredible Hulk have been re-invented as kindred spirits in the cinematic sense. Moreover, Hollywood knows that we need to quench our thirst; that we have unbridled pangs of curiosity; and that we have endless cravings for more superhero movies. For these reasons, I do not see it as a nuisance for The Amazing Spider-Man to be in a reborn.

In 2002, when the original Spiderman was released, Director Sam Raimi (Darkman), captured and parlayed successfully the personification of Peter Parker. On the contrary, this time around, for the 2012 release, Director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), has aimed to revere the emotional ebbs and flows of a child who has lost his parents. It is not just a matter of how the 16-year old has acquired the arachnid powers.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield  of The Social Network), is in shock and bewildered about the disappearance of his parents one evening, and now ends up being under the custody of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). The screenplay really magnifies Parker’s yearnings for his biological parents, despite the presence of very loving adoptive parents. His character is also immersed in the flirtatious pursuit of his teen-age crush, Gwen Stacy (Golden Globe Nominee Emma Stone (Easy  A)).

Consumed by his incessant need to find out about what happened to his parents, Parker discovers the link between his father and Dr. Curt Connors, a geneticist, (Rhys Ifans of Five Year Engagement). As he pokes around Connors’ lab, he is accidentally bitten by a genetically engineered spider. Soon enough, he realizes that he now has this spider strength and powers to fight the malevolence in New York City.  His devotion is unfettered, and the plot now thickens.

The Amazing Spider-Man is definitely worth the jaunt to your nearby theatres. Expect the unexpected for a truly pleasurable movie experience!

I give it a B+ rating.

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Beau Behan July 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hi ElectraDaddy, Thanks for taking the time to write your comment. I appreciate it. Often times, when we speak or think of Superheroes, all we can conjure up is their strenght and powers. I definitely am pleased that the Director has taken a different angle and has focused on the emotional side of the main protagonist. --Beau
Regular Guy July 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM
With Charie Sheen as an uncle, turning into SpiderMan is probably a best case outcome!
Beau Behan July 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
@RegularGuy, Thanks for your input. I think you actually have "Two and a Half Men" with Charlie, Spiderman and Peter Parker. The question, however, is that who is the half-man amongst these three? I bet many will come up with the same answer.- Beau
TheMovieEnthusiast July 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM
You described it well, great review!
Michelle Kollathe August 27, 2012 at 08:41 AM
The first movie really introduced movie-goers to a good Spider-man movie. It sort of opened the floodgates to the mainstream appeal of comic books, and it was one of the first highly successful comic book movies. The amazing spider-man to me, did nothing much amazing. - http://www.hwdyk.com/


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