Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Amazing Spider Man
It's about time someone made a Spider Man movie, there have only been 4 of them in the last ten years! I guess this most recent movie is technically a reboot with a different cast and storyline, so it makes it a little more interesting than just making another sequel.
I really liked Andrew Garfield as Spider Man. He was quiet and unassuming and I thought he was a fresh alternative to Toby McGuire. I also enjoyed Emma Stone much more as Gwen Stacy than I did Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane.
Despite this movie being a re-boot, you still get the basic story of Peter Parker living with his aunt and uncle, getting super powers, and then acting as a vigilante as he protects the citizens from criminals. You also get the customary Stan Lee cameo appearance.
I liked this version, but I still struggled with a couple details like his endless supply of mechanical spider webbing and the convenience of having a teenage girlfriend who happens to have a part time job with high security access to Oscorp. I also felt the villain was kind of lame. I liked Curt Conner's character, but his turning into a giant lizard didn't do much for me.
The cast was good and also featured Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. I think Garfield is a good actor and brought some emotion to the role of Peter Parker that I haven't seen before. Despite some minor hangups, I still give The Amazing Spider Man 7.7 stars. Now I just wish we could get someone to finally make an Iron Man movie.