The Amazing Spider-man

The other day I watched The Amazing Spider-man. I had seen it in theatres, and loved it, but had forgotten just how splendid it was. It’s so splendid, in fact, that I decided I’ll review on this here blog.

So. Reviewing. Right.

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The Amazing Spider-man is a 2012 Marvel movie. It follows the the life of Peter Parker, who is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes…Spider-man. The rest of the story focuses on Spider-man’s conflict with the Lizard, also known as Dr. Curt Connors. As always, I don’t feel like getting into the specifics of the plot, so here is the link to the Wikipedia plot summary (There are a good many spoilers in this plot description. Ye have been warned.)

Onto the actors!

Amazing Spiderman 2Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker/Spider-man. There are some things you ought to know about Mr. Garfield: 1) He is an excellent actor. 2) He is extremely handsome. 3) He is British. I think you get the point. Anyways, there are just so many things to like about his portrayal of Peter. Garfield perfectly captures the “awkward teenager-ness” of Peter, yet doesn’t make him look dumb. His performance is spectacularly multifaceted. He gives Peter a sarcastic side, an endearing side, and an awesome superhero side. Also, he pulled off a killer American accent for the role. Pretty much, my review of Garfield’s acting is as such: YES YES YES.

Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy. Ten gold stars. Stone makes Gwen smart, empowered. I don’t think she’s there just to be a romantic interest. She has a purpose. Near the end of the movie, Gwen does something that pretty much saves the city. She doesn’t go hide in a hole. Stone made Gwen intelligent, yet a little quirky. In doing so, she endeared Gwen to the audience. YES YES YES.

Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Connors, the central villain. Instead of just playing the absolutely-evil side of the character, Ifans gave Connors a spectacular character arc. He goes from a well-meaning scientist to a maniac intent of ridding the world of all imperfection. Also, he is British. ‘Nuff said. Ifans gave Connors a soul–and in doing so, he made what could have been a one-dimensional, plain evil character into an immensely complex person that the audience is actually interested in. Yes. Yes. Yes.

The other actors (Denis Leary as Capt. George Stacy, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, and Sally Fields as May Parker, in particular) all did wonderful jobs. YES YES YESSSSSS!

The cinematography was beautiful. I saw the movie in 3D, and I can easily say this is one of the only movies that merits from being made in 3D. The whole nature of Spider-man’s Amazing Spiderman 3stunts: swooping, almost graceful dives and climbs were perfectly captured, and the 3D enhanced the film, making it seem like you really were there.

The score by James Horner was…interesting. In some scenes, such as when Peter sneaks into a room filled with bio-cable-weaving-spiders, it was just sort of weird (Weird as in random drums and no real point). But in the action scenes, the music was fast and, well, action-y. Also, the musical themes of the movie were good. The superhero theme was, well, superhero-y. (Not to mention sort of catchy.) And the more romantic theme was, well…romantic. (And very nice.) My rating of the score is 3.75 stars.

I just really enjoyed the movie. Not just the actors, not just the cinematography, not just the action scenes. The thing is, Spider-man, of all the superheroes, is the most relate-able (this is just my opinion, feel free to disagree with it, but it’s still my opinion). He’s a high school student. Sure, he has pretty epic powers and takes out bad guys every other day, but he still has to turn in assignments on time, avoid getting detention, and get organic eggs for his aunt on his way home. Aside from his spider-powers, he’s just an ordinary guy, who has problems like everyone else. While I love Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow just like everybody else, Spider-man is the most human of them all. And that’s not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.

So, now, my rating of The Amazing Spider-man: 5 gold stars! WOOHOO!

Well, now that that’s over…see you when I see you!


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