Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man
And it is good. Very good, really. Peter Parker, played this time by Andrew Garfield, is geekier and the manner in which he acquires his spidey-ness is actually a little more believable this time around. And, rather than making it a sub-plot, his relationship with a girl (this time, Gwen Stacey, played by Emma Stone) is front-and-center. It is from and through this budding romance that we experience Peter's transformation into a hero, and that makes the story more intimate and real.
This film certainly stands on its own. It is exciting and well-directed with a good score and some good humorous moments. And upcoming sequels should better cement its new look and new actors in the psyche of filmgoers and fans. So it's really just the timing that is to blame for the lackluster feel. Columbia Pictures doubtlessly would have preferred that Mr. Maguire and Kirsten Dunst return for a 4th installment, but they were determined to keep Marvel's most popular character in theaters no matter what.
Posted by Grant