Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-man

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

Director: Marc Webb

Swinging back into the screens is the reboot of Marvel comic’s friendly neighbourhood superhero; a mere five years after the release of the last movie in the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. With a new cast and crew, The Amazing Spider-man gives satisfying results.

Directed by Marc Webb (known for 500 Days of Summer), it’s not a surprise to see a certain emotional depth along with a hint of comedy in this darker depiction of our beloved superhero. Despite covering the same basis as seen in the earlier movie, The Amazing Spider-man works. In this action flick, it’s refreshing to see Andrew Garfield play a convincing role of Peter Parker along with the charming Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the first love of Parker. With doses of comic book romance, the scenes between Garfield and Emma seem more realistic and are fun to watch.

The screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves along with Marc Webb’s direction gives a new life to Stan Lee’s character. The movie opens with a flashback where young Peter Parker (Max Charles) is unexpectedly left under the care of Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). The story then takes a leap forward where you meet the awkward and nerdy 17 year old Peter, driven by his passion for science and photography, with the skateboard as his friend and who has eyes for his classmate, Gwen Stacy. After a sudden discovery, Peter sets out to resolve the mystery behind his parent’s abrupt disappearance leading the story forward where viewers learn about Oscorp and Dr. Curt Connors. The curiosity built by his parent’s disappearance from his life turns out to have a direct connection with Peter turning into  Spider-man. With his new abilities, Webb’s version of Parker has more fun with his discovery before turning into a vigilante that the city of New York hesitantly accepts.

Following the introduction of the rogue, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) who transforms into The Lizard and embarks on a journey creating havoc in the city, the story follows a sure-fire theme of Good vs. Evil with thrilling action sequences consisting of fights and chases across New York. Swinging back and forth the beautiful skyline of the city, our masked webslinger starts by avenging the predictable death of Uncle Ben and later rescues the residents of New York from the sinful plans of The Lizard.

The background score from James Horner is notable along with some gorgeous scenes from cinematographer, John Schwartzman who has shot scenes with certain fluidity. What the movie could have done without is the added 3D effects. The script doesn’t demand the need for it. With tongue-in-cheek humour, a slightly stronger romantic side to a comic hero coupled with action, The Amazing Spider-man deserves a watch.

P.S – Don’t forget to catch the scene after the credits.

- Esha Chanda

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