Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hollywood never tires of superhero movie scripts. And neither do the audience. A superhero movie is somewhat of an escape from the standard movies, wouldn't you agree? You witness a normal person  being infused with super human strength; you experience his outrage or confusion at his new found powers, the pain on being an outcast and his journey towards being a hero among other things.

The Amazing Spider is a combination of that and more. It’s a well scripted reboot of Sam Raimi’s previous installments of the webbed super hero. And what a refreshing reboot it is. The movie takes you through an introspective journey of the origins of Spiderman.  

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) is an introvert high school kid that gets bullied, is excellent at academics and has developed a liking for fellow student Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone, Friends with Benefits). He lives with his aunt May (Sally Field, Legally Blonde 2) and uncle Ben (Martin Sheen, The Departed) after his parents ‘abandoned’ him.  Parker soon discovers his father worked with a scientist Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans, The Five Year Engagement) on cell and tissue regeneration with the help of a cross-species based serum that regenerates missing limbs without the aid of surgery or prosthetics.  Soon enough, Parker gets bitten by an altered spider and hence begins his adventures as Spiderman including battling the now mentally unstable Dr. Connors aka The Lizard. 

 The movie takes you through an exciting and organized excursion into the life of Parker- from his relationship with his uncle and aunt, his aloof behavior when he’s talking to Gwen (because he’s shy and nervous around her initially), his interest in helping Dr. Connors which he later regrets, to his journey of donning that well known red suit. The director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and scriptwriters James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves have ensured there’s a smooth flow when it comes to the process of story-telling.  Each scene seamlessly ties in with the subsequent scene not to mention the lightning bolts of comedy the characters especially that of Parker’s deliver.  The movie is a more of an intimate perspective as opposed to several action scenes that would appear at short intervals in any superhero movie.  After all, Webb and his team have carefully crafted a movie that delves deep into the roots of why Parker is what he is and where he plans to go from that pedestal of crime-fighting. Some parts of the movie however, were a bit too slow- it felt like the movie kept telling the story in slow-mo.  

 Andrew Garfield as the protagonist is loveable and a lot of people can relate to Parker’s demeanor. Even with his superpowers, his self-esteem doesn’t change completely. The mask of Spiderman (and costume) is what gives Parker that psychological boost in terms of confidence as depicted in one of the scenes where he saves a kid from falling to his death.  Emma Stone captured Gwen Stacy well enough and so did Sally Field as the concerned aunt May. Martin Sheen’s uncle Ben was a delight to watch albeit short lived. 
As it is with every Marvel Comics’s superhero movie adaptation, the evergreen Stan Lee makes a special appearance at an unexpected moment. It immediately caught my attention and made me feel like a 7 year old because I pointed at the screen and went, “Isn’t that Stan Lee? That’s STAN LEE! Oh my God, Stan Lee!” . Of course, the people around me didn’t share my excitement (that’s because I’m a comic geek and always wait for Stan Lee's crazy appearance in such movies).  The other bonus is the scene in between of the credits that screams for a sequel so don’t’ forget to watch that!

All in all, The Amazing Spiderman is quite amazing and entertaining. I liked this version better than the previous installments. 

The movie releases July 5th across Dubai/ UAE.

Rating: 3.5/5  

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