The Amazing Spider-Man This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 12, 2012
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“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a superhero movie starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, directed by Marc Webb. The film is Parker's origin story of how he got his powers, and how the disappearance of his father and the death of his uncle affected him.

Garfield masterfully portrays Parker and Spider-Man. As Peter he is a shy, outcast-type kid, but when he is Spider-Man he acts immortal. He takes advantage of the mask and with it he has no consequences. When his uncle (played by Martin Sheen) is shot, you can really feel the emotion he experiences. When he is mourning his loss, you buy it, and I'll admit I got chills during that scene. In the Sam Reimi Spider-Man films, Toby Maguire just did his terrible crying face and then it cut to the next scene. This film fleshes it out a lot more.

Emma Stone's character, Gwen Stacy, is great. She actually does stuff besides getting captured by the bad dude. The romance between them is amazing and completely ­believable.

The villain, Dr. Connors, is one of the few questions in the film. I had no clue why he was doing what he was doing. They should have expanded his character and included scenes of him with his family. Another aspect that could have been handled better was Peter's parents. They should have been more present

The editing also bothered me. Scenes passed too quickly and at times I couldn't keep up with what was happening. But the first-person viewpoints were great.

Despite my critiques, I definitely recommend this movie. Some people might say that a re-boot was unnecessary, but I disagree. After “Spider-Man 3,” we needed a redo. And this fantastic movie is a lot of fun.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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dartangnon said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Great review! Having been a Spider-man comic book junkie, I was not impressed with the previous movies, so in my mind this film is not a reboot. I felt like there was something lacking previously in the emotions of Peter Parker and I’m faithful to my comics. I have seen Andrew Garfield in a couple films, but nothing took my breath away more so than his performance in Never Let Me Go. My friend and coworker from DISH also admirers the talents of Andrew Garfield, especially in this role. She... (more »)
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