When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Written by
Originally there was suppose to be two other villains with The Lizard in the film Proto-Goblin, and Big Wheel (both old comic book villains). But they were both cut (Big Wheel was just an idea before being cut) because the movie would have been too long, there would have been too many origins, and there would have been too many fight scenes. Irrfan Khan plays Dr. Rajit Ratha, the character who would have been the Proto-Goblin. See more »
When Peter first discovers his powers in the bathroom, the amount of toothpaste on the mirror changes between shots. See more »
When I heard The Amazing Spider-Man is on the works, my first thought was "why?". After all, it hadn't been that long since Raimi's trilogy, and apart from the last one they weren't bad.
Was this needed? Probably not. Which is funny, because it's still very, very good. I just watched it for the 2nd time on blu-ray and there's so much good in this film.
The casting is excellent. Andrew Garfield is not just a good actor, he's far better Peter Parker/Spider-Man than I would've thought. He nails it. I really was surprised by it. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is equally good. I love it, that for once, Peter's love interest isn't a useless, idiotic damsel in distress with some trivial occupational/emotional problems nobody cares about. For once there's a female counterpart who isn't just an idiot, but neither a forced, overly strong woman with bitchy character trying to portray some girl power fantasy. No. Gwen Stacy is smart, funny and naturally likable character. Which can also be said of Uncle Ben and Aunt May (Martin Sheen and Sally Field). Warm, good characters, and the dialogue is usually good and/or well delivered. For once, I'm happy that characters aren't a) stupid or b) repulsive. It's clear that with this reboot, Marc Webb not only wanted to tell the origin story again, but he wanted to do it right. Although basic aspects are the same as in previous trilogy, there are differences here and there.
I complimented the dialogue. I'll also compliment the pacing. Sometimes corners are cut a little short, and the character of Connors/Lizard could've used a little more character development, but the movie just rolls forward in a satisfying manner. We do not need more forced "Peter hiding his identity"-based tension, and I'm thrilled how it's handled in this movie. That's how I felt, I felt I wasn't forced to care about things I don't really care, especially in a reboot. The action looks wonderful and I do like the suit - and of course I like the fact that Spider-Man's web doesn't come from his body anymore.
As I said, some corners are cut short and of course there are some stupidities. For me, these are all forgivable. Webb's crew is serious about this character and the movie. There is a lot of love put into this film. It shows, it really does. I'm saying this even if I thought the main villain wasn't handled the way I liked. The overall quality is that strong.
I don't know which I like the most - The Amazing Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2. Both are great.
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