Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

Getting a little behind on my movies list, so please do forgive me for this sudden onslaught of posts...

Marc Webb's take on the unbelievably limber comic hero Spider-man is a far more thrilling adventure than any reboot has a right to be. Led by Andrew Garfield's angsty, sarcastic, and (forgive the term, but for lack of a better word) swaggerific Peter Parker, this web-slinging, building-swinging roller coaster ride delivers where the original trilogy failed to go. His combination of youthful (in)exuberance and wry humor creates this illusion of teenage rebellion that puts the cherry on top of this delicious action-packed sundae. And as lady luck would have it, Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy makes for a far better female lead than Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane. The awkward yet charming chemistry between the two makes for a surprisingly sweet addition to the otherwise darker remake.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. 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 (Ifans), 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.