Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)! The Untold Story We’ve Already Been Told!

By July 7, 2012

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can! In case you missed the first Spider-Man film that came out way back when…oh that’s right, it’s only been ten years since Spider-Man came out. Even so, here we are with The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the franchise. It’s a whole new batch of faces for this outing, with Brit Andrew Garfield rocking the Spidey suit, Emma Stone as blonde genius Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard.

The story begins with Peter Parker back in high school. He gets bullied, gets bitten by a radioactive spider, develops superpowers, and suffers a great loss. Yeah. We know. Everyone in the world knows this story whether they read comics/watch movies or not. What’s surprising, though, is that even though the beginning of The Amazing Spider-Man was boring since it was retelling an overtold story, I liked it more than the original starring Tobey Maguire. Garfield is a great Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy is a far stronger character than Mary Jane = and who doesn’t love Emma Stone!?!) Gwen wasn’t ever a hostage and even helped solve a few problems for Spider-Man. Gwen and Peter’s relationship was nerd boners. The two science buffs have real chemistry, and there was just enough awkwardness between them to be adorable and fun. Plus, it’s nice to see that both are super smart and science nerds.

The film sticks to the standard “three superhero vs. supervillain fights” that many superhero flicks employ. What that means to an Action Chick is that there wasn’t very much action at all. Three big brawls and it’s done? Boo. So, the film’s action is great and Spidey fights with the grace of a gold-medal gymnast, but don’t expect an action packed superhero film, this one’s focused on the story.

I look forward to a sequel where we can skip the “how I got my powers” stuff and get right to the good, new stuff. The Amazing Spider-Man was a strong film, managing to bring enough new aspects to a not new story to keep it interesting and mostly fresh.

Action Rating: 2 Spider-Man, Spider-Mans, out of 5!

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Original source: GeekNation.

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Katrina Hill is, first and foremost, a lover of all things action. She's been in love with the action genre since a young age, taking influence from action stars both new and old, from Stallone and Schwarzeneggar to Statham, and even independent action stars such as Tony Jaa. Katrina Hill has quickly become known as the go to source for action movie news, reviews, and interviews.