The Amazing Spider-Man is exactly what it says on the tin – amazing. From the tight plot (the nearly two and a half hours fly by) to the chemistry of the two leads, this movie is almost a textbook example of how to do great blockbusters, so it’s not surprising it’s doing really well at the box office.
Peter Parker (very strong Andrew Garfield) loses his parents abruptly, left to live with his aunt (Sally Field, beautiful) and uncle (Martin Sheen, big-hearted), forever questioning his origins and why he was abandoned.
High school sucks for him because handsome hulky types beat him up and scoop up the most brainy and beautiful chicks like Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) from under his nose. Because he is curious about the papers discovered in his late father’s suitcase, he ends up at the office of disturbed one-armed Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner, who is trying to overcome his disability by endangering the rest of humanity.
The outcome of his experiments is a cross between Godzilla and Hulk running around NYC. The police are typically useless and blame some of the mayhem on Spider-Man, with Gwen’s Daddy Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) being the lead critic of the spandex-donning vigilante as seen in the trailer. But that’s as much as I will spoil it for you.
The Amazing Spider-Man is an origin story, a reboot of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002), and like all origin stories it is intriguing and fun to watch. Some critics have argued that it may be a cop-out, as the beginnings of stories are always easier to write and film (it’s the continuous interest of the public that is difficult to sustain in a film franchise, unlike TV for which successful examples abound, The Walking Dead among them). But I don’t think it’s only the ‘birth of the hero’ shebang that makes The Amazing Spider-Man so watchable and so fulfilling.
Just like many other superhero flicks, The Amazing Spider-Man is a perfect lesson is self improvement, but this time without boring moralizations. Peter Parker is the perfect example of powerful thinking. Of course he gets his strength from the radioactive spider but it’s his transition into his alter ego self, his belief that he can be someone bigger than a bullied teen, that makes him do the beautiful leaps and jumps that we get to see here via his point of view.