The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 superhero film directed by Mark Webb and based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Abandoned by his parents and raised by an aunt and uncle, young Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, is trying to sort out who he is and exactly what his feelings are for his first crush, Gwen Stacy. When Peter finds a mysterious briefcase that was his father's, he pursues a quest to solve his parents' disappearance. His search takes him to Os corp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, setting him on a collision course with Connors' alter ego, the Lizard.
Why It Rocks
- Great visuals, including the web-swinging scenes, and the opening titles.
- Most of the characters were portrayed perfectly or decently. Especially Peter Parker/Spider-Man as he is portrayed more accurately to the comics as he's more interesting with better character growth than Tobey Maguire from the Raimi films,and Gwen Stacey as she is much more of an interesting love interest for Peter than Mary Jane from the Raimi films.
- Some of the other characters like Captain Stacy and Flash Thompson were well portrayed, too. Flash especially, as he's more in line with being a jerk with a big heart from the comics as it makes him more realistic, while his other portrayals in media like in the 2002 Spider-Man movie and Spider-Man: Homecoming where he is just a generic bully.
- The idea of Peter trying to uncover the disappearance of his parents is very original and well written.
- Plenty of connections to the source material. For instance, Peter uses web-shooters like in the comics instead of shooting webs out of his wrists.
- The action scenes are well shot and well choreographed.
- Brilliant acting.
- The soundtrack by the late James Horner is very good.
- Solid mix of humor, action, suspense and drama. It also manages to feel both as a realistic and a classic superhero movie.
- Rhys Ifans was an excellent choice to play the lizard.
- George Stacy telling Peter to leave Gwen out of his battles before dying is a very strong scene.
- Has some pacing problems.
- It also feels somewhat a rehash of the 2002 film as it follows some similar aspects of the original.
- The sequel was very weak.
- The Lizard is a weak villain with a weird motive of turning the people of New York into lizards.