The Amazing Spiderman (2012), My review

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Gossip/News/Reviews - Film
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Here is my review of “The Amazing Spiderman” which I saw on BT Vision recently (Released on 16th November 2012).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

Oh no not another remake was my first thought when I first heard about this film. With the trilogy of spiderman films with Tobey Maguire still fresh in my mind I did not think we needed another remake as I thought they were pretty good. How can you tell the same story again but keep people interested. Well Christopher Nolan proved it with the batman trilogy that it can be done. And Marc Webb has proven it again with the reboot of spiderman. And I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

In this version of the spiderman story the film stars as a young Peter Parker discovers his father’s study has been ransacked. His father gathers concealed documents before Peter’s parents take him to stay with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. His parents leave, but are later killed in a plane crash.

As a teenager, Peter is a student at Midtown Science High School, where he is bullied by Flash Thompson, and is romantically interested in the beautiful Gwen Stacy, the daughter of police captain George Stacy. At home, Peter discovers his father’s documents, and learns he had been working with scientist Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp to combine human and animal DNA to cure illnesses. Peter sneaks into Oscorp to meet Connors, who is pressured by his superior Dr. Ratha to complete his serum, and cure the terminally ill head of Oscorp Norman Osborn. Connors wants the cure himself to restore his missing arm. Meanwhile, Peter breaks into a lab where a “biocable”-a high strength strand of webbing-is created by genetically modified spiders, one of which bites him. During a subway ride home, a fight reveals that he has developed superhuman speed, strength, the ability to stick to surfaces, and a heightened sense of danger.

Peter finds an algorithm in his father’s documents and gives it to Connors−the missing key to his serum. In school, Peter damages school property during a confrontation with Flash and Ben is forced to work late so that he can pick up Peter. Ben tells Peter to escort May home that night. Peter ignores Ben in favor of helping Connors test their serum on a three-legged mouse. After he returns home, Peter argues with Ben about not picking up May, and Peter leaves. At a grocery store, the clerk rudely refuses to let Peter buy a drink, and when a thief steals money from the register, Peter lets the thief escape. Ben, searching the streets for Peter, confronts the thief, but is shot and killed. Peter responds to the gunshot and finds Ben’s body. After seeing a police sketch of the suspect, Peter realizes it was the thief he let go.

Peter hunts the killer, taking out other criminals as a result and attracting police attention for his vigilante actions. During one confrontation he falls into an abandoned gym, where a luchador-wrestling poster inspires him to create a mask to hide his identity. He creates a costume for himself with a spandex suit, and builds wrist-mounted mechanical devices that shoot biocable strands. Peter, who, after going to Gwen’s house for a dinner “date” with her family, later reveals he is the vigilante to Gwen and they kiss.

Seeing that the test mouse has regrown its missing limb using lizard DNA, Ratha demands human trials begin immediately. Connors refuses to risk innocent lives and is fired. Desperate, Connors tests the serum on himself and his missing arm regenerates. He learns that Ratha is going to test the serum on human subjects and goes to stop him, but his body begins to mutate. By the time he finds Ratha on the Williamsburg Bridge Connors has transformed into a large Lizard creature, tossing cars, including Ratha’s, over the side of the bridge. Peter, now calling himself Spider-Man, manages to save Ratha and other civilians. Connors retreats into the sewer and reverts to human form.

Peter later meets Connors in his office and suspects he is the Lizard, and later unsuccessfully confronts Connors’ Lizard form in the sewers, leaving behind his camera. Connors learns Peter’s identity via the name on the camera and pursues him to Midtown Science High School where they fight. In response, the police start a manhunt for both Spider-Man and Lizard. Connors heads to Oscorp, intending to disperse his serum across the city and make everyone into lizards, while Gwen develops an antidote in Oscorp’s lab. The police corner Spider-Man and Captain Stacy discovers that he is Peter, but lets him escape to go save Gwen. With the help of the father of a boy he rescued earlier, Spider-Man reaches Oscorp in time. Spider-Man manages to replace Connors’ serum with the antidote, reverting Connors to human form, but not before Connors mortally wounds Captain Stacy. Spider-Man nearly falls to his death, but Connors saves him. Before his death, Captain Stacy makes Peter promise to stay away from Gwen for her safety. He initially keeps the promise, but later admits to Gwen that failed promises are the best kind.

I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Andrew Garfield is brilliant as spiderman bringing the same humour and vulnerability found in the comics/cartoons. And I must admit it is better than the trilogy of spiderman films a couple of years ago. The effects and actions sequences are pretty good. The transformation scenes are good too. Having been bitten, Garfield’s Parker goes into a delirious, feverish state as his body assumes new strength and the ability to hang upside down. And without knowing what he is doing, Parker semi-accidentally beats up around half a dozen menacing guys in a subway carriage which was very amusing. There is only one down side and that there is no room for the newspaper editor J Jonah Jameson character in the film which is sadly missed I think.

But well worth a watch in my opinion.

But what did you think? Do you agree?

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