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The Amazing Spider-Man leaves viewers entertained

Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07


The Amazing Spider-Man may have carried some lackadaisical anticipation among the moviegoer community as a whole, however, the Spider-Man community buzzed with excitement as the release of the revamped introduction of the Spider-Man saga was announced.


The excitement was well-deserved.


While The Amazing Spider-Man shared aspects of its plot with that of the original there are some obvious, yet well executed, tweaks. Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, was a pleasant change from the Peter Parker we all grew up with. He was intelligent and sarcastic yet timid while at the same time possessing a passive confidence. This Peter Parker was a very real character that reeled viewers in throughout the film. His fluctuating emotions could be clearly interpreted as the story unfolded revealing a multi-layered character that you can’t help but feel for.


Credit must be given to Garfield and of course to the producers, for accurately presenting this Spider-Man with the signature characteristics of Spider-Man from the comics, these being unbeknownst to the average individual. For example, the fact that he couldn’t actually shoot web so he had to create devices . You can’t help but appreciate the attention to detail. Depicting him as a clever, daring, somewhat cocky individual, this new Spider-Man was a delight to watch.


This film was undeniably more humorous than its predecessors. Whether the audience was laughing during the uncomfortable moments between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, played by Emma Stone, or laughing in amusement as Spider-Man mocks his foes.


As a remake, The Amazing Spider-Man is in a league of its own. The story takes on more depth, creating a much more effective means of story telling; really drawing the viewer into what these characters are going through.


The new and improved Peter is hungry for answers to questions that had not been addressed in the previous films, thereby allowing the viewer to observe a completely different story while at the same time staying true to the plot of the introduction itself. This approach to the story behind the origin of Spider-Man was a joy to watch.


Now let’s talk about the adversary of The Amazing Spider-Man. Rhys Ifans does an excellent job portraying Dr. Curt Conners, also known as, The Lizard. A classic Spider-Man villain, The Lizard was a character the directors needed to get right.


Did they succeed? I believe they did.


Obviously, The Lizard looked terrifying with his razor sharp teeth, his giant stature, and dagger-like claws, but don’t fret,  his brains match  his brawn. It’s rather unfortunate that every nemesis Spider-Man has is a genius.


Every interaction between Spider-Man and The Lizard, even as Dr. Curt Conners, created a sense of tension that could be cut with a knife. The new Spider-Man may not have the inherent ability to shoot webs, but he would have the upper hand against Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in hand-to-hand combat. As a vigilante The Amazing Spider-Man left muggers, car thieves, and purse-snatchers looking more foolish than ever.


How about the fight scenes between Spider-Man and The Lizard? I’m glad you asked.


Each of them got their fair share of licks in on one another. The choreography of the fight-scenes was something that didn’t leave anything to be desired.


In closing, this movie had everything. It was funny, epic, and at times, romantic. The only thing keeping me from saying it is the best Spider-Man is the fact that it isn’t the original, but it’s safe to say that the sequels have been out-done . This movie will not only score well with the average moviegoer, but it will also leave a genuine Spider-Man fan truly entertained.

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