Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man
Release Date: June 3, 2012
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In theaters
5/5 Robots: A coming-of-age superhero movie

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Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of superheroes. Although, I'm not a comic book reader like my twin sister, I still tend to geek out over most men in tights. That's why I had such high expectations going into The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of Sam Raimi's trilogy. Of course there will be tons of comparisons between the original and the new version, but I have to say I think I prefer the new version better. Here's why.

The acting in this film is superb. Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man. Hands down. While Tobey Maguire proved to be a successful Spidey in the first franchise, he was missing a youthful quality that Garfield brought to the table. Behind Spider-Man's talent to propel across buildings and climb up walls, he's a lonely kid who's given an enormous responsibility. This version tackles Spider-Man's heartache better than the original, and Garfield still brings the laughter amid some serious dark moments. We watch as Peter Parker suffers from losing fatherly figure after fatherly figure. And as a nuanced actor, Garfield uses the smallest expressions and charming smiles to bring Peter Parker's tragic story to life.

Gwen Stacey, played by Emma Stone, is the new love interest for the movie. I had issues with the character MJ in the previous films. I never really liked her, and Emma Stone's character quickly outshines the former leading lady. In an interview with Stone, a reporter asks her what's the difference between MJ and Gwen. Without missing a beat, she said that MJ falls in love with Spider-Man while Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker. Adorable. Her response sums up Gwen Stacey to a tee. She falls for Peter, the innocent, intelligent young boy who's trying to find himself. And their organic love story is tangible on the screen (and so dang cute). The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is enough to go see this movie. Just writing this really makes me want to go see it again.

The only weakness in the movie was the villain. I'm a lover of some really nasty villains. It's what sets the stakes for the entire movie. The giant lizard was just kind of okay for me. I understand why the storyline was used because it played very nicely into the origin, but I was still craving something a bit more...well...villainous.

The heart of the movie lies with Peter Parker. He's portrayed as a teenager trying to find his identity, cope with his father's abandonment, and navigate first-love in these extraordinary circumstances. Andrew Garfield couldn't have done it any better.

I would recommend this movie for lovers of superheroes and coming-of-age tales. It's a mighty fine combination.

Bonus: One of my favorite scenes from the movie was when Spider-Man shows up the bully, played by Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle).

The Amazing Spider-Man was seen at a midnight screening! Check out Becca's post on the CW69 to learn about the Midnight Experience. 


  1. i love these actors
    agreed the original 3 were lacking

  2. I'm going to see this one on Saturday! It sounds awesome and I can't wait! :)

  3. I wasn't a fan of the original trilogy (Peter Parker was too whiny for me), but I may have to see this one; it sounds really good! Thanks for the awesome review :)

  4. Nice review Krista. This movie definitely had plenty of fun and exciting moments and characters that we could feel something for. For some reason though, I just kept on thinking about the Sam Raimi original movies and yes, I know they aren't masterpieces by any means, but I still loved them and it just seemed like this whole film was unnecessary, but fun.

  5. I'm not too sure about this movie for my tastes. I absolutely LOVE Emma Stone and I know she'll do a great job. This movie just seems pretty flaky to me for some reason. Glad you loved it though!

  6. When I first heard that they were making a new Spiderman movie I thought that was lame since the other ones were doing so recently, but the more I heard about how it was a different kind of plot the more interested I was. I love what you said about the love story being about the girl being in love with Peter Parker rather than Spiderman like MJ is...I love that1

  7. Nice review. I like the new movie cast. I thought it's just me not liking MJ character. Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker. Great answer. Love it :)

  8. great review, actually, I loved spiderman this version... it's really amazing...
    and I loved Peter Parker or Andrew Garfield, looks so handsome...

  9. I loved this movie too. I was a bit wary because I liked the first three, so I didn't know if this one will be as good, but it exceeded my expectations. I can't tell a single thing from the movie that I didn't like, and I can't wait for sequels. The only thing that was a bit distracting for me during the movie was Andrew Garfield's appearance - he's really a great actor, and I like him as the new Peter Parker, only he looks very alike to Hayden Christensen. A web-slinging jedi can be somewhat distracting, you know... But hey, if I can get used to a Christian Bale Batman...:)