“The Amazing Spider-Man” has everything you could ask from a summer movie. Action, romance, imagination and smart writing.
At the center of it all is the onscreen chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy.) Without an adequate love story, an action film is only that, an action film.
The story borrows from the first installment of Sam Raimi’s trilogy. At least as it pertains to the offing of Parker’s Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen). Besides that, the screenwriters, including Steve Kloves, keep it interesting and imaginative. Not everything is revealed at the end. But, the story is strong and holds your interest, unlike most films this time of year.
Despite that death in the family, Garfield’s Parker is more energetic, excited and tougher than his predecessor, Tobey Maguire. He is the spark that drives the action. He’s fun to watch and he seems to be having fun. This Spidey is less reflective and more decisive than the version that ran before.
Director Marc Webb shows Hollywood how its done. Make a film with excellent pacing and just enough romance to bring in a larger audience. This reboot is a major success and I hope the inevitable sequel will be just as good. Grade: A-
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Runtime: 136 minutes
Released by Sony Pictures