Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man is a film made with the expert skill as weaving an intricate web. It's only fundamental flaw is that it is made a few years too soon  and too late.

The reason I say it's too soon is that when I was watching this reincarnation of the web-slinging superhero, memories of the previous Spider-Man franchise were playing along in my head. The reason I say it's a movie made too late is that I feel this is a natural first look at the life of Spider-Man in the movie theater-- it sets up the origin story rather nicely, and Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is presented as a socially-inept high schooler that is still learning life and the superhero biz.

As for the film's merits, director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) brings in a lot more angst and edginess to the freshen up the "superhero with problems" pattern Marvel Comics has been known for. In the movie, Peter is seen with daddy issues and tension with his guardians Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Thankfully, these are softened by the love story with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).

As I've already mentioned, The Amazing Spider-Man's only problem issue is its premature release. If only it is as well-timed as Spider-Man's web shots, then it would have been a Top 5 Superhero movie in in my books.

Rating: 4/5