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A solid superhero film,
This review is from: The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
If you don't know the story of Spider-man, then you missed the first three Sam Raimi films, the 90's television show, and countless other adaptations of the classic comic book. Teenage Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider. Hijinks ensue. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is another (too soon) attempt to reboot the legend, this time with Andrew Garfield (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) slipping into the suit. He's still an outcast (the idea that Garfield, who radiates cool, wouldn't be popular is just laughable), and still infatuated with a girl a little beyond his means (Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy). As Parker gets used to his new powers and abilities, he's pursued by Gwen's father (Dennis Leary), who just happens to be a cop. Oh, and there's something about a former coworker of Peter's father, who accidentally transforms himself into a murderous lizard and goes on random killing sprees that have little point to them, but certainly look great.
Sense my skepticism? There's a lot to dislike here. Garfield is a superb actor, he's proven that before, and he's good here; the problem is, he's not Peter Parker. The character HAS been updated a bit (he's not the total geek that Tobey Maguire's portrayal was, for example), but just not enough. Garfield and Stone (real life sweeties) have great screen chemistry, and Leary brings a nice edge, like always. As the doctor/lizard, Rhys Ifans is solid, though like Alfred Molina in Raimi's second film, he just doesn't have much to do (the Lizard and Doc Oc, at least on-screen, share a lot of similarities, one of which is fantastic actors cast in promising roles, but then chained down by script issues). Also enjoyable are Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May; and look for a (per usual) hilarious cameo from Spidey creator Stan Lee.
The script has so many holes that the characters are bound to trip up. The subplot about Peter's father (arguably more interesting than anything else here) is basically forgotten (don't worry, it'll show up in the sequel, the film's ending makes sure of that); and the Lizard goes on several rampages, chasing after Spidey when he could just as easily be going about his plot of bringing New York to its knees. Marc Webb's direction is solid, though, and the film looks--and more importantly, feels--amazing. I'm harping on it simply because, while there's a lot to dislike, there's also a lot to love. It could have been much better. Still. Fanboys should be pleased, and if you like a good superhero popcorn flick, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN delivers in spades.