Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie Monday: The Amazing Spiderman

This Movie Monday is The Amazing Spiderman (2012). It was directed by Marc Webb and screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent. I must admit I just never got around to watching this movie and with the new Spiderman on the horizon, I figured now was the time to finally watch it. 

IMDB Storyline: Like most teenagers, Peter (Andrew Garfield) is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifan), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

My Thoughts: I surprisingly enjoyed this movie especially since I decided to consider this movie as its own separate franchise and not think of the previous installments. The actual story overall was the usual. He is bit by a spider that was altered. In this one Peter makes the web slinging versus having it shoot from his wrists. For some odd reason I was not that upset when Uncle Ben died. That was not set up correctly as I had no attachment to the character. Peter going on his vigilante spree to find the man that killed Uncle Ben was well done. The moment when Peter saves the little kid is the turning point for Spiderman, as he no longer is putting his personal agenda first. 

Garfield does a wonderful job as this Spiderman. He has the wit and sarcastic jokes that Spiderman is known for and he delivers them quite well. He made me believe in this Spiderman. Great fight sequence against The Lizard at the high school. I especially enjoyed when Spiderman encased him in a spider cocoon and was literally crawling all over him like a spider. It was visually well done. 

Another great moment is when all the construction workers come together and move the cranes to help an injured Spiderman have a clear swinging path to OsCorp. It is led by the father of the little boy that Spiderman saved. It gave you the same good feeling that you got when the people from New York help Toby McGuire's Spiderman out. 

Stan Lee appearance - awesome as ever. He was the unsuspecting librarian while The Lizard and Spiderman fought. He is wearing headphones and does not realize the fight is occurring. I think for all future movies I am going to point out the Stan Lee cameo. 

Overall I enjoyed the movie. It was very action packed and I look forward to The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Post by Vikki
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