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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

July 5, 2012

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Fields
Director: Marc Webb (500 Days Of Summer)

Quick Thoughts: There’s some redundancy here since we’re rebooting a franchise that only started ten years ago and the origin story portion of the film feels a little tiresome, but pretty much everything else is an improvement over the original series, especially the casting of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the two lead roles. The execution of The Lizard is a bit questionable, but Rhys Ifans is solid in the human role. The best aspect of the movie was giving Peter Parker a little swag and having Spider-Man verbally abusing his opponents. As a whole, The Amazing Spider-Man is quite enjoyable and, at the very least, hopefully a springboard to even more entertaining sequels.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Repeat viewings should tell how good this movie really is as the original didn’t hold up nearly as well over multiple viewings.
Sequel Potential: The next one is scheduled for release in 2014 with at least one more to follow.
Oscar Potential: Might get some visual effects love but something tells me this won’t be top shelf for 2012.
Nudity: N/A
Grade: 6.5/10 (Recommended/Must See)
RottenTomatoes Scores: Critics: 72% Audience: 84%
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Recommendation: I think this is an improvement on the Sam Raimi films, especially the cast, and an enjoyable but not great superhero flick.

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