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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)

The 2012 film directed by Marc Webb Based on the Marvel comics character

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Was a Reboot Necessary?

  • Nov 19, 2012
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+4
When I first knew that this franchise was being rebooted, I asked myself why? Then knowing that The Lizard would be the villian, I thought that this move would be worse than the last mishmash that was Spiderman 3. The why was quickly answered from the first scene. We see a young Peter Parker with his parents, first playing hide and seek with his Dad, then later being brought to live with his Aunt and Uncle when something seems to have gone wrong with his father.

Peter never sees his parents again, and Aunt May and Uncle Ben become his parents. He goes to high school and is set upon by the school bully, Flash Thompson. He has a crush on a girl from his class, Gwen Stacey who really doesn't notice him. He is only known for his photography skills.

Later he finds a photo of his father with another man. He goes to his Uncle to ask who is the other man. His Uncle looks uncomfortable but says he doesn't know him. Later, his Uncle relents and lets Peter know that the man in the picture is Curt Connors and he was his father's partner. Peter learns that Connors works on Genetic Engineering for Oscorp and goes there to see what he may know about his father.

While there, Peter wanders into a room where generic engineering is happening on spiders. Of course, one of them gets in his clothing and will later bite him beginning the legend. As Peter realizes his powers he still doesn't know what to do with himself. That all changes when he goes to a convenience store to buy milk but doesn't have enough money to pay for it. The clerk refuses to let him go and when a suspicious looking character comes in to rob the place, Peter gets even with the clerk by not stopping the thief. Unfortunately, this thief will then kill his Uncle Ben.

Peter, learns from the police that his Uncle's murderer is the same thief he failed to stop. This sets him looking for bad guys to see if he can find his Uncle's murderer. To tell the rest would give spoilers but Gwen Stacey will later become his girlfriend and her father is the police chief who starts going after Spiderman for being a vigilante.

Now the answer to my second point, this movie is a lot better than Spiderman 3. It may even be better than the first Spiderman film but not nearly as good as the Doc Ock film. The filmakers have changed a lot things from the original story. The actor that plays Peter is more of an outcast than the nerd that Peter was supposed to be. There is no real reason why one would believe that all of a sudden Gwen would start liking him. Sally Field, though well into her 60's looks a heck of a lot younger than the comic book Aunt May. Peter comes home all hours of the night, obviously having been in fights and she never questions him about what he was doing.

Captain Stacey is a more believable Spiderman PR adversary than the comical J. Johnah Jameson portrayed in the earlier films. Overall this is a much better made film than the originals but there were several parts that tended to drag. It did have its one Stan Lee comic relief moment and Curt Connors makes a good villian. Don't miss the brief scene a little bit into the credits because it provides the setup for the next film.

Overall, It was a good film and I do look forward to the next installment. I understand that it will have a Mary Jane and the villian is rumored to be Electro.

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November 20, 2012
I liked the way the Parker persona came out in this movie, I just thought that they should've avoided the part with Uncle Ben and several things were unfocused. Nice write up, Michael!
 
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Director: Marc Webb
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: July 3, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios
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