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The Amazing Spider-Man – What fun! - My Review

Updated on July 24, 2012

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 6 ratings of The Amazing Spider-Man

Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Spider-Man - every boy's dream

Where are my webs?
Where are my webs? | Source
"Spiderman, spiderman - does whatever a spider can..."  my son climbs to his heart's content.
"Spiderman, spiderman - does whatever a spider can..." my son climbs to his heart's content. | Source
My grown up Spiderman!
My grown up Spiderman! | Source

Webb of Intrigue

Runtime: 136 minutes

PG 13 (Includes plot spoilers)

What fun to become superbly strong, athletically agile and fantastically fast – all because of one small spider bite! I wondered to myself how anyone could possibly do better with Spiderman than Sam Raimi’s 2002 version of the Marvel comic superhero. I loved Tobey Maguire’s soft-hearted Peter Parker / Spider-Man, and equally enjoyed the casting of Kirsten Dunst as Peter’s first crush – Mary Jane Watson. Rosemary Harris as Aunt May was just like the comic character, and Cliff Robertson was perfect as Uncle Ben. Peter Parker’s best friend was ably played by James Franco as Harry Osborn / The Green Goblin and this believable cast went on to make three fabulously successful movies.

Just when you think a movie couldn’t get better… along comes “The Amazing Spider-Man!” Enter Director, Mark Webb (haha) and stars: Andrew Garfield as the nerdy teenager-come-superhero; Emma Stone as his gorgeous girlfriend, Gwen Stacy; Rhys Ifans as a creepy Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard; Denis Leary as Emma’s upstanding policeman father – Captain Stacy; Martin Sheen as affectionate Uncle Ben and Sally Field as a fabulous Aunt May.

Rabobi?

My friends and I MARVELLED at this new version! The story begins when Peter Parker is just a little boy and the action quickly unfolds when his parents bolt from their home and deposit Peter with his Aunt and Uncle. I loved watching the human story which gives us insight into Peter Parker’s psyche and subsequent emergence as our favorite Spidey hero. Peter is on a quest to find out the truth of his parents’ disappearance. As he embarks on his journey, he eventually finds himself. Filmography includes camera close-ups of the actors’ faces, in particular, their eyes. The characters look so incredibly appealing with huge eyes, particularly the females, and what red-blooded male could not be moved to protect the loves of his life as these women turn their amazing gaze on Peter.

This lanky, awkward teenager, a school science geek, is becoming an adult and coming to terms with his identity, his sexuality, his confidence and his belief in himself. Initially he is unsure of himself as he falls for the gorgeous Gwen. His quirky humor reminds me so much of my own son who LOVED being Spider-Man when he was little. Superhero identification goes a long way to the formation of character in an individual. I still see echoes of it in my son today. Andrew Garfield is an appealing Peter Parker, who I am sure young gals will swoon over. I, however, prefer the stuntman who dons the Spidey outfit and swings around New York City like an Olympic gymnast. With his lightning-fast reflexes, fabulous physique and athletic agility, he has become my favorite swinger and I wouldn't mind him hanging around my neck of the woods! Back in the day, my son used to watch an animated Spiderman on Bophutatswana television in South Africa. Spiderman was dubbed into Zulu and translated as “Rabobi.” I can still hear the song playing in my memory: “Rabobi, Rabobi, Yanga Sizwe Rabobi…” as our comic spiderman swung through the city! This is a specially South African memory. Quick warning about one of the images in the video which follows...

Rabobi - South African Spiderman

Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Peter finds his way to Oscorp where he meets his destiny with a genetically modified spider. I loved the depiction of Peter’s emerging spider-like abilities on the train ride home in a spectacular sequence of events as Peter Parker is accosted and discovers some freaky new and exciting facts about himself. This scene will raise the roof. So much humor is injected into this movie which makes it super-enjoyable. Subsequently, Peter discovers that the scientist he met at Oscorp, one-armed Dr. Curt Connors, used to work with his father. After digging around, Peter finds a crucial algorithm for regenerating limbs, and he visits Dr. Connors with the information. Dr. Connors is working to regrow limbs using lizard DNA. Uh-Oh… three guesses what eventually emerges!

Meanwhile, back at the school, Flash, the school jock, an ace basketball player and handsome hunk, is also the school bully who puts Peter (and other unlucky weaklings) in their place – which is usually on the ground. Flash gets his come-uppance when Peter begins to use his newly found skills to his own advantage and shows the bully up during basketball practice. Flash goes from one sticky move to another. Due to Peter’s display of superiority, Uncle Ben is called in to see the Principal and so begins a series of events which end up causing the death of Peter’s uncle. With his uncle’s death persistently on his conscience, Peter begins to seek the criminal out and soon falls under the radar of Captain Stacy and his police department.

Spiderman theme song 1960s

What would it be like to integrate a spider into human DNA?

There is a fabulous sequence in which Peter hangs out in an old warehouse, riding his skateboard around as he discovers his new spider-like abilities of flexibility, strength, instant reflexes and extrasensory perception. The web of intrigue develops, as does his character in becoming Spider-Man, and I loved seeing how Peter comes up with his unique outfit and then designs devices which shoot ‘biocable’ webbing from his wrists. My son would have LOVED to have those! Next, Peter has to decide what to do with his newfound powers and how to use them as a weapon for good, but his actions are misunderstood by the police and he is hunted as a vigilante.

Peter accepts a dinner invitation from Gwen and he meets her father, Captain Stacy. I loved their dinner conversation as the two seem pitted against one another and Peter stands up for the misunderstood Spider-Man. After dinner, Peter shows Gwen his powers and sweeps her off her feet when his Spidey senses leave her tingling. Meanwhile, back at Oscorp, Dr. Connor is being pressured to begin human trials and under duress, he uses the serum on himself, hoping to grow his missing arm back. He becomes one scaly dude and cold-bloodedly wreaks havoc and breathes terror into the hearts of citizens as he seeks revenge on the man that fired him.

Spiderman Graffiti

Amazing Spider-Man Graffiti
Amazing Spider-Man Graffiti | Source

Reptile versus Arachnid

Spider-Man hunts for Lizardo and cunningly finds him in the sewers. I absolutely love this scene. Spiderman's ubiquitous influence is poetry for the eyes. Lizardo in turn, discovers Spider-Man’s identity and attacks Peter back at school. There is a wonderful scene of Stan Lee with headphones on his head, listening to beautiful classical music, oblivious of the carnage behind him as Lizardo attacks Spider-Man and destroys the room behind Lee. I particularly loved the scenes on the ceiling. What adrenalin-packed FUN to watch a bit of spider action ballet! Even arachnophobes will love this one!

When all seems lost, I love how the theme of “what goes around comes around” plays out in the final confrontation of reptile versus arachnid. As a result of Spider-Man’s heroic rescue of a child from a burning car suspended from a bridge, when our Spidey hero is chased by the lunatic Lizardo and half the NYPD, Peter finds some unexpected help. How will he save New York’s citizens from being infected by Lizardo’s evil plan to unleash chemical warfare on the city? As Peter races to save the day, Captain Stacy meets his untimely end and exacts a bitter promise from Peter in a stunning final action sequence. Make sure, dear Reader, that you stick around to catch the bit after the credits…

Box Office: Gross $200,500,351 (USA - 15 July 2012)

Didya spot the mistake on Spiderman's costume from the 60's animated series?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sue,

      Another review from my favorite reviewer! :) Thanks for sharing with us! My top reason for liking this movie, although I am aware it may be shallow reasoning, is because Emma Stone is in it! LOL I love Emma Stone as an actress. :) Awesome review, once again, very informative, and clearly presented! Thanks Sue!

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Josh! My favorite commenter and thank you for reading my reviews so faithfully. :) I can't fault you one bit for loving Emma Stone.... she's absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful actress. She did her part proud. Thank you for your kind comments, Josh. As always, they are greatly appreciated.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Huh Josh is your favorite? No fair. Joke! He's an awesome commenter!:)

      On to your hub...very clever review. I like the South African twist! I still haven't seen the movie. We were going to go this weekend, but never got the chance to. I will keep your review in mind when I do see it. You got my votes! :)

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      LOL, Linda.... I have a BUNCH of favorites! Who can not have their hearts warmed by Sunshine? :) Thanks so much for your comments - it's good to have the feedback. I have no doubt you will enjoy the movie - I would love to go again... why do you have to be in FL??? Thanks so much for your votes. :) That RABOBI is a scream!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A beautiful review that simply dares the reader to NOT view it...

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Deb... thanks so much, for that wonderful comment! :) How are things at Boomer Lake? I am ramping up activities to sell or pack or give away stuff so that when the work permit lands in my hand, I jump on a plane and just GO! :) Start working fulltime in September.... wish me luck. When I've settled back down, yours will be the first hub I will visit - I haven't seen your beautiful wildlife for way too long!!

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      Susan 4 years ago

      This was indeed awesome! That is what I checked when I gave it a thumbs up. Fascinating to see a young boy, impressed with Spider Man, grow up to become an aerialist. That is a sensational picture of him with the ring of fire.

      Here is my word for that: BOOyah!

      This type of movie is not my cup of tea. Or "spider potion". I am not sure that I am willing to even try it, but your review comes closer to convincing me, that anything else I have read. After all, I was very impressed with Wonder Woman as a youngster. My favorite was Sheena, Jungle Girl. I loved her boots!

      Thank you for a rip-roaring visit into the web......

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Dear Susan: It is always SUCH a treat to read your comments - I love how you express yoursef. I am so glad you loved my insertion of my own little Spider Man... he does my heart proud. BOOYAH! Thank you for the compliment.

      I didn't see much of Wonder Woman, but could never compare with her physique - me being slender and all!! If you know what I mean! wink, wink.... I didn't really know Sheena, but I bet I would have loved her boots too... I enjoyed wearing boots with high heels. If you do get the chance to see the movie, you just might be surprised enough to enjoy it. :) Thank you for visiting, commenting and voting. xx

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      THis is definitely very informative! I definitely want to see this, if only I had the time to! Great Job, Sue!

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi KDuBarry03: Nice to see you! :) Thanks so much for the kind comments... I do hope you get a chance to see it. It was so enjoyable and uplifting for me - I left the theatre with a lightness of being. :)

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't seen this one, but I'm planning to when it comes out on DVD. Voted up.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hiya Nanderson500: I am certain you will enjoy it greatly. I think that when it comes out on DVD, I will watch it again. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, and I sure do appreciate your votes. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A very good review, Suelynn! :) I'm probably gonna wait til this one comes out on video. Thank you for your great review and bonus information about human/spider DNA! :)

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hiya Terrye Toombs: Thanks so much for sayin! I do so appreciate your comments and your visit. I just got great news... I'VE BEEN APPROVED for CANADA!!! Woooooohoooooooo! HAPPY DANCING!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      That is SOOOOOOO awesome, Sue!!! Happy dance with you!!!! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great review, enjoyed reading. I love the idea of spider man's gene locked in only with girls and woman. Here's to woman power, Cheers!! Voted up.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Vellur: Good to "see" you again! :) I am so glad you enjoyed reading this review and THANK YOU! Cheers...

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