Have you been waiting for “The Amazing Spiderman” this summer? Your wait is almost over as “The Amazing Spiderman” is officially released just in time for the 4th of July holiday. Do you wonder if this version of “Spiderman” by Columbia Pictures is new and improved? My answer is a resounding yes!
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a not so popular teenager in high school who is a science “whiz” and brilliant enough to solve the mystery of a genetic code, a mystery that probably got his parents killed. Though not popular, the beautiful Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) falls for him. Unfortunately her father is Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), who is not a fan of either Peter Parker or Spider-man.
Peter is being raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt (Sally Field) after his parents left him there as a small child, for his own safety. In this version of “Spiderman” Peter is exploring who he is, where he came from and more importantly provides a look at the man he would like to be. Just like the comic books, he is bitten by a spider and finds himself successfully blending species and becoming stronger, faster and more agile than ever before with super human strength.
Since sometimes less is more I’ll leave you with just a few spoilers. Just like in the comic, Uncle Ben is killed by a thief as he escapes from a store robbery. Peter goes after him, with a few bumps along the way.
Young love encounters problems including a giant lizard, super hero powers, and development of a serum to save New York City.
How is “The Amazing Spiderman” amazing? The 3D and other special effects keep you on the edge of your seat. There were times that my pounded and stomach rolled as Spider-Man “swung through the air with the greatest of ease.” Look for unique comic relief and a series of twists and turns in the plot that will leave you clapping at the end of the moving and wanting more.
Martin Sheen shined as “Uncle Ben” and Sally Fields was a loving and lovable “Aunt Mae.” Emma Stone as “Gwen Stacy” left many in our audience saying “Mary Jane who?” The general thought is that this Spiderman may also been more attractive (and not just to teen audience members) than the previous version.
This version of Spider-Man appeared to be much more closely designed to be like the comic books. Some differences were that the Uncle and Aunt were much younger. Peter revealed himself quite frequently, to Gwen, her father, and even a little boy he was saving.
How good was it? Clapping throughout the cinema was rampant, but make sure you don’t cheer too soon or you will end up missing the sneak peek of the threats to Spiderman to come.