Commentary

July 27, 2012

In Theaters

Fly Over: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Amazing Spider-Man darker, better

By Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

Did we want a new Spider-Man movie? Not really. Did we need to see the origin story redone? Possibly. Did that stop the movie from being amazing? No.

With three previous Spider-Man movies that got progressively worse, people thought the franchise was over. But director Marc Webb makes Spider-Man worth watching again. This retelling of the beginning of Spider-Man is gripping, slightly darker and for comic book fans, it brings the title back to where it should have been.

Andrew Garfield plays the new Spider-Man and fills the role well. Tobey Maguire who played Spider-Man in the last three films never portrayed the role of the nerdy, awkward teen-age Peter Parker but pulled off an acceptable Spider-Man.

Garfield however, shines in both. From his awkward encounters with his high-school crush Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) to his heroic acts as Spider-Man, he plays both roles beautifully. The depth of emotion in his acting of Spider-Man helps move this movie into a believable story.

For those into comic books and like the more accurate telling of comic heroes this movie will have more for you than the original. Peter’s first love interest, Gwen Stacy, and her father NYPD Capt. Stacy (Denis Leary), are included along with other small details like Peter making his own web shooters.

The movie starts with a young Peter Parker playing hide-and-seek with his scientist father Richard. During the game he discovers that his father’s study has been broken into. Richard gathers up some hidden documents and Peter’s parents take him to the home of his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) then his parents mysteriously depart. The story then flashes to him in a high school classroom with both parents gone.

It moves a little slow until Peter helps his Uncle Ben fix a leaky pipe in the basement. Under a box he discovers his father’s old briefcase. After opening it and learning a bit about his father, he finds a secret compartment. Inside he sees documents that take Peter to find his dad’s old science lab partner Dr. Curt Connors.

He meets Connors at Oscorp and disguises himself as a new intern. There Peter sneaks into a lab where extremely strong biocable (that becomes his source for his webbing) is being created from genetically modified spiders, one of which bites him. From this bite Peter quickly gets his abilities, and in the process of this discovery, he shirks responsibilities at home leading to an argument with his uncle.

After Uncle Ben’s death, Peter becomes moody and withdrawn. He soon decides to look for Ben’s killer to get revenge. This act launches his crime-fighting career.

And what would a good superhero movie be without a villain? Spider-Man delivers with one fans will quickly recognize.

With a running time of just over two hours, Spider-Man starts slow, but once Peter discovers his powers, it picks up and doesn’t stop. So if you’re a comic book enthusiast or just like a good superhero movie, Spider-Man should be on your summer movie must see list.

The Amazing Spider-Man is rated PG-13.



About the Author

C.J. Hatch
C.J. Hatch
C.J. Hatch is a public affairs specialist who loves books, movies, live theater and world-wide dining locations. He prefers reading a book over going to the movies but can still be found at the movies, especially ones his daughter wants to see. He likes movies that appeal to the nerd in him, like comic book or sci-fi movies.


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