A superhero flick that was way more than what I was expecting for a reboot
Andrew Garfield knows how to play just the right level of cocky teenager and awkward nerd. This isn’t your regular stuttering teenager performance, a more natural, relatable kind of teen. Andrew does a great job as Peter Parker, and I hope this is the beginning of even bigger and better things for the young actor.
Maybe Spiderman is a superhero with superpowers, but in this movie, I also feel like he's really human. I mean, Andrew here shows real, believable emotion especially at the death of his uncle and also when he was hit by a gun at his thigh. The two lead actors Andrew and Emma really stood out for me. It's really natural and believable, Emma brings her usual charm to the role, it felt almost like the two of them were ad libbing. Particularly enjoyable are the action sequences, which, even when occasionally too cheesy, are a pleasure to watch.
The story of "The Amazing Spiderman" follows well-tread territory and adds in a conspiracy involving Peter Parker’s missing parents. It also introduces a new villain to the film series, with Rhys Ifans turning himself into The Lizard. Parker is a normal kid with some problems, gets his powers, learns how to use them while also getting entangled with a villain, must defeat said villain and then look forward to the future. We know how this goes.
I'm a big fan of the three Spiderman movies, starring Toby Maguire (though the third one was shit) and I wasn't sure a reboot would do it justice. "The Amazing Spider-Man" sticks so closely to some of the beats of the original story. A spider bite and learning to use some powers would have been enough.
Rating : 9/10