The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent’s mysterious death.

Here’s something funny …. I spent yesterday evening watching this film and it was only when I went to rate it on imdb that I realised I had already watched and rated it before but I apparently have no recollection whatsoever of the first time I sat through it.  Don’t get me wrong, there were parts that seemed familiar ….. but I thought that was mainly because I’ve watched the Tobey Maguire version a few times back in the day and this was basically a re-make of that ….

And therein lies the problem.  I have no problem with remakes but a remake less than a decade after the first?  Is it really necessary?  What is about Spider-Man that this year brought us a THIRD iteration, three years after the sequel to this?  Seriously, please enlighten me.  Yes I get that superhero films are the “in-thing” but surely there are only so many times someone can sit through Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man?!  If the 2017 version was actually the 6th film in the original series I could understand that more than Hollywood keep going back to the origin story.

Back to the fact that I can’t remember ever having watching this film before ….. that was because it was long and, for the most part, boring.  It dragged and by the end Peter still hadn’t found his uncle’s killer.  SAD TIMES.

Andrew Garfield is cute, I grant you that, and played a sullen moody teenager well until he suddenly grew up and became a strapping adult overnight.  As to Emma Stone, there is no way I ever believed she was a teenager.

The most shocking thing in this film?  The genetically modified mouse-lizard eating its partner.  Yuk.

Onto things that this film did well: I love Martin Sheen and Sally Field. I really liked that Gwen knew Peter’s secret from early on and the plot didn’t revolve around him having to keep his alter-ego from her.  Ditto on the fact that she knew about the promise Peter made to her father.  I like how Gwen wasn’t just confined to being Peter’s teenage girlfriend and she got to show off her intelligence and bravery.

Will I watch the sequel?  Yes, probably.  And I will make sure to blog about it so I don’t run the risk of forgetting I ever watched it.

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