The Amazing Spider-man
Laura Ziskin Productions and Marvel Entertainment (2012)
Spider-Man is quicker, smarter and better looking in his latest film The Amazing Spider-man, released on July 12, 2012.
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is an awkward, high school student who is passionate about science. One day, Peter discovers his deceased father’s documents in the basement. His father had been working with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), a scientist at Oscorp to combine human and animal DNA to cure illnesses. Dr. Connors wants to be able to restore his missing arm. When Peter breaks into Oscorp, he is bitten by one of the genetically modified spiders. He develops superhuman strength, speed and abilities. Peter is interested in Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), a girl who works at Oscorp. In the process of restoring his missing arm, the animal DNA takes over Dr. Connors body and the whole city is in danger. It is up to Peter, who is masked as Spider-Man, to swoop in and save the day. The director, Marc Webb creates an action-packed film that has a very similar plot to Spider-Man, the 2002 version of the superhero film.
Andrew Garfield did an excellent job playing the role of Spider-Man. His acting abilities are convincing and much better than those of Tobey Maguire who was featured in the earlier Spider-Man movies. A particularly memorable scene is when Peter asks Gwen out on a date. They are both standing in the hallway of their high school at the end of the day. Peter is very nervous and says, “Um so ah, do you want to ah, I don’t know. Um… I don’t know. Just ah, um, I don’t know. We could, I don’t know, we could, or we could do something else or we could…” It is an awkward moment but it is very true to Peter’s character and comes across as amusing to the viewers of the film.
The dialogue is true to the character and each character is developed enough to seem believable to the audience. The choice of music adds to the movie and enhances the experience of the film. The lighting is creative and is used effectively. The camera shots are incredible. During one scene, the camera shot is Spider-Man as he is climbing buildings and swinging between buildings. The audience sees it as if they were Spider-Man, looking through his eyes. Marc Webb, the director of The Amazing Spider-Man was successful in conveying the latest adaptation of Spider-Man.
The special effects are very well done. They are not a disappointment and add to the action scenes in the film. The realness of the villain (Dr. Curt Connors) and watching Spider-Man in action is incredible. James Horner’s soundtrack blends well into this film and sounds very natural. Horner’s soundtracks are used in many well-known films, such as the Titanic and Avatar. Coldplay’s “Til Kingdom Come” from the 2005 album X&Y is definitely a good choice for this film. Overall, the special effects and soundtrack add another level of greatness to The Amazing Spiderman.
I have watched The Amazing Spiderman twice and both times I have thoroughly enjoyed it. If you liked the Spider-Man movies featuring Tobey Maguire, you will love The Amazing Spiderman. Any Marvel fan will want to watch this action-packed, science-fiction, superhero film.
Tanisha L. is a grade 12 student who loves to watch Spider-Man movie marathons.