'The Amazing Spider Man'- Who's JUST That (Review)
I’d like to make something quite clear before I begin- the last Spider Man trilogy was bloody BRILLIANT. Everybody knows it. The reviews were good, the casting was great and the films made an absolute bomb. However, those who are seeking some sort of visual reenactment of the 2000-era Spidey trilogy should look away now, Andrew Garfield’s take on Peter Parker is entirely different to that of Tobey Maguire’s (and if anything he’s far less moody!).
After coming out of the screening of ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ yesterday, something became immediately clear amongst our group- this new Spidey flick is (prodominantly) for girls. No, really. Andrew Garfield’s geek chic take on Spidey would quite clearly captivate any female audience, whilst all of the real fight scenes didn’t take place until a good ninty minutes in. I’m not going to beat around the bush and say I don’t love a good superhero fight scene (Avengers Assemble, hello?!) but the one thing which orived to be particularly enjoyable about ‘TAS’ was the detail in which we found out about Peter Parker himself, his family, and how the whole spider bite situ effected the poor lad. Furthermore Emma Stone’s performance as Gwen Stacy- Peter’s new love interest, was perfect aside Andrew Garfield’s Peter, and the chemistry the pair had on screen translated perfectly onto the cinema screen. So in short, if you’re inclined to the odd rom-com now and again and you like a solid on-screen couple, then you’ll like this. Guaranteed.
Something which did let the side down was the unconvincing nature of the powers of the super villian- ‘Dr Curt Connors’, who although played greatly by Rhys Ifans, was not developed enough or given sufficient screen time. Was he ever going to have the power to beat Peter? Was he heck!
So, Spider-Man lovers- the ball’s in your court. I absolutely LOVED the new Spider-Man (as much as the 2002 edition) and so did most press reviwers- the majority gave the film a solid four star, but if you’re a purist who adored Tobey’s take on Peter then frankly, this probably won’t be your cup of tea. Others? SEE IT. Now.