Watched Jul 08, 2012
Philip Kennedy’s review:
I for one am glad that they rebooted this. Spider-Man is easily my favourite superhero and I think there's something worthy in the 'regular-kid-given-superpowers' story. In many ways it's the most interesting story that the genre has to offer.
Peter Parker's struggle between having to deal with the new responsibility of his powers alongside the responsibility of becoming an adult is an great story and Webb's film relishes the chance to explore it on screen. Indeed Webb tells this part with far more gusto than Rami's original take on the masked web-slinger. A lot of this is down to Andrew Garfields wonderfully believable performance as Peter. Garfield is awkward, charming, uncomfortable in himself - he's generally like any teenage: a web(!) of contradictions and uncertainties.
In truth 'The Amazing Spider-Man' doesn't really add too much more to the superhero genre - we've seen nearly all of this on screen before. Yet it's a film which manages to take many of these familiar traits and play them out onscreen really-really well. It's not essential viewing but it's certainly a really enjoyable watch. I for one can't wait for the sequel!