The Amazing Spiderman

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With all of the comic book super heroes flying around lately, I was hoping the studios would pick a new character to star in a movie. Instead, we have yet another re-boot of Spiderman titled, The Amazing Spiderman. This story begins with a scientist working on genetic crossbreeding, then he and his wife suddenly disappear leaving their young son to live with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen and Aunt May (Sally Field). Years later, when the boy Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is in high school, he enters the laboratory of his father’s ex-partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and is accidentally bitten by a genetically mutated spider. Peter starts breaking everything around him because of his increased strength, while other items are sticking to his hands and feet just like a spider. (At least he didn’t grow 8 legs.) When his Uncle Ben is killed, Peter builds a device that shoots webs from his wrist and goes after the criminals in the city with a passion as Spiderman. His girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) eventually finds out Peter is Spiderman and is at odds with her father, Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) who is the chief of police and is trying to arrest the web-slinger. As if things aren’t bad enough, Dr. Curt Connor uses one of his genetic experiments to turn himself into a giant lizard making him one of Spiderman’s arch enemies. (It would have been worse if he changed into a giant stinkbug.) I have to admit I had mixed feelings about this re-boot. I already know everything about Spiderman but the director Marc Webb did a good job. First of all, I thought Andrew Garfield’s performance was fantastic as Spidey and I soon forgot about Tobey Maguire. Second, the changes in Spiderman’s powers help bring something different to the new series and there are fewer characters making it a lot less confusing. (Okay, maybe that’s only a positive if you are blind.) Yes, there are sub-plots that go nowhere and it seems like we have just seen the introduction of our superhero a few years ago. (Okay, ten years but who’s counting) This film is entertaining but not amazing and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.