Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Barely five years after Director Sam Raimi concluded his Spider-Man trilogy, Hollywood begins the process of rebooting the money-making franchise.

A young Peter Parker is left in the care under his uncle (Martin Sheen) and aunt (Sally Field) when his father goes into hiding from those who are after his research in inter – species genetic engineering. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) grows up as an awkward teenager who is the frequent target among high school bullies. In a visit to the Oscorp Industries Laboratory, a wandering Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and there begins his transformation into Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Peter shares his father’s discovery with Dr . Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) who uses the findings to inject genes from lizards into himself in the hope of growing a limb out of his severed arm. The plan backfires and Connors becomes Spider Man’s nemesis , The Lizard, who wants to spread the lizard genes in New York. Feeling guilty about these consequences, Peter takes upon himself to stop the Lizard’s plan from hatching.

It was just five years ago when fans of the Spider-Man franchise deemed the third installment to be convoluted and lacking freshness. Trust Hollywood to do all it can to revive this money-making franchise. “The Amazing Spider-Man” takes an hour to re-tell the back-story of Peter Parker . That’s quite some time before we see some good action, but it also gives us time to learn more about his raison d’etre, as well as his relationship with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) which serves as the emotional core of the story. It is inspiring to see the chemistry between Garfield and Stone. It is also easy to empathize with the Lizard’s plan to spread the reptiles’ genes, which he believes will better mankind. This grays the line in the fight between our hero and the enemy. The action sequences are not as busy as those we have seen before while the 3D effects of Spider’s leaps and bounds in New York provides an impressive visual treat.

As a whole, the 2012 version of Spider-Man does not break any new ground but it still succeeds in capturing our imagination and heart . This is greatly due to Director Marc Webb’s investment in building the love interest story. With box office sales close to $100 million in the first few days of opening, there is no doubt “The Amazing Spider-Man” will be one of the year’s success stories at the box office this year.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

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