The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Movie Review

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

2012 | PG | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
136 minutes / 2h 16min

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The Amazing Spider-Man Plot Synopsis:

Peter Parker (Garfield) is an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Review

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) is an American action adventure superhero movie that is based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The movie had an estimated budget of $230 million and grossed over $757.9 million at the box office. The Amazing Spider-Man was the 58th highest grossing film and the 13th highest grossing superhero film. Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Limitless (2015)) excelled at executing this fantastic movie revolving around young men who became Spider-Man after being bitten by a spider.

The Amazing Spider-Man starts by introducing us to a little of Peter Parker’s backstory and then suddenly skips to him being a teenager. Peter (Andrew Garfield - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), The Social Network (2010), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)) found his father’s personal papers one day and discovers that his dad worked with Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp. Peter, like any other curious-minded teenager, sneaks into Oscorp lap, and we all know what happened to him - he was bitten by a genetically modified spider and developed abilities that are like a spider including keen, sharp senses, super fast reflexes, and speed. Peter decides to give Dr. Conner his father’s "decay rate algorithm" after revealing that he is Richard Parker’s son. Dr. Conner was over thrilled because it is exactly what he needed to complete his experiment on regenerating limbs.

Skip forward and we see Peter arguing with his uncle Ben resulting in him storming out of his house to later regret it after he had the chance to stop a robbery and chose not to. Distraught Peter is determined to find his uncle’s killer and decides to use his new special abilities/powers to catch killers and save the innocent. Peter did not take long to reveal himself to Gwen (Emma Stone - The Help (2011), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Easy A (2010)) and shortly after shared a romantic kiss. Back to the story - Dr. Conner decides to use the serum after complications with his boss Ratha and discovers a few devastating truths that are torturous to his surroundings. The movie progresses from this point to being a non-stop action thriller with numerous violent scenes.

The screenplay was excellent and well written, so the dialogue was intriguing. All of the actors gave a fantastic performance, especially Andrew Garfield, who I was hesitant about filling the part of Spider-Man.

I found way too many mishaps in this film to give it a higher score. Some of the goofs/mishaps are listed below, but there was too many to list, over 30. Spider-Man calls Gwen on his cell phone when he exited the sewer but he doesn’t have any pockets on his suit/outfit so where was he keeping the phone or how did he get the phone? Captain Stacy did not reload his gun while shooting at the Lizard with his shotgun and fired more shells than a shotgun can hold so that move was impossible in reality. The green screen was visible in Dr. Connors glasses when he was talking to Peter in his house. Peter had cuts on the left corner of his mouth and his nose during the ending fight scene, but those marks were not visible when he arrived home and was with Aunt May.

With all said, the movie was an excellent entertaining watch that I will watch again with my family and friends. Spider-Man fans should not miss this movie because it is one of the best ones in its franchise.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.31
  • IMDB: 7.0
  • MetaCritic: 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Year: 2012
Runtime: 136 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 510,069 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 510,069
MPAA Rating: PG
The Amazing Spider-Man Cast Starring: Stan Lee, Anthony J Sacco, Michael Papajohn, Embeth Davidtz, Keith Campbell, Michael Massee, John Burke, Martin Sheen, Danielle Burgio, Jay Caputo, Kent Shocknek, Stephen Stanton, Ethan Cohn, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Salomon Passariello, Vincent Laresca, Katherine Stephens-Miller, Campbell Scott, Matthew Berke, Shashawnee Hall, Skyler Gisondo, Denis Leary, Darwin Reina, Megan Taylor, Max Charles, Michael Arthur, Marmee Regine Cosico, Amber Stevens, Zoey Deutch
The Amazing Spider-Man Writers: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
The Amazing Spider-Man Director: Marc Webb
Box Office: $262,030,663
Production: Sony Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA