Written April 30, 2016
Despite all the skepticism about rebooting a successful franchise and starting all over again at square one, well, I don't think I'll bother watching the Tobey Maguire series by choice again. This new, darker, truer take by the aptly-named Marc Webb caught any doubts I had in its web of entertainment while Uncle Ben was still alive. Andrew Garfield was superb as Peter Parker and nailed the awkward geek persona. Emma Stone, what can I say? She's stunningly beautiful and continues to firmly establish herself as not just a witty comedienne but a solid actress to be taken seriously. Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard was also excellent and played the good guy/bad monster-thing to a "T." The story was enthralling, the origin is tragic and the dynamic of having all things that Peter is combatting be way over his head made for a real stress-inducing film. The Spider-Man story is very human and very relatable and "The Amazing Spider-Man" really captures that essence in its web.
Written February 06, 2016
Went in expecting little; came away by how much of an improvement this movie was from the original series. The acting was fantastic (Garfield and Stone dominated and had great chemistry), the effects were brilliant, and the story was much more thoughtful and intellectual than the first Spider-Man. Admittedly, some of the story was left untold, but I am happy to watch the second one in a few years to find out the rest.
Honestly, you will not leave disappointed. It was brilliant.
Written July 02, 2015
Well worth the ticket price! The cast was great, the action was great, and I can't wait to see it again! Great Movie- Go see it!
Written May 05, 2016
Although it has been 10years since the first Toby McQuire Spider-Man movie debuted, it has only been 5 sice the last one; comparisons are bound to happen. Toby = nerdy loner, Andrew = brooding loner. The Amazing Spider-Man's Parker was moer off-putting. The brooding loner bit seemed more apt for Kick-***than for Marvel's most recognizable hero. the writer's forget that this is Peter's story, not his parents story. We don't need to know anything about them. Stan's story was simple a nice guy with a heart and a conscious who was in the wrong place at the wrong tme could becone a hero. This story was Peter was destined to become Spider-Man, that is the wrong message. Stan appealed to every kid who was picked or bullied, this story did not speak to that kid. I am not sure this story needed to be told.
Acting = A
Special effects = A-
CGI Spidey and Lizard = A
Story = C+
Good, but not amazing.
Written October 10, 2015
Finally, a Peter Parker that is intelligent and not emo. Also his development from teen motivated by revenge to superhero dedicated to protecting the people is done very well. Eagerly awaiting the sequel!