Silver Screen Smackdown- The Amazing Spider-Man (2013)

Movie– The Amazing Spider-Man

TL;DR– Not bad, but not as good as the first trilogy’s number one. 80%

 

Basics– It’s the standard Spider-Man origin story we know and love.  Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider who gives him the ability to walk on walls and the strength, speed, and endurance proportionally to a spider.  His uncle is murdered because Peter didn’t stop a robber, and he swears to protect the innocent.  In this adventure, Peter helps Dr. Connors with a formula to regenerate limbs.  When Dr. Connors uses the formula on himself he turns into the Lizard, a fearsome monster who wants to turn the rest of mankind in to lizard people too.  Can Spider-Man stop the monster, get the girl, and save the day?

 

Plot– The plot is ok.  Some things are a bit contrived and a bit too lucky.  Things tend to fall into place too much with this story.  Peter is often time in the right place at the right time.  That said, this a decent story that is fun to watch.  It’s got its moments that will stretch logic like when Spider-Man is shot, and later he then jump kicks into the Lizard.  He most likely should have blacked out from that one.  It’s easy to nitpick problems, but I was honestly entertained and I had a fun ride. 3/5

 

Actors– The actors are pretty good.  Peter Parker is a good match.  He looks like a high schooler should.  He does high schooler things like storm out, have social problems, and fight with his adopted parents.  He’s very funny with the quips, so that makes Spider-Man really come alive on the screen.  I would like him to actually keep the mask on, but we can’t have everything.  Uncle Ben is well done, but HE NEVER SAYS WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!  WHY!?  That is Spider-Man’s thing.  Leaving that out was a major mistake!  Gwen Stacy looks like she should, and she does a good job bringing that character to life. 4/5

 

Visuals– This is well done.  The CGI is awesome, and the costumes are great.  Spider-Man’s suit is different, but that isn’t bad.  The world looks like it should.  Heck even the Lizard looks great.  He’s CGI the whole movie, but it doesn’t show. 5/5

 

Summary– This was a fun movie.  It’s good, but not great.  I had some major problems with the story, and I WANT MY LINE FROM UNCLE BEN!  But, I felt the movie was fun.  Other critics have said it was a cash grab to keep the Spider-Man license.  I didn’t feel that.  I felt it was a good movie with lots of action and some decent comic fun.  It’s not as good as the first movie in the last Spider-Man trilogy.  That is true.  Honestly, if I could merge this movie with the other first movie, I would have the Spider-Man movie I’ve always wanted. 80%

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