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The Amazing Spider-Man

  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Marc Webb
  • 130 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Peter Parker's parents disappeared when he was young, and he has been raised by his uncle and aunt. But he is socially awkward and bullied at high school. When a bite from a genetically modified spider gives Peter extraordinary powers, he is not only able to assert himself at school, but also resolves to use them to fight evil.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Apart from Marvel's wish to mark (or capitalise on) the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, there seems little point to this hasty movie re-spin, which boasts plenty of action, excitement and humour but lacks the refreshing charm of Sam Raimi's 2002 film. Home-grown talent Andrew Garfield delivers a moodier version of Peter Parker, but his incarnation also borders on the smug when he discovers superpowers bestowed on him by a genetically modified arachnid. The story covers familiar ground as our hero fails to prevent a family tragedy and becomes hellbent on cleaning up the streets in clingy spandex. Martin Sheen and Sally Field offer seasoned support as his uncle and aunt, while Emma Stone provides another steadying influence as girlfriend Gwen Stacy - who also happens to be the protégé of conflicted scientist (and part-time lizard) Dr Connors (a creepy Rhys Ifans) and daughter of the cop hot on Spidey's heels (the delightfully churlish Denis Leary). Newcomers may enjoy the novelty, but it's less involving for those who know where it's all headed, making this not so much amazing entertainment, but more of a passing amusement.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter Parker / Spider-ManAndrew Garfield
Gwen StacyEmma Stone
Dr Curt Connors / The LizardRhys Ifans
George StacyDenis Leary
Uncle BenMartin Sheen
Aunt MaySally Field
Flash ThompsonChris Zylka
Richard ParkerCampbell Scott
Mary ParkerEmbeth Davidtz
RathaIrfan Khan
School librarianStan Lee
Jack's fatherC Thomas Howell
JackJake Ryan Keiffer
Man in the shadowsMichael Massee

Crew

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DirectorMarc Webb

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2012-06-29
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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