The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Critic Consensus: A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.


Movie Info

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), 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. 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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, James Vanderbilt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2012
Box Office: $262.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Spider-Man/Peter Par...

as Gwen Stacy

as The Lizard/Dr. Curt ...

as Captain Stacy

as Uncle Ben

as Aunt May

as Rajit Ratha

as Richard Parker

as Mary Parker

as Flash Thompson

as Peter Parker (Age 4)

as Jack's Father

as Mary Parker

as Helen Stacy

as Store Clerk

as Cash Register Thief

as Missy Kallenbeck

as Hot Girl

as Mr. Cramer

as Physics Nerd

as Physics Nerd

as Miss Ritter

as School Librarian

as Nicky's Girlfriend

as Nicky

as Car Thief

as Car Thief Cop

as Receptionist

as OsCorp Intern

as Rodrigo Guevara

as Howard Stacy

as Phillip Stacy

as Simon Stacy

as Construction Worker

as Taxi Driver

as Police Officer with ...

as Police Officer

as Officer (SWAT)

as Sheila (Subway)

as Subway Guy

as Newscaster (News Cho...

as Principal

as Second Girl (Subway)

as Man in the Shadows

as Rajit Ratha
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

All Critics (285) | Top Critics (46)

Could we please try telling a decent story for a change instead of worrying so much about setting up a damn franchise?

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Is 'The Amazing Spider-Man' amazing? Yes. But get ready to get caught in a web of recent nostalgia.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
Columbus Alive

This reboot works with a freshness and seriousness that was often missing from the 2002 Tobey Maguire film.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

The primary effect of this movie to keep conjuring up better movies.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Deadspin

This umphundredth origin story of a nerdy outsider turned unlikely crime fighter is surprisingly enjoyable.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Other than recasting and swapping out love interests for the spindly web-slinger, there's nothing here that wasn't there 10 years ago in the original.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

½

The AMAZING Spider-Man? well not quite. With the Raimi franchise finished only five years ago in 2007 did we need a reboot of this super hero? in my opinion no we didn't and this film hasn't really changed my mind.

One can't deny the impressive new visuals and ideas for this new feature, Spider-Man does look good with new state of the art CGI effects and Spidey POV as he streaks across the night sky. The suit is pretty much the same albeit for some minor cosmetic differences, but Spider-Man's new moves during fights and skyscraper swinging are much more elaborate sexier and closer to the classic motions we all know and love from the comics and those top notch Capcom 2D fighters even!

That said I still see no point in this film other than to show off what I just pointed out. Yes Spider-Man looks much slicker as he should five years after the last film but other than that there is nothing new here. I might add its only Spider-Man that looks good in this film, Lizard looks pretty ropy if you ask me. Close ups of his face and eyes especially are pretty nice but when the action kicks in he looks like a dodgy Godzilla with a weird facial design. Obviously trying to look somewhat like the actor Ifans but it doesn't work too well.

The plot for Lizard is also kinda loose too really. He wants to turn everyone into lizards hmmm. Wouldn't that kinda make him no longer special? if everyone was the same as him he wouldn't be the strongest being around anymore, more importantly...why do this? On another note, again I realise this is a comicbook adaptation but isn't this plot like something out of a kids Saturday morning cartoon? to be more precise...a TMNT cartoon.

A lot of the film is so darn stupid also, OK its a comicbook adaptation but it just seems they have tried too hard, plus trying to squeeze too much into the one film. The origins segments seem to fly past and before you know it he's Spider-Man and everyone is calling him that! There isn't much exploration of his suit creation, he just makes it...just like that! and things happen that are just too daft to make any sense.

Parker's first use of his spider powers on the subway home is one example. some guy does something completely pointless whilst Parker sleeps (balances a beer bottle on his forehead?? duh?). He awakes startled and leaps onto the carriage roof, sticking there, he jumps down and accidentally rips off a woman's top with his sticky fingers. Straight away some guys completely forget about the amazing feet they just saw and try to beat him up...as you would do of course.

Then of course there is all the obligatory high school fluff where Parker does things slightly out of the ordinary yet no one ever seems to question it. Yes I know its all part of the comicbook lore and gives the film some funny moments but my god its so cliched and ridiculous.

Personally I see nothing here that beats the Raimi franchise by any great lengths. Naturally the effects are much better but cast wise I actually prefer Maguire (although Dunst was terrible). Garfield was quite annoying, I found, and didn't have any of the emotion. Probably down to the fact Maguire is a good actor and Garfield is not...whoever he is.

I just feel this is all so ridiculous, they could do this every other year, just remake the same film with a pretty new cast and sparkly new effects, slap some gloss on the top and voila! yet another brand new origins remake. The thing is everyone will rush to see it too! (yes I see the irony in myself having seen it but I have a good reason for this...I'm a hypocrite). Its the same as before in a shiny new wrapper people! Hollywood must be rubbing their hands with glee.

With the amount of super hero films made and being made there really is no need for remakes/reboots of franchises that aren't very old. There are plenty of really good super hero characters out there Hollywood, lets see some of them get an adaptation, stop churning out the same spiel over and over.

Purely by the numbers cookie cutter film making in every sense and offers nothing new. There are some nice fight sequences between Spidey and Lizard yes but that's it, I get the impression that's the only reason they made this, to show off cool fights between cool comicbook characters. Cast aside the only differences are the change in villain and the visuals are prettier, everything else is as you would expect so where's the fun?

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Not so amazing, after all. Watchable, but not completely enjoyable.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

Giving a film a darker tone does not necessarily mean it is going to make it better, but this film does it properly. Keeping in mind that there is a definitely recognition of scenes missing for details, Where do I begin? "Spider-Man" has been attempted in the past, but never have I felt this much REAL emotion from a superhero film. The Sam Raimi trilogy will always stand as the benchmark of modern-day superhero flicks, giving these new Spidey films something to really strive for. In this film, the depth of the characters is phenomenal, the never-before-seen backstory is told beautifully (although not explored enough), the realization scenes before the transformation is great, and the film is structured so much better this time around. The deaths actually made me cry, because they took their time and spent the right amount of screen time to show the emotions that should be felt by the audience. The CG work is better than I expected, although they could have tweaked a few details. I don't really have any complaints about this film. One of the most powerful portions of the film is the chemistry between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, and the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard was portrayed beautifully by Rhys Ifans. Forget Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield owns Spider-Man, and "The Amazing Spider-Man" may not be worthy of the title "Amazing," but it sure is fantastic!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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