Movie Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Swings Through the Motions [Video]

Marc Webb did manage to combine action and emotion, together with a terrific performance by Andrew Garfield, what made this Spider-Man is as enjoyable as it is impressive.

Like X-Men: First Class, The Amazing Spider-Man is kind of a “pre-story”, turning back to Peter Parker’s early childhood and showing the trauma he suffered when his parents were killed, and he was adopted by his kindly uncle and saintly aunt (Martin Sheen and Sally Field).

As The Daily Mail promises, the movie reportedly will tell the viewers ‘the untold story’, but most of the tale has been told ten years ago in Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie.

At this rate, Warner Brothers will remake the Harry Potter movies — as the first part was released even longer ago than Spider-Man story, in 2001.

So, The Amazing Spider-Man will seem as deja vu, as Peter is bitten by a spider, he finds out he has superpowers and becomes an urban vigilante in fancy dress.

Instead of Tobey Maguire’s burning angst, we’ll have a chance to enjoy Andrew Garfield’s gangly charm. Kirsten Dunst is too old, her character is presented by perky Emma Stone being taken on a tour of Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

And instead of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), we get a less entertaining mad scientist villain — that’s lugubrious Rhys Ifans turning into a gigantic, bad- tempered lizard.

However, speaking of the positive and negative reviews of critics considering The Amazing Spider-Man, the first ones prevail. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 91 percent of viewers are looking forward to seeing the movie.

“A mostly slick, entertaining and emotionally involving recombination of fresh and familiar elements,” writes Variety.

“Webb successfully treads a fine line between keeping the hardcore superhero-movie fans happy and injecting a dose of meaningful affect,” says of the film Andrew Pulver of The Guardian.

“Parker is generally reckoned to be the most “relatable” figure in the superhero canon, but the pastel-bright synthetics of the earlier movies did little to dispel the sense that the comic-book world could only construct its characters out of clunking great blocks of melodrama.”

Nick Curtis of London Evening Standart writes: “Shame. We finally get a British superhero, and he’s a bit boring. “

“The “RealD 3D” is fine for the flying sequences, confusing in the fights, and gives that awful cardboard-cutout look to narrative scenes.”

He went on: “Webb saves up most of the emotional punch for a downbeat, wet-eyed ending in which Garfield and Stone are superb. Then there’s a completely nonsensical scene cueing up the inevitable sequel.”

Still, the movie is the successful combination of action and emotion. Webb’s control of mood and texture is near faultless as his film switches from teenage sulks to exhilarating airborne pyrotechnics.

Beyond a few brief flourishes, the 3D hardly feels necessary here, serving no other clear purpose than to sling a few additional dollars into Spider’s web of worldwide ticket sales, claims The Hollywood Reporter.

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