Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka
Ratings: *** (3 out of 5)
There is a buzz on internet that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is based on the endeavours of the Marvel Comics’ superhero Spider-Man. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko had collaborated to create the character of Super-Man.
The movie is almost like a retconned version of Raimi’s first film, where the first 30 minutes of origin have been stretched into a two-hour-plus picture, fleshing out details of little consequence, expanding on plot points that the audience has trouble caring about, and not bothering to answer lots of questions that are set up.
The story more or less remains the same, with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) living with his aunt May and uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen). He is in high school and an awkward teenager who doesn’t have the courage to ask his cute classmate Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) out. The discovery of his super powers happens after a visit to the research organisation Oscorp Industries where he is predictably bitten by one of those spiders kept there for tests. Oscorp is headed by one limbed Dr Curtis Connors (Rhys Ifan), who also happens to be Parker’s father’s friend and who, Peter feels, knows the secret behind his parent’s disappearance.
Andrew Garfield has done a fabulous job as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. He is excellent as the tongue-twisted teenager,especially when he tries to ask Gwen Stacy out. Emma Stone is very good as Gwen Stacy. Thankfully, she doesn’t play the damsel-in-distress and is shown to have a mind of her own. Rhys Ifans does well as The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors. Denis Leary as Captain Stacy (Gwen’s father and Police Captain), Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May are good.
Indian star, Irrfan Khan has a very short role as an officer of Oscorp (the organization for which Peter’s father worked and Connors still does – As per the reports.
Overall this film shares a certain sensibility with another of this summer’s disappointments, Prometheus.