2012, USA. (PG-13). Director: Marc Webb. Writers: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field.
My high hopes on The Amazing Spider-Man were mostly based on the names on script department; Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. The trailers gave a strong hint that Peter Parker’s character background would be rendered in deeper details than what Sam Raimi had done in the previous trilogy. Adding to that, I am a firm believer in Andrew Garfield since Lions for Lambs. The cherry on top is Emma Stone.
As shown in the trailers, Lizard is a big, and dull plastic toy. Even worse: it speaks. It has the most unbelievable motive: to live strong and free of weakness as a giant lizard in the sewer. Dude, alright you can grow back your penis, but take a look at yourself in the mirror. You think anybody wanna sleep with you? Not to mention your body odor.
Meanwhile, I found myself thoroughly enjoying Garfield‘s Peter Parker and his perfect chemistry with Stone‘s Gwen Stacy. Garfield‘s Parker is guilt-ridden, troubled, and convincingly struggling to learn the meaning of responsibility. And to sew. Garfield manages to give his characters some layers. Well, not so much, but more than enough to give additional weight to his version of Peter Parker. Stone‘s Stacy is effortlessly strong, smart, irresistable, and can do much more than screaming. (Yes, I’m sneering at you, Kirsten Dunst.)
The script takes good time in building Peter Parker’s personality, letting it lost, then slowly carving him as a young superhero. But that also means your toddlers must wait for more than an hour to finally see Spider-Man in his tight unitard swinging all across the city. And they might be already sleeping by then.
IMAX is a waste. 3D gives few additional punches. Do I want a sequel as hinted in the mid-credit scene? Yes. I would love to get to know Peter Parker further. But please give him better and more convincing opponents.