The Amazing Spider-Man, Review by Miriam Atallah

An innocent teenage boy who wants to take revenge on the bad guys, the nerd who falls in love with the prettiest girl at school, wall climbing and much more super power moves, the romantic boy/girl room scene, what a typical superhero movie! The Amazing Spider-Man did not take the challenge of making itself a post modern superhero movie, yet it managed to keep the audience stunned.

“If you’ve seen half a dozen superhero films, and the box office results, then you’ve also seen what The Amazing Spider-Man has to offer,” said Laremy Legel on Film.com.

Marc Webb, the director, who also worked on one of the most post modern movies, 500 Days of Summer, did not meet the people’s expectations of the new spider-man movie in terms of making a change in the superhero genre. However, Webb’s aim was working more on the characters since the spider-man, Peter Parker, makes a remarkable shift from Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield.

“There is Peter Parker, the orphan, who was in search of his dad, and ends up finding himself. I think that’s an interesting story that we haven’t seen before,” said Webb.

Webb’s focus was more on the plot, the events that were taking place; the insertion of the new enemy, the lizard; and not on the genre, his purpose was not to change the idea of a superhero as opposed to the movie Kick-Ass for example.

Because of that, it is unfair to judge Webb’s work in terms of genre. Aside from creating Dr. Connors (Martin Sheen), the lizard as a new enemy in the franchise, he also made a radical change in the basic character Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) who basically was Parker’s first love. With Emma Stone as cast, Stacey is still very pretty but also, a very smart scientist who assists Dr. Connors.

The Amazing Spider Man is a movie that focuses on the means rather than on ends, on the 5 Ws rather than on the conclusion. Being a scientist who ended up as a superhero, Parker’s super powers were not seen as a gift that differentiates him from other kids like in other superhero movies. His powers nevertheless, are still unattainable in the real world unlike Kick-Ass‘ moral that super powers do not exist. So The Amazing Spider-Man is somehow between reality and the superhero world. As a scientist, he generates the spider webs, himself, and the fact of him achieving super powers is related to scientific equations and chemistry.

“Special effects are flashy with lots computer generated F/X but, the filmmakers also utilize live stunt work and motion capture, which I appreciate,” said Robin Clifford from Reeling Reviews.

The directing, the editing, the colors, the effects, the acting… This is why it’s called The “Amazing” Spider-Man. The film was very well directed and edited that kept people astonished throughout the whole movie. There wasn’t any unnecessary or boring part. Webb did a perfect job embellishing the plot combining the three different kinds of art: directing, editing and acting. The recast was a big success. As Webb said, Garfield spent hours and days practicing moves; he wanted to become a real spider.

“Webb’s version proves to be exhilarating entertainment in its own right,” said James Kendrick from Q Network Film Desk.

Even though it was a predictable ending between the two lovers, Webb succeeded in keeping the romance alive in his directing. He moved away from the typical final kiss, he chose to direct it with Stacey’s back turned to Parker’s yet excels in turning her frown into a smile when Parker whispers that the promises which he can’t keep are the best kind. In order not to spoil what he really meant by that, Beiruting.com recommends that you watch The Amazing Spider-Man.

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

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