Well, we joined the crowd to see “The Amazing Spider-Man” last night. We weren’t expecting to enjoy it so much, because it hasn’t been that long since the last batch of Spidy movies. However, this 2012 remake was quite good with a less pale Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a perkier Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), livelier dialogue, and coolie-woolie graphics. We did not watch via 3-D glasses, which might have made more sense for the too long flying-through-the-air scenes.
Sally Fields plays Parker’s Aunt May and Martin Sheen plays his Uncle Ben – both a bit sappily. We learn slightly more about how/why Peter came to be left with them by his parents, who wanted him to be safe from potential danger. Mr. Parker was a scientist who discovered a formula for interspecies cloning. The new scientific bent on this multi-remake film makes for more adventure and possible plausibility. (Well, as much as a sci-fi comic-based script can muster.)
Dr. Parker’s former scientific partner, Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans), has been continuing with their research in hopes of restoring limbs to amputees, including himself, and others with birth defects. His huge lab, backed by a dying gabillionaire has many wonders, which Peter is curious about. Gwen is one of Dr. Connors interns. Her father is police Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), who is not overly fond of his daughter’s new boyfriend or his city’s new high-flying vigilante. Despite the gruesome monster and fiendish plan Connors creates, Peter and Gwen steal the show – although it’s hard to imagine them being high schoolers.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” lasts 2 hours and 16 minutes, excluding the previews, so be properly prepared with snacks and an empty bladder. Oh, and try not to miss the first ten minutes.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.