Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
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4/5 It’s certainly no easy feat putting your own spin on a well known film. However, director Mark Webb (whose last name never fails to make us chuckle with ironic hilarity) has managed to spin a tale filled with originality and humour. Don’t think of this as a remake (it isn't); instead, look at it as you did with Sam Rami’s Spider-Man or Joss Whedon’s Avengers and give the new and in some ways improved Peter Parker a chance. The special effects didn’t exceed expectations - they were as you’d expect of a film in 2012 and an improvement on the less sleek 2002 Spider-Man, yet they were nothing revolutionary. We can’t really compare the two films in this aspect as there are ten years between them; Rami had access to worse technology than Webb did. The main focus of this film is the re-shaping of the franchise: some will love it and others will not. I don’t think you could hate Webb’s version as it’s still very close to the Comic Books. Andrew Garfield plays the loveable nerd known as Peter Parker; he experiences his fair share of bullies, lacks friends and is awesome at science. So he meets the pre-requisites of what the fans would deem a ‘good’ nerd. Emma Stone plays a strong and independent Gwen Stacey, who is un-afraid of danger unlike Bryce Dallas Howard’s Gwen Stacey from Spider-Man 3, who was an insufferably ‘wet’ character. The new Gwen is also more appealing than Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane; she’s smarter, sexier and doesn’t bitch and moan in every other scene. Plus, this is Emma Stone we’re talking about. Who wouldn’t prefer to see her on the screen?
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