I waited rather anxiously for the Amazing Spider-Man. Afterall 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man. I remember this classic Marvel comic book character from my comic days and of couse the cartoons that I watched on TV.
This round, we run through the early days of Peter Parker. The Amazing Spider-Man takes us through Peter's early memories of his parents Richard and Mary Parker who left him under the care of Uncle Ben and Aunty May. Fast forward and we see Peter Parker, a brilliant photographer and quite a scientist (like his Dad).
Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. His life as Spider-Man begins when he is bitten by a spider at Oscorp. He also is responsible for the Dr Connors’ alter-ego The Lizard when he helps "perfect" the formulation.
In between his adventures as Spider-Man and his life as curious teenager, Peter meets his first love Gwen Stacy. Casting eye candies Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) was a good move as these 2 had good on screen chemistry. I am not quite sure how the ratings are for this movie but parents, the kissing scenes aren't quite kids friendly:P
Andrew Garfied as Peter Parker (Spider-man)
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Honestly, I loved the movie as it throws light into Spider-Man's early days and childhood. Of course cinematography and the costumes were brilliant. The details that went into Spider-Man's costume was detailed and made the best of 3D filming. Equally intriguing was The Lizard's skin and Dr Connor's arm.
It is nice for a great change that we have a super hero who is also humanly human. There is a scene when Spider-man is injured and he actually struggles with his flying acts.
The Amazing Spider-Man was shot in 3D and as such details into Spider-Man's costume is worth mentioning. Shadows were created on the costume to enhance the 3D feel. Interestingly, lenses for Spider-Man’s mask were made by a manufacturing company that creates sunglass lenses for the military and for NASA. Coated to reduce reflection, the lenses feature a blue-tinted optical lens with a gold hexagon mirrored pattern printed on top.
The web shooter is Peter's creation. This scene offers you a sneak peak into his the scientist character. Embedding it into a watch is such a cool thing and it certainly made lots of sense as he does not want to seen obviously with gadget. Certainly containing it within a watch made sense though, who walks around with 2 watches? Hehehe.
However, all those aside, I will rate the movie rather reluctantly at 7/10. In giving the movie a contemporary feel e.g. Peter Parker uses a mobile phone, strangely he is unable to call for the ambulance when Uncle Ben is shot. Instead he shouts for assistance to call for the ambulance. Hmmmm...where did his phone go?
Movie started brilliantly with a 3D scene in the kitchen. And of course with that, I was under the impression that the movie will contain a whole lot of 3D scenes. Obviously I was disappointed. While the 3D scenes were good, I wished it was more "obvious". After all, it was shot in 3D.
Conclusion, I pretty much will not be catching this movie again in the cinema unlike what I did for Brave and John Carter. Still, its definitely worth watching if you are a Spider-Man fan or has grown up reading Marvel comics:D
The Amazing Spider-Man open in in 5th July 2012 in 3D and IMAX® 3D.
Oh! Stay on for the credits:P