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The Amazing Spider-Man

Release Date: 
07/03/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
6 out of 10

Spider-Man, too!

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The Pitch: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) gets bitten by a spider and learns that with great power comes great responsibility (didn’t we already know this?), especially when fighting a giant talking lizard (Rhys Ifans).

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What It Really Is: Another origin story. The last thing anyone needed or wanted was another origin story. There are pygmy tribes in the jungles of the Congo, untouched by Western civilization, and even they know how Peter Parker got turned into Spider-Man. Despite the endless sense of déjà vu, this is a decent effort with some fun moments. Garfield is good as an oddly vengeful, emo Spider-Man, while Emma Stone is entertaining and endearing. The action scenes are well-shot, with Spidey moving like he’s leapt right out of the Todd McFarlane comics. This isn’t a bad Spidey movie. Just an unnecessary one.

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Spider-Man, Turn On the Day: In the inevitable sequel, can you film guys stop setting every single action scene at night, in the rain? Batman’s the dark, brooding one – Spidey’s the fun one. Speaking of which, can we just have a funny, wiseass Spidey who quips when he punches? Please??? Just something to remember next time.  

No! Wait.This One is Different:  There’s a subplot about Peter’s missing parents that was probably meant to make this movie seem unique, mysterious and original. But that storyline is forgotten after 20 minutes and it’s back to the regular Spidey-stuff.

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What a Croc: Rhys Ifans seems like he’s having fun as the Lizard, and while we’re peeved that a) he looks more like Killer Croc and b) he only wears his iconic lab coat for about three seconds, he still seems like a credible threat. Topher Grace was just heard whimpering, “Yeah, but Venom was pretty cool too. Right?” No, Topher. No.

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Who It’s For: People who missed the Raimi trilogy; Emma Stone fans; people who know what “thwipp” means.

Studio: Columbia Pictures