The Amazing Spider-Man

The best part of summer? Blockbuster Hits, and this is exactly what The Amazing Spider-Man is. The opening scene we meet Peter Park as a little boy playing hide and seek with his dad. As he is looking for him, he stumbles into his dad’s office only to find it broken into and ransacked. He calls for his dad, in which his dad freaks out and calls for the mom to get her stuff together and that they need to leave. As they set up the story we know and love, we are met with Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sallie Fields), and around ten years later we meet a teenage Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). Flash to the High School, he is hanging a picture of the debate team for display to only be messed with by Flash Thompson (Chris Zylka), next scene we meet the ever beautiful Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter snaps a picture of her reading before he makes his next move to save an innocent bystander from Flash’s torturing ways, only to get rewarded with a punch. Have I mentioned yet that this Peter Parker has a lot more guts than Maguire’s? That night he returns home to Aunt May preparing spaghetti, and Uncle Ben determining what is wrong with the air conditioning unit, and on the way carrying up boxes he discovers his father’s suitcase. Upon first opening it, nothing seems to be inside but a few items including a newspaper clipping of his Dad and Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). With later searching he discovers a hidden file, and decides to found out more information on Curt Connors. Side note, in the suitcase were his father’s old glasses, and upon finding them he starts wearing them. To discover more information on his dad he goes to Oscorp to talk to Connors, when he arrives at the front desk he confirms he is an intern and steals a badge to head up stairs and join the group, and to his surprise Gwen Stacy is heading the group. As Head Intern, Stacy takes them around before introducing them to Connors in which he discusses his radical way of healing people, and no stem cell research is not the answer, in fact the answer is cross breeding species. Gwen discovering Peter in the group tells him to stay clear of trouble, because if he gets in trouble she gets in trouble for knowing who is really is. Being the listener that he is, Peter slinks away from the group to do his own investigating by letting himself into a room full of genetically engineered spiders. As he leaves the room, Stacy tells him to go, and we are graced with a shot on the back of his neck to reveal a spider biting him, and I believe we all do know the results. As the day goes on he slowly develops more and more spider like habits, and returns home with both heightened senses and appetites. The next morning he is too strong for his own good destroying toothpaste, the sink knobs, and door handles before leaving to meet Dr. Connors and reveal his true identity as Peter Parker and not some lowly intern. He shortly makes a connection with Connors, and Connor reveals Parker’s father departure angered him, which is why he stayed away from Peter, and in return Peter gives him the formula that he has been trying to figure at for all these years. Flash forward to the next day when Peter returns to school to confront Flash on his bullying ways and show him up. This of course results in Uncle Ben coming to get him, and telling him to pick up Aunt May that nights, which of course Peter forgets so he can spend time with Connors and correctly develop the formula so that is can be tested, and we get a positive result! From his new found glory he returns home to find a disgruntled Uncle Ben who had been calling him to remind him to pick up Aunt May. As he lays on the lines about responsibility and being like his father, but lacking that quality we meet an emotional Parker who tells the ugly truth: was it really responsible of his dad to leave him? Soon after Peter leaves to blow off steam, and Uncle Ben chases after him. He goes to a convenience store to get some chocolate milk, only to be turned away for lacking two cents, and after that we meet a shady fellow who steals cash and instead of chasing him he tells the clerk it is not his duty to find him, too bad Uncle Ben did not share that same theory. In attempt to stop him, Uncle Ben is shot and killed and Peter finds him and realizes that if he would of just stopped the guy he could stopped this from even happening. Peter’s life slowly starts to deteriorate, he starts closing everyone out, even the Flash tries to console Parker for his loss. He soon develop the Spider-man persona and starts looking for the guy who killed Uncle Ben, to get the sweet justice he deserves. He starts coming together again, although physically he is sporting bruises, and that is when Gwen invites him to dinner. Dinner was a interesting get together as he argued over the nature of Spider-man with Gwen’s dad Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), and shortly after he reveals to Gwen that he is in fact Spider-man. That night Connors injects himself with the formula and turns into the villain Lizard, and as he starts his rampage on the city both Captain Stacy and Parker rush on their ways. Spider-man establishes himself as a hero with the citizens of New York as he stops Lizard from harming them, and saves the life of a little boy named Jack, and Jack’s Father (C. Thomas Howell) will soon return the favor. The next day Parker has already put together that Connors and Lizard are one and the same, and when he turns it into the police the laugh it off, although Captain Stacy does (sort-of) look into it, although his many priority is arresting Spider-man. Taking matters into his own hands, Parker slips into costume and starts searching the sewers after noticing weird behaviors from lurking lizards. As he sets up shop, Connors injects himself again and a fight ensues between the two leaving Parker decently injured and running to Gwen to doctor him, and Connors discovers the true identity of Spider-man. Returning to the School Scene, Lizard attacks during the day, and Spider-man comes to rid him of the halls, and we are graced with the Stan Lee cameo in the library. Benefits of this scene is that Spidey knows where to go after Lizard slinks off and discovers his next plan to infect the city and make them like him. Spider-man goes to save the day, with cops stopping him and shortly Parker reveals himself to Captain Stacy, and Jack’s dad sets up the city so Spider-man can make his way to save the day. Upon the epic showdown, Captain Stacy is killed by Lizard, Lizard is cured as is the city, and Captain Stacy as one thing, that if he remains Spider-man to stop dating Gwen so she stays safe. Parker agrees by not even going to the funeral, and Gwen shortly realizes this as she stops by his door to ask why. Final scene, we are back at the Midtown Science High School, Flash and Peter are on likeable terms, Flash even sports a Spider-man shirt because “the dude is crazy”, we get a glance of a gloom looking Gwen as she heads to class, and Peter following after her and arriving late to class. He makes a promise to the teacher that he will not be late again, in which she retorts “Don’t make promises you cannot keep”, his replies whispering to Gwen “But those are the best ones”, and we receive a smirk in return from Gwen. Credit scenes? Connors is in jail and is met with a character who wants to torture Parker about his parents even more, my guess it that it is Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin, hence Spider-man 2. This series will be a trilogy, and I could not be more thrilled! I am personally glad they rebooted the series, and I do hope they keep Gwen Stacy, and just forget Mary Jane. I am a huge comic book nerd, so this movie did please me with maintaining a nice balance of new and old to this story. Do you think they will keep Stacy for the next movie? Do you think she will meet her demise with the Green Goblin like she did in the comic books? Bring on the sequel, if you have not seen this yet it is worth the watch. Personally, I found it more enjoyable then the Avengers; better and more of a story line, plus I am a fan of Spider-man compared to the Avengers. It was tastefully done, and with that I give it an A-!


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