Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
James Vanderbilt & Alvin Sargent
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben ( Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As 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 (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
The new Spider-Man movie is...Amazing! It really is. I went in with low expectations to be totally honest. I thought it was too early for a reboot for this series. But the movie is a feast for the eyes with trail-blazing special effects, spectacular 3D which gives a real awesome depth perception and puts you in the action, not to mention a really fine job by the newest actor to play Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield. He brings a vulnerability to Peter Parker and a confidence (bordering arrogance a couple of times) to his alter-ego character, Spider-Man. During a few genuinely sad scenes the tears come to Peter's eyes and Garfield conveys these melancholy moments very well.
The film is a roller coaster ride of action scenes and these include fantasy type violence with Spider-Man fighting various criminals as well as the Lizard, and swinging by his web throughout New York City. In one splendid scene he rescues a young boy from a burning car which is hanging by his web over a large body of water. It looks very real and is a true commendation to the special effects team. The humor is fun too as it features Peter learning how to deal with his strength after a bite from one unique spider. He pulls the handles off the water faucets and his keys from the computer keyboard come off, sticking to his fingers. What he does to the basketball backboard has to be seen to be appreciated. He also contains lightning-like reflexes and snatches a fly out of the air. In one scene on a subway he becomes stuck to a girl's top and when he rips it away unintentionally her boyfriend is not too pleased. The movie features a doctor trying to clone himself a new right arm to replace the missing one and it looks like he is going to make it happen until the experiment goes awry.
This movie is good news for the family. Not only does it contain great action sequences, but also themes of responsibility and sacrifice in the name of love. We are recommending the movie for ages twelve plus but parents should consult our content listing below as some will be fine with kids eight and up watching the movie. It is too intense for the very young. This move had to be good as it is directed by a guy named Marc Webb. With a name like Webb, how could he not make a great Spider-Man movie? We are pleased to award this latest incarnation of "Spider-Man" our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal and five Doves, our best rating. Swing into your local theater and see it soon!
Content Description: Sex: A couple kisses a few times; one couple kisses passionately at school locker. Language: G/OMG-4; Sucked-1; Mother...(Not finished)-1; Mother Hubbard (Spoken like a profanity but the intended word is not used)-1; H-4; D-1; A-1; Freaking-1 Violence: A lot of fantasy violence including Spider-Man and a large Lizard man pummeling each other; cars crash; a few explosions; a man is shot and some blood is briefly seen on his shirt front but it is not gratuitous; a man is clawed by a creature and briefly some blood is shown on his front; a character has bloody scratch wounds on his chest; a character has bruises and marks on face from skirmishes; a boy is punched in the face and another boy is punched and kicked; a ball is thrown at a character and hits him in the head but he is fine; a mouse eats what looks like the bloody remains of another mouse; a car bumps another car; police shoot at character; in one scene Spider-Man fights off the police as they attempt to capture him; a character survives a long fall; a character is hit with a pole. Drugs: A man gives himself experimental shots on at least three occasions; a man releases toxic fumes into the air but another character release an antidote into the air; a character is seen holding a beer. Nudity: A woman in shorts; shirtless man; cleavage is briefly seen when a man accidentally tears off a girl's blouse and she is seen in her bra. Other: A couple of deaths occur and there is grief; cross species experiments result in a powerful enemy for Spider-Man; a web smacks a man in his private area.