VOD Recommendation: A Character-Driven Superhero Reboot That Manages to Feel Fresh Coming on Demand
11.07.12 by BJSprecher
"If anyone's destined for greatness, it's you, son."
Swing into a world that feels familiar, yet fresh and new, where amazing things are possible and responsibility trumps selfish desires.
The Flick: The Amazing Spider-Man
The Skinny: Absolutely perfect last name notwithstanding, director Marc Webb seemed to be a strange choice to helm Sony's reboot of its Spider-Man franchise, which had deteriorated after only three movies. The music video director had only one feature under his belt when he was chosen to helm The Amazing Spider-Man — the 2009 romantic dramedy (500) Days of Summer — but he proved to be an inspired choice, drawing the best out of his talented cast and innovating the superheroic action by going for traditional man-on-a-wire web-swinging whenever possible.
The Players: British-American actor Andrew Garfield takes over for Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, an exceptionally bright high school student who has trouble fitting in with other kids and longs to discover the reason why his parents disappeared when he was a child. A slight tweak of superhero mythology finds Peter getting bit by an experimental spider while snooping around OsCorp in search of answers. Garfield's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone, turns in a strong performance as Peter's first girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, an intern at OsCorp whose father (Denis Leary) eventually leads the hunt for Spider-Man as an NYPD officer. Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott, Martin Sheen and Sally Field also star.
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