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The Amazing Spider-Man

The new reboot is funnier and more fleshed-out than its predecessor—and at its core is an age-old story.
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man
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3½ Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence)
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Directed By
Marc Webb
Run Time
2 hours 16 minutes
Cast
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary
Theatre Release
July 03, 2012 by Columbia/Marvel

Let's be honest: rebooting a movie franchise is risky business, and the risk is compounded if it's a popular and well-loved franchise. So director Marc Webb had his work cut out for him when he took on The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts Peter Parker's story from the beginning again—and this merely a decade after the first film starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Thankfully, Webb's Peter Parker/Spider-Man is played by Andrew Garfield (whom you last saw in The Social Network), who is fully up to the task.

If you're a fan of the Spider-Man comic books, intimately acquainted with the series and its universe, you'll instantly recognize some of the changes and choices that the writers of this film chose to make. But if you're like most people, when you see The Amazing Spider-Man, you probably just want a great summer flick, with good character and plot development, a bit of danger, a bit of romance, a bit of depth, and (because it's summer) some eye-popping shots that make you feel like you're swinging through the streets of Manhattan.

Well, friend: you're in luck.

Peter Parker has lived his life surrounded by mystery. One night, when he was a child, his parents abruptly packed up and rushed him to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May's house, after which he never saw his parents again. Now he's in high school, and he is starting to get curious about what happened to his parents.

And he's hopelessly in love with Gwen Stacy (played by Garfield's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone), the brainy blonde who sits in front of him in class. Parker is also incredibly brainy, but he's a bit of an outcast and mostly wanders around with his camera, avoiding hotshot jock-bully Flash. Yet when he catches wind of a lead that might shed light on ...

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