Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

     
 

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Typical teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets as Columbia Pictures reboots the Spider-Man franchise with the help of director Mark Webb ((500) Days of Summer) andSee more details below

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Typical teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets as Columbia Pictures reboots the Spider-Man franchise with the help of director Mark Webb ((500) Days of Summer) and screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Emma Stone co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The Amazing Spider-Man is one confused mixed bag of a superhero movie. The first ten minutes say a lot about the dramatic tone that director Marc Webb was most concerned with establishing, although much of that particular air of self-seriousness just kind of lays limp, waiting for the next intermittent scene of humor to relieve the audience's yearning to just have a good time. It's true that the film only seems to pop when it lets loose the shackles of this oh-so-personal Peter Parker origin story. Indeed, the film covers much of the same ground that Raimi's first film did... too bad it seems laborious here -- that is, until the talking CG lizard turd shows up to declass the proceedings. Yet through it all, there are plenty of moments in the film that work: actors who brighten up a scene, genuinely funny audience-friendly bits, and Spidey images that are just neat to see. It's just too bad that one can't sift the good stuff through a strainer and leave out the celluloid fat. The script's pork lies mostly in this backstory that reinvents Peter (Andrew Garfield) as a loner orphan who conveniently finds a nondescript parcel belonging to his long-lost father, whose tale once paralleled a comic story that cast him as an American spy (itself an orphaned subplot cut out for the theatrical release), which leads Peter to conveniently jump to the conclusion that he should investigate and get this plot a-rolling. Lucky for him, the popular gal he's got his eye on, Gwen Stacy (charmingly played by Emma Stone), is a lab intern forCurt Connors (Rhys Ifans), the very man Peter is seeking out because he worked with his father. Though the i's are never dotted for Peter -- or the audience -- in this particular deadbeat dad/coworker relationship seemingly so key to the story, a common intellectual ground is found between the two while the inquisitive teenager is visiting the company that the one-armed scientist works for, Oscorp (cue sequel clues here). Soon, Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider at the lab and we're off to the races, crossing off iconic character moments like a checklist (Uncle Ben dies, Peter seeks revenge and discovers powers while trying out his new alter ego) that eventually lead to the showdown between the now-vigilante Spider-Man and the Lizard, a mutated Dr. Connors who seeks the new evolution of mankind through cross-species DNA mumbo jumbo. Clocking in at the theaters at fifteen minutes beyond two hours, the picture shifts from serious land to B-movie mayhem at around the halfway point and really doesn't stop smelling funky from there on in. The lizard is a mess -- looks-wise, as well as in his poorly laid out intentions. The computer-generated villain mugs for the camera aplenty, with Ifans' voice absurdly spouting out dialogue that only underlines how dopey the end result is in comparison to the brooding drama that makes up much of the rest of the picture. Spider-Man himself barely grows out of his young cocky mode before becoming a non-expressive digital stuntman in much of the film's finale. It's too bad, because Garfield has it in him to be a good Peter, albeit a different one than we've seen before. Stone, along with Denis Leary as her father, provide the most well-acted scenes with Garfield that honestly work and provide the best backbone the flick possesses. Unfortunately, the cast's keen chemistry ends with Aunt May and Uncle Ben, both played by terrific actors (Sally Field and Martin Sheen, respectively) who are never given the right chance to connect with the warmth and emotionality of their characters. As in most cases with Marvel movies not made in-house during this time, there's just something off with this Spidey outing that hurts it in the long run. Many will say it's missing the fun that Raimi effortlessly brought to the character -- a shared ingredient that made The Avengers such a crowd-pleaser. Comparisons aside, The Amazing Spider-Man just seems like too much of a compromised product. Its former indie director wanted it to be one thing, yet by definition of a modern superhero film, was forced to include expensive action regalia that he wasn't cut out to handle. Perhaps the film will end up being a necessary studio sacrifice just to continue on with the character in future outings. In that case, it'll be interesting to see what they learn from this semi-honorable, but ultimately shabby effort.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2012
UPC:
0043396409415
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG13
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:16:00
Sales rank:
22,980

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Audio commentary with Marc Webb, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach; Stunt rehearsals; The Oscorp archives - production art gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew Garfield Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors
Denis Leary Captain Stacy
Martin Sheen Uncle Ben,Ben Parker
Sally Field Aunt May,May Parker
Irfan Khan Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott Richard Parker
Embeth Davidtz Mary Parker
Annie Parisse Mrs. Van Adder
Julianne Nicholson Mary Parker
Chris Zylka Flash Thompson
Max Charles Peter Parker (Age 4)
C. Thomas Howell Jack's Father
Jake Keiffer Jack
Kari Coleman Helen Stacy
Michael Barra Store Clerk
Leif Gantvoort Cash Register Thief
Andy Pessoa Gordon
Hannah Marks Missy Kallenbeck
Kelsey Chow Hot Girl
Kevin McCorkle Mr. Cramer
Andy Gladbach Physics Nerd
Ring Hendricks-Tellefsen Physics Nerd
Barbara Eve Harris Miss Ritter
Stan Lee School Librarian
Danielle Burgio Nicky's Girlfriend
Tom Waite Nicky
Keith Campbell Car Thief
Steve DeCastro Car Thief Cop
Jill Flint Receptionist
Mark Daughtery OsCorp Intern
Milton Gonzalez Rodrigo Guevara
Skyler Gisondo Howard Stacy
Charlie DePew Phillip Stacy
Jacob Rodier Simon Stacy
Vincent Laresca Construction Worker
Damien Lemon Taxi Driver
Ty Upshaw Police Officer with Sketch
James Chen Police Officer
Alexander Bedria Officer (SWAT)
Tia Texada Sheila (Subway)
Jay Caputo Subway Guy
John Burke Newscaster (News Chopper)
Terry Bozeman Principal
Jennifer Lyons Second Girl (Subway)
Michael Massee Man in the Shadows
Amber Stevens Ariel

Technical Credits
Marc Webb Director
Avi Arad Producer
Ernest Avila Set Decoration/Design
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Edward Bell Editor
Andrew Birdzell Set Decoration/Design
Tomas Cohen Associate Producer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
Simon Franglen Musical Arrangement
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Michael E. Goldman Art Director
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Michael Grillo Executive Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Kyla Kraman Associate Producer
William J. Law Set Decoration/Design
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Steve Love Asst. Director
Francine Maisler Casting
Simon Rhodes Musical Arrangement
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Pietro Scalia Editor
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Beatriz Sequeira Associate Producer
Paul Sonski Art Director
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Matt Tolmach Producer
James Vanderbilt Original Story,Screenwriter
Suzan Wexler Art Director
Laura Ziskin Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Amazing Spider-Man
1. Scene 1 [7:46]
2. Scene 2 [6:53]
3. Scene 3 [8:17]
4. Scene 4 [10:00]
5. Scene 5 [8:26]
6. Scene 6 [7:17]
7. Scene 7 [6:28]
8. Scene 8 [8:05]
9. Scene 9 [9:11]
10. Scene 10 [5:22]
11. Scene 11 [6:43]
13. Scene 12 [9:21]
14. Scene 13 [8:57]
15. Scene 14 [9:16]
16. Scene 15 [8:36]
17. Scene 16 [15:23]

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