Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Irrfan Khan Director: Marc Webb Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Author’s Rating: 3.5/5
Scrape through the slick, ingenious and shiny surface of The Amazing Spider-Man, and you’ll find a vast heart seeded deep in its premise. It is the Cupid’s web that has struck our web slinger and instead of periodic gasps we get intermittent awww. Things pan out pretty well for this reboot as Cupid’s aim hits its mark and Dr. Lizard takes care of any glitches in the storyline.
Sadly, the storyline traces familiar arches in the first hour of the movie. Peter Parker lives with his uncle and aunt, gets bitten by a spider, and recognizes his senses and blah blah!! The only arrangement different from the old dance is the vital secret of Parker’s father. And we have Mr. Connors (Rhys Ifans) to make the proceedings juicy and slimy (pun intended) when the daddy issues are not around!
Consider it director Marc Webb’s talent that despite having a familiar script, The Amazing Spider-Man feels garden-fresh. And so does Andrew Garfield in his stunning portrayal of Spiderman. Trust me, Tobey Maguire is never missed as our boy takes the center stage and swirls around a spectacular web of superior dramatic skills.
When cliff hanged by a mediocre screenplay, onus ultimately lies on the shoulders of the director to give this saga a new breath. Nevertheless, Marc Webb smoothly slips in the shoes of Sam Raimi to direct a grounded and character driven Spiderman. He carries the charm of his previous directorial venture, 500 Days Of Summer and spins an intimate love story along with the hard core crowd pleasing CGI set pieces.
Being critically helmed for her pivotal role in ‘The Help’, Emma Stone gets her first major blockbuster character in the face of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s bold Juliet. Self-assured and gutsy, she is outstanding from the word go.
3D ends up being a spoil sport as the movie fumbles in darkness for most of its parts. Also, it takes ages for the script to reach to a crescendo situation to unleash our full-fledged web crawler. Well, too late fella!
The holes in the script leave an undeniable presence as they surfaces on the cracks of the lustrous atmosphere whenever the screenplay becomes feeble.
The Amazing Spider-Man may not be as amazing as the title suggests, but it does weave an alluring web. When all will be said and done, this will be seen as a perky start for a new franchise carried home by the intoxicating charm of Garfield and Stone.