The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man(2012)
 - Parental Advisory for Children Under 13 Years (For Action and Violence)
Genre/s: Action 
                 Science Fiction
Released on July 3, 2012 (US Release Date, Available for Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures

 Director: Marc Webb
 Writers: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Steve Kloves, James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent
 Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field
Your friendly neighborhood, Spider-Man gets a rebooted adventure in this movie. Welcome once again, and today we're reviewing Spidey's previous film. With it's sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming really soon to theaters, it's really necessary to talk about its predecessor.


What is the movie about?

With Sam Raimi abandoning his planned fourth installment for his Spider-Man franchise, Sony Pictures rebooted the franchise, basing more on the Ultimate version of the web head. If you're wondering what that means, the Ultimate version of him and several of Marvel characters are modernized versions of themselves, with a more mature tone and slightly altered origins and personalities. We have a lot of films based on the Ultimate Marvel comics line, but they will be featured separately in the coming months.

Marc Webb replaces Sam Raimi as director in the movie. In the film, Peter Parker, played by Garfield (The Social Network), discovered a mystery linked with his parents. Curious, he sets out to discover the truth about them and sneaks into OsCorp Tower, the company where Peter's crush, Gwen Stacy, played by Stone (Easy A) works. While investigating a chamber in the tower, a mutated spider bites him on his back. Now with new found spider powers, Peter makes an updated version of Spidey's costume and wears the mask as Spider-Man.

However, Dr. Curt Conners, played by Ifans (Notting Hill), forced himself to try his new lizard formula that he created with Peter, while Peter was investigating the mystery. He did this because OsCorp did not accept his project, so he wanted to prove to them that it works. It worked, but it eventually transformed him into the vicious, Lizard. Capt Stacy, played by Leary (Ice Age), Gwen's father, branded both Spidey and Lizard as criminals, and he pursued both men. Spidey must learn to accept the death of his Uncle Ben, played by Sheen (Apocalypse Now), keep Gwen and her father and his Aunt May, played by Field (Forrest Gump) out of harm's way, and stop the Lizard before all is lost.

What I think of the movie?

The movie re-encounters the predictable origin story of Spider-Man from the previous films, but with a few twists and turns. These added plot twists are mainly directed from the Ultimate Spider-Man books. A clear example is the mystery of his parents. There were also changes from both continuities. These include Dr. Conners (He does not work for OsCorp, but Peter's professor), Uncle Ben's murder (Uncle Ben was supposed to die in a car while waiting for Peter, who was away, plus, Peter was supposed to be in a boxing match instead of a store setting), and Peter's occupation (He is not a member of the Daily Bugle. In fact, he doesn't even have a job here).

Though the original trilogy was much more dedicated to the source material than it's successor, not being fully dedicated to the books and the story becoming somewhat predictable, this movie still managed to be a pretty amazing film. An amazing movie indeed via the spectacular performances, especially from Garfield and the other leads. The kick-butt CG action sequences are the highlights of the film. I'm really excited for the sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where in Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, BJ Novak and Dane DeHaan rise up as Electro, The Rhino, Alistair Smythe and The Green Goblin, respectively to fight the Spidey. The sequel will come out on May 2, 2014, worldwide.

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Spotted!: Trivia and Hidden Surprises (Spoiler Alert!)

Source 1, Source 2
1. Shocking Surprise - While Spider-Man was chasing a hoodlum (who he believes to be Uncle Ben's killer) through an alley before he went to the abandoned gym, there were a pair of yellow pants, with red shoes, which were hanging on clothesline. This is a possible reference to one of Spider-Man's enemies, the Shocker. For more information about Shocker, click here.

2. Master of Illusions - Just before Spidey swings to the aligned cranes to fight the Lizard, take a look at the moon. There is a cloud there which is positioned at the bottom of the moon, which peculiarly forms into a fish-bowl shaped helmet with a cape. This is again a possible reference to another Spidey foe, Mysterio. For more information about Mysterio, click here.

3. Gwen Stacy Dies - On the same scene as the previous Easter egg as the web-head started to swing, the sound of his Spider Sense can be heard. It is quite difficult to be heard since the soundtrack is loud. The Brooklyn Bridge is also seen in the background. If heard and identified, a comic book fan will know that this is a reference to Gwen Stacy's death in the comics. This may even be foreshadowing future events in the succeeding films. For more information about Gwen Stacy's demise in the comics, click here.

4. Lightning Strikes Twice - In the post-credits scene where in Dr. Conners is incarcerated, lightning flashes in the background and he is talking to the mysterious "Man in the Shadows". The lightning signals Electro's debut in the sequel, because Electro is mainly an electric manipulator. For more information about Electro, click here.

5. Hidden in the Shadows -The "Man in the Shadows" knows a lot about Peter's parents. Honestly, it could be anyone of Peter's parents' enemies or OsCorp thugs. Honestly, I don't know who it is. This isn't an Easter egg, but this is a little something from me to keep you all guessing. Good luck!
6. The Man - Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee makes a cameo as a librarian caught in the cross fire of Spidey and the Lizard's battle. Throughout the sequence, he is completely unaware that they are in a battle because he was wearing large headphones, but Spidey was able to save him just in time from being hit by a table.

7. The Horns of the Rhino - In OsCorp Tower, a hologram of "The Tree of Life" was projected. There are several animals in the projection, and these animals are said may be used for the Cross-Species (Animal/Human Hybrid) experiment. If one looks closely, there is a rhino. This is yet another possible reference for the upcoming events. In other words, this references Rhino, another Spidey fiend. For more information about Rhino, click here.

8. Spidey's A Fan -Community star, Donald Glover is seen at the background of Peter's room, but in a poster form.

9. Flash of Lightning - Finally, near the end of the film with the Mysterio surprise, a flash of lightning was seen. This is another reference to Electro.


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