Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Alvin Sargent(screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans
What they say: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
What I say: Is just slightly over a decade too soon for a reboot? The fine folks at Sony Pictures sure don’t seem to think so. The Amazing Spider-Man reboots the entire story subbing Gwen Stacy for Mary Jane Watson and the Lizard for the Green Goblin. Other than that? This is the exact same movie. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sam Raimis version of the film, but while I like the story better this time around I feel like the film was miscast from top to bottom. Emma Stone is ok as Gwen Stacy, but everyone else fells so wrong. Sally Field as Aunt May? Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben? And Andrew Garfield…oh dear god was he so wrong as Peter Parker. I never once was convinced that he was Peter Parker. This left a bad feel to the entire film however.
The story, while familiar, was fine. Direction and cinematography was good as well. And the Blu-Ray presentation was phenomenal. It was lush and clear with good color and great use of the DTS sound. I really enjoyed this aspect of the film.
Although it’s only been 10 years since the last time we experienced this story, it was well dopne and enjoyable. I just wish that the actors were better chosen.
This package also included a 2nd Blu-Ray with extras, a DVD copy of the film, and an Ultraviolet copy of the film.