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Movie Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Katherine Marra's movie reviews from a teenager's perspective - "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Men in tights still draw people in. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star in the newest Marvel film, “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Peter Parker (Garfield) is a nerdy, awkward teenager whose parents disappeared when he was ten years old. He now lives with his aunt (Sally Field) and uncle (Martin Sheen). When rummaging through an area of his basement, Peter finds his father’s briefcase, which holds a clue that will open the door to unlimited scientific possibilities.

This clue leads him to Dr. Curt Connors, a scientist at Oscorp who used to work with Peter’s father. Gwen Stacy (Stone), one of Peter’s schoolmates, happens to work at Oscorp as well. While snooping through Connors’ lab, Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider that brings him supernatural powers, which he decides to use for good. He creates a suit for himself and claims the name, Spider-Man.

Being that this film is another Marvel superhero film, I was expecting to see aliens or portals to other worlds. However, “The Amazing Spider-Man” stays on a realistic level by presenting the scientific descriptions of Spider-Man’s powers and the creation of The Lizard. Of course, you have to use your imagination for some aspects, but you have to remember that this was originally a comic book.

One of the few complaints about this movie is the fact that the first “Spider-Man” was released just ten years ago. Many believe that remaking the series is unnecessary. To respond to that, I say that most of the people who are watching “The Amazing Spider-Man” are not the people who watched the first series. I was seven years old in 2002 and I didn’t know the Spider-Man series even existed.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” greatly impressed me. My eyes were glued to the screen and I didn’t want it to end. I give this movie a 9 out of 10.

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