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The Amazing Spider-Man

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, 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, 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.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 29 Jun 2012
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Running Time: 2 Hours 16 Minutes
Distributor: SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Irrfan Khan
Director: Marc Webb
Format: 35MM, 2D, 3D, IMAX 2D, IMAX 3D

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Writer: Siti Munawirah Mustaffa

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Watch this if you liked: "Spider-Man"

A reboot made only ten years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" may seem a little too soon, but upon seeing the unforgivable atrocities in the third Raimi film, "The Amazing Spider-Man" might just as well bring some new hope to the comic hero's fans.

To begin with, there is nothing original about the whole story as the audience can already figure it all out from the beginning. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an awkward teenage boy who knows his algorithms and photography, tries to solve the mysteries of his missing father and is eventually led to a scientific corporation known as Oscorp Industries. He gets bitten by a lab spider, becomes a superhuman the next day, and uses his power on the school bully before transforming into a big time hero in the city of New York. It's the same old boring plotlines that you find in every superhero versus super-villain movie.

What makes the remake less redundant is new director Mark Webb's ability to develop the characters and make them look more realistically human. It's easy for the audience to feel Parker's teenage angst and awkwardness. He is, after all, an ordinary boy who lives through his day dealing with school and family matters. As the story rolls, audience can notice the change within Parker as he becomes more responsible and courageous, balancing his double live as a teenager and a hero. Webb made the right choice of having Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, who is definitely not your typical screaming vulnerable heroine that was portrayed by Kirsten Dunst's Mary-Jane Watson. As the director of "500 Days of Summer", Webb does a good job in placing the focus on the characters rather than the action.

The dowsnside is, though, is that it makes the film appears more of a teenage sitcom than a comic book hero. Even the 3D effects and action scenes do not provide any of that 'oomph' found in "The Avengers" or "The Dark Knight".

Despite Webb's attempts at placing more light on the characters' developments, several plot holes could not help but appear along the way. First of all, how does Peter perfect his whole alter ego costume? And why, at the age of 17 does he suddenly decide to find out more about his father who had already been missing since he was 10?

In short, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is predictable, slightly cheesy, yet heartwarmingly entertaining. So, do enter the hall with fewer expectations in order for you to enjoy the show as that's what the film is supposed to do: To please the audience.

Cinema Online, 29 June 2012
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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