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2.5 starsThe Amazing Spider-Man - 7/5/2012

This evening Sarah and I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man at Movies 10 in Nelsonville.  This film is a re-boot of the Spiderman series and starred Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

The first Spiderman was released just ten years ago and the most resent episode came out in 2007.  So, did the series need a re-boot?   No.  Absolutely not.

The first half of the film is a complete waste of time.  The re-boot required the retelling of Spiderman's origins which is completely unnecessary.  We don't need to go through the loss of Uncle Ben and Peter's guilt.  Seeing Peter get bitten by a spider again is pointless.  It doesn't make any difference in the story if Peter dates Mary Jane Watson or Gwen Stacy.  Whether Spiderman's webspinning is mechanical or biological is irrelevant.  If Peter attends high school or college doesn't matter either.

The relationship between Peter and Gwen seems a little too mature for a couple of high schoolers.  And speaking of high school, how in the world does a high school student get a high-level job in a bio-tech lab in the middle of Manhattan?  Yeah, who would build a bio-tech lab in a high-rise in the middle of New York anyway?  Who would ever approve that?  The new storyline also has an additional mystery about what happened to Peter Parker's parents that could have been written into the series without a re-boot.

Once you move past all that crap, it's actually a good movie.  There is lots of action and plently of stunts and special effects.  The story is actually pretty good too.

This is a good film.  Check it out.

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