The Amazing Spider-Man: The “Reel” Low-down

Hello true believers! I am Danny G a 40 year old father of 3 girls who loves everything related to sci-fi and comic books. Growing up as an inner city kid in Houston, I would ride my bike to the local 7-11 convenience store to buy a Coke Slurpee and my favorite comic book, The Amazing Spider-man! Through the years, Marvel would fascinate us readers with many different variations of Spider-man comics. Peter Parker the Spectacular, The Web of Spider-man, Spider-man 2099 are a few of my favorites. With that being said, I am going to give you the “reel low-down” on the 2012 movie release of The Amazing Spider-man.

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.

The movie follows the original story line of Spider-man much closer and more detailed than its predecessors. It is not a re-make of the original, but instead a different view point from another director’s perspective, very similar to the comic books I mentioned above, same characters, just different story lines. Our hero goes through many of the same things as before, such as being bullied, the infamous spider bite, and of course the death of his Uncle Ben. How it all goes down and the way it is delivered in the movie, is what separates this movie from being Spider-man to being The Amazing Spider-man!

From the moment my wife and I sat down with our popcorn, M&M’s and Reese’s peanut butter cups, we were “reeled” in as the movie took off and never looked back. We opted to view it in 3D and that was the best decision because the imagery and scenes were made for 3D. We dodged and leaned as the images popped off the screen at us so vivid, we were immersed in the story. And it is the story portrayed in this movie that makes it one of the better Spiderman movies made. You learn more about Peter Parker’s parents and why he was so smart. You see him build his web shooters and make his spidey-suit out of realistic materials. He is also more agile and uses his spidey-sense more often than before. What’s a hero without a nemesis? Least we forget about the villain in this movie, who was extremely well portrayed, the Lizard. The battle scenes are intense, realistic and action packed. They will leave you on the edge of your seat as the3-D images fly towards you and the scenes grab and compel you to cheer on your hero!

All in all, whether you are a new fan or an old fan like me, you will be amazed by the Amazing Spider-man! Until next time true believers, I will keep watching the reels, in order to give you the “reel low-down.”

Danny G


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