Your friendly neighborhood blockbuster

By Kyra Smith-Cullen
A&E Editor

September 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of Marvel

“The Amazing Spider-Man” uses drama, romance and action to trap audience members into the plot of Marvel’s latest blockbuster.

While the movie hasn’t gotten the hype that the other summer superhero films have, it will definitely leave its audience immensely satisfied.

In this version of Spider-Man, Peter Parker is more of a scientist than a photographer and that plays into the overall plot of the movie. Almost all of the main characters have a scientific background, from love interest Gwen Stacy to mentor Dr. Curt Conners. If you aren’t a major science buff, the explanations might even sound plausible.

There is a lot of character growth, primarily done by Peter Parker. The story focuses on how Spider-Man changes from a vengeful vigilante to a hero. However, the villain goes from wanting to heal all wounds and diseases in humanity to trying to ‘perfect’ humanity, which lands him right in the category of ‘villain.’

The casting decisions were very well done. Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker with effortless shifts between the sarcastic, witty teen and the responsible hero. Just as spectacular is the chemistry between Garfield and his leading lady, Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy. It was easy to immerse yourself in the action and romance on screen.

If there was one aspect that stood out about the movie, it was the special effects and camera angles. In one scene, there is a clever juxtaposition of a basketball hoop’s backboard and the bursting of a bubble gum bubble. Even seeing it in 2D can give the audience the feeling that they are moving with the movie, all because of camera angles.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” takes a classic superhero movie and twists it so that it can stand in today’s world. It’s a stunning film that will make you want to go back and see it again.

If you have seen the movie and want to share your insights, feel free to leave a comment on this article at

Editor’s Note: If you didn’t get a chance to see it over the summer, Price will be showing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ on September 28 at 7 pm. 

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