by Damon Stone
The first half of The Amazing Spider-Man devolved into a mere introduction of the origins of the character and how he comes to understand and get used to his powers. Basically what we already saw from Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man flick. Instead, a continuing adventure would suffice since the rest of the film, which embodied that, was certainly “amazing.”
Fine performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone added freshness to the commercial dialogue, in a world where God-wannabe lizard Dr. Curt Connors, believes that the city would benefit from perfection. Despite the lack of rawness, some of the scenes, like Connors’s arm reflecting through the glass making him believe he has two arms and when the cranes moved to create a swinging path for Parker to save the city, were awe-inspiring. In the end, the line, “but those are the best kind,” which reiterated Parker’s will to break the promise he made to Gwen’s father about not seeing her again, could have been a more solid ending point than the last minute of the film.
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