August 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man
Presented By:
Columbia Pictures

Run Time 136.0

Peter Parker is the classic high school outcast who was left by his parents to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. He is also weaving his way through his first high school crush.

When 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.

Is this the fifth Spider–Man movie, or is it a reboot of the series – the start of the next Spider–Man trilogy? It can be a little difficult to keep track, but audiences don’t seem to be tiring of the story. A quick search for "Spider–Man" on the Internet Movie Database ( confirms the franchise’s popularity with nearly 75 film, TV, video, and video game titles!

Director Marc Webb has put together a thoroughly enjoyable two and a half hour adventure. All the big emotional buttons get pushed: from hilarious to gut–wrenching, and heart–warming to brutal, everything gets thrown in the mix. I really enjoyed this movie.It didn't bother me that we see again how Spider-Man becomes Spider–Man. I’m not a comic book reader, so I don’t know or care if The Lizard is a new character. The only thing that bothered me were some continuity issues. And to know what those are, you’ll just have to go see the film yourself and see if you notice them, too!

Reviewed by: FIDM Museum Coordinator, Michael Black