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Wigge Reviews: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

In the event that you have not had enough of Spiderman, Ironman or the Avengers over the past 10 years, Marvel Productions now gives you “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

If these previous films have not made you brain dead — no guarantees — you might find that the most recent addition is quite entertaining and well done. It is not “amazing”, but it is pretty good.

The story is as you know it, and it is knit together as well here as previously: Teenage Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is orphaned and raised by his aunt and uncle. At a visit to a high technology, cross-species genetic research facility, Peter is stung by one of the test tube spiders. His extraordinary powers evolve.

Parker’s uncle is subsequently gunned down in a hapless corner store robbery, and Peter also develops a sense of moral outrage against crime.

The police, always spoilers for anyone in red and blue spandex, think differently — they want to arrest him.

Meanwhile, back at the genetics lab, there is a “Jekyll and Hyde” situation developing. The lead scientist is injecting himself with cocktails that turn him into a very mean and substantial lizard.

As monsters go, this is a pretty good one, and as good-bad conflicts go, this is also pretty well developed.

The story line, graphics, and action sequences are surprisingly good. What makes the movie is the quality of the characters.

Unmasked, Peter is actually beat up after a night of crime fighting.

He’s human. His aunt and uncle (Sally Field and Martin Sheen) are great character actors; and as Peter’s love interest, I would pay just to watch Emma Stone.

I will not ever see another Spiderman movie, but I am happy that I took two hours to watch this one.

Jim Wigge is a retired engineer, Cazenovia resident and film-aficionado, who reviews movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor, at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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