My Spidey Sense is Tingling!

Andrew Garfield takes a turn as Spider-Man.

When you have sons, there are certain givens. Activities will be rowdier. Pushing and shoving are the status quo. During play, anything can and will be used as a gun, including light sabers. Toys will be scattered all over the family room.

And you’re going to see your share of action movies.

Fortunately, I’m a fan of those rock ’em-sock ’em films. I especially like the ones based on comic books, not that I’ve read any of them. So we all looked forward to seeing “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a reboot of the familiar misunderstood superhero’s story.

Here’s the short review: If you’re a fan of this genre, it’s a must-see on the big screen. Andrew Garfield brings an interesting dimension to Peter Parker, a teenager who is bitten by a genetically modified spider. His take on the character is darker and maybe even a bit more intellectual than Tobey Maguire’s. We also get more of the back story about what happened to Peter as a child, and how he came to live with his Uncle Ben (well-done by Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field is miscast here).

Spidey and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) like each other on screen and off.

Sweetening the deal for me, of course, was that Emma Stone was in the movie. I love me some Emma Stone! She’s excellent as Spider-Man’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, who just happens to be the daughter of the police captain (well-played by Denis Leary), who wants to capture the swinging crusader.

The Lizard: Big, green, and ugly

Of course, Spider-Man has to have a nemesis. This time it’s the Lizard, aka Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner, who has serious anger issues and makes a lot of messes.

Much like my sons when they were little superheroes!


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