First, know this: I’m a Marvel kid. I even bought The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 off the newsstands when it first arrived in 1962 (having missed Amazing Fantasy No. 15). So I know Spider-Man, and I love Spider-man.
Now, did I love his latest big-screen reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man, new from Columbia on Blu-ray and DVD Friday? (Handsome trailer–with some footage not in the movie–here.)
Well, yes — this is, after all, my childhood hero, here with all the bells and whistles that today’s state of the art effects can provide, and with much improved casting for the title role in Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), in place of the mumbling, muttering no-show of Tobey Maguire.
In fact, all of the new casting is right-on, from Garfield’s now offscreen girlfriend, Emma Stone, as Peter Parker’s (Spidey’s) stylish onscreen girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, to the gruff and great Denis Leary as her police captain papa, to Welch actor Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, soon to become the lab-coated villain who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 6, The Lizard. (more…)