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The Amazing Spiderman (12A)

In a year when The Avengers broke almost every box office record ever, and Christopher Nolan has chosen to end a legend, it's only fitting that the franchise of Spiderman, the original web slinging hero, should start again now. But how tangled is the web it weaves?

For those who don't know, the story of Spiderman is thus: mild-mannered high school nerd Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider. It's from this moment on that he is given superhuman abilities, and eventually becomes the superhero we all know.

Spiderman is an interesting nut to crack, because his main selling point is that he's just a kid, that he makes mistakes and goes wrong but he somehow pulls it back. That's how he has always been sold, however the last Spiderman movie made a definite turn into the “darker” realms of Spidery personality.

Now, while this new version does have a brooding heart, the movie itself is continually upbeat and a joy to watch. The story is involving without being overworked, and the relationships are realistic without feeling like High School Musical. The evolution of Peter's ability, development and thinking can be followed; and – for once at least –is somewhere near logical, and here the villain is created out of desperation, not anger, hate or vengeance.

So often in cinema villains are made out of pure hatred and seek only distraction, however in Spiderman it's always made clear these people are only misguided, there is no malice to Dr Connors - only a desire to do what he believes is the greater good.

For the first time the focus in Spiderman is on the relationships. There is a lot of Peter Parker in Spiderman, but not a whole lot of Spiderman in Spiderman. This makes the film feel ... different to other superhero movies of late. It's as if new director Marc Webb knows he can take his time to really build a strong and successful franchise.

I'm sitting trying to think of a reason not to see The Amazing Spiderman, and I truly can't think of a single one. It's a film that has a dash of everything and blends well.

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