Well today is the big day! The day many Marvel fans and fanatics have been waiting for. The Amazing Spider-Man opened nationwide. I got a chance to see it last night in IMAX 3D and was thoroughly entertained. Amazing special effects I’d put akin to The Avengers movie that was released earlier in the year.
That said, as a mom to a wide age range of kids, there are some things to be aware of. In my opinion, the PG 13 is pretty close to what I would suggest, especially if seeing it in IMAX 3D or regular 3D. If you and your family don’t care about the visual effects, I think kids 8 and up would be fine to watch this in 2D. Here is why…
First off, there is only 1 bad word in the entire flick and that’s not even that bad. Uncle Ben says, “Stick a thumb up your A**” As far as PG 13 movies go, that’s super mild! Also there is only 1 big “make out” scene and that is way more awkward after you get used to the new Spider-Man than it is passionate. No sexy scenes or half naked chicks in the movie either (sorry boys!).
The biggest concern is all the dang spiders (really, why would I, an arachnophobic person think this movie was a good idea?!). They were in 3D and larger than life. I got a few chuckles from the guys seated behind me when I would squirm, gasp and cover my eyes. But hey, THERE ARE SCARY LOOKING SPIDERS YO! Don’t laugh. You watch ginormous spiders coming at you in 3D and not squirm.
Okay, I lied, that wasn’t the biggest concern. Really it’s the villain The Lizard that is a bit intense. The fight scenes are typical but in 3D, The Lizard looks way scarier than in 2D. There are a couple of parts that will make even adults jump out of their seats. There is also the scene every adult who has seen the movies knows is coming, with Uncle Ben. That can be a bit scary for kids. Last, there is a scene with a child and fire that can be upsetting to younger viewers.
If you were a fan of the original 3 Spider-Man Movies, you will love this one. There is some obvious repeating of key story lines, like Uncle Ben and the development of the suit (wow, that kid has mad skills in arts & crafts at summer camp to whip out that fancy suit!). And, bonus, Kirsten Dunst wasn’t in it!
My summary for if it is appropriate for kids:
- If your child is 10 and under, I’d suggest seeing it in 2D if you do not want to wait until it comes out on DVD. Some scenes are intense and make you jump out of your seat.
- If your child is used to 3D super hero movies, then 10 and up is fine for the regular 3D.
- For 13 and up I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D. You feel like you are a part of the movie and only a few times do they do the obligatory “throw something out at the crowd” bit. For kids under 13? I personally would not take them to the IMAX version. In fact, my 13 yr old opted not to go with me because it was an IMAX movie.
So now for the snyopsis of the movie if you haven’t yet read it.
The Amazing Spider-Man – Columbia Pictures – Opening: July 3 – Rating: PG-13 – Running Time: 2hr 18 min
Directed By Marc Webb
Written By James Vanderbilt based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Produced By Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
Starring By Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man™. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As 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 (Ifans), 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.