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Early Review Roundup: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Soars on Teenage Emotion, Aimed at Women?

Early Review Roundup: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Soars on Teenage Emotion, Aimed at Women?

The Guardian and the Telegraph published first reviews for “The Amazing Spider-Man” today, both generally positive and citing the film’s unusual amount of emotional appeal, largely due to the the cute-hot chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Excerpts and links below.

The Telegraph also notes the film’s copious “soul-searching and lip-biting,” and boldly states director Marc Webb has created “the first superhero movie aimed primarily at women.” Women like lip-biting? Naming this the “Spider-Man” For Women could be a genius marketing angle if women were indeed the largest fan demographic of nerdy Peter Parker and the role’s newcomer Garfield — but are they?

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian:

“It’s the successul synthesis of the two – action and emotion – that means this Spider-Man is as enjoyable as it is impressive: Webb’s control of mood and texture is near faultless as his film switches from teenage sulks to exhilarating airborne pyrotechnics. It’s only towards the end, when there is no choice but to revert to CGI – as Rhys Ifans’ Lizard goes on the rampage – that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ gets a little less amazing: cartoony reptilian carnage has just lost its power to enthral if it’s rather obviously happening inside a computer.”

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:

“Then there’s his needle-sharp young girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who wants to get under his skin even more than that radioactive arachnid did; find out what it is that makes his Spidey-senses tingle. Amid all of the soul-searching and lip-biting, it suddenly struck me: Webb has created the first superhero movie aimed primarily at women.

“Ever since Twilight tipped off Hollywood to the spending power of girls and their mothers, a range of increasingly expensive films aimed at that audience has materialised. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before a superhero suited up with them in mind, although it remains to be seen how die-hard Spider-fans will react to their hero courting a different – some would say rival – demographic.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” releases July 3.

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