With a string of well-written and dazzling-looking movies, it seemed like Pixar could do no animation wrong. But the company’s latest effort shows it isn’t perfect. The animation is still amazing, but an ill-conceived story – about a young Scottish girl who rebels against family traditions – leaves this production as appealing as a two-leaf clover.
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
Director Marc Webb and screen writers James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves found a way to spin the story of the comic book hero with enough originality to appease fans while not straying too far from the well-known Spidey mythology, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko a half-century ago.
Also new on DVD
“2 Days in New York”: Julie Delpy’s sequel to “2 Days in Paris.”
“The Watch”: Comedy about a neighborhood watch.
“Savages”: Oliver Stone’s film that’s based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel.
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