Reviewed Aug 02, 2012
Chris Davis’s review:
I was very skeptical about this movie when it was first announced. I knew a Spider-Man reboot was inevitable. All super-hero franchises are just waiting to be rebooted, but this time, I was really against this film... that is, until I saw it.
While I really enjoyed the previous Spider-Man trilogy (or to be more accurate, the first two films of the trilogy), I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man as well. In my opinion, it's better in some ways, and not so better in others. For one, I liked Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Peter Parker, a lot more than Tobey McGuire's, which is one of the first things I imagined I would despise in this film.
He was a lot more relatabe and likable, for me. I felt that Gwen Stacy and Peter had some real chemistry. And her, as an individual character, I found was a lot more interesting to follow than MJ. That being said, the characters in this film were a lot more interesting, than those of the previous Spider-Man franchise. Well, other than Uncle Ben and Aunt May, even though their portrayals were... good enough, and the acting from Martin Sheen and Sally Fields was good.
The only thing that brought the film down for me was the villain. While I like the way his story was executed, it was hard for me to not think about Green Goblin. The plot surrounding this film was there, but I felt more interested in the previous film's plot. But, that's just personal taste.
However, I do think they handled the "origins" of Spider-Man better here. We got to see him play around with his powers a lot more, and it was a whole process of him learning what he can do. I appreciated that.
Overall, if someone asked me to pick an actual favorite between Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man... ultimately, I think I would go with the former, but I would have to do some serious thinking before I shot out an answer, which is a job well done by the makers of this film, because like I said before, I was strongly against the idea.
Cool, authentic take on the Spider-Man universe, and I look forward to the inevitable sequels to this movie.