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The Amazing Spider-Man
The untold story begins.
Peter Parker is an outcast high schooler was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. 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, 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.
I got a lot of grief when this opened from Spider-Man fans for giving it a 2.5 star review.
I was WAY too generous.
Garfield and Stone do have legitimate chemistry. They're terrific together. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN does not make me excited for the sequel, but it does make me wish these two would star in an old school Tracy and Hepburn-style romantic comedy. That would be very interesting.
Y'know what's NOT interesting? This movie. It's ugly, sloppy, dumb, and slow, and a huge step down from all three of the Raimi movies (yes, even the third one). It's just one bad choice after another. There's a slo-mo skateboarding montage. There's characters who show up, do nothing, and vanish. (Irrfan Khan,…
I don't care what anyone says, this is my Spidey and I love it, warts and all.
Before I continue I feel the need to emphasise that I in no way factor in the debate about the necessity of a reboot this soon, nor will I compare them to Raimi's three films as I consider these factors irrelevant to my opinion of this film. Films should be judged in their own right, if they're good, they're good, if not, too bad.
This film has some problems that lie mainly within the script and the pacing. It tells the origin of Spider-Man well enough, but it skirts over some of the 'getting to know you power' bits too quickly. The focus…
Your father was a very secretive man, Peter.
I am in shock at how good this film was and at the decisions that were made in doing the reboot. Those decisions are what makes the film so good. I have to say that I think this film is better then the first Spider-Man. Was a reboot necessary? No, but who cares. I don't watch films because they are necessary, I watch them to be entertained.
The decisions made that surprised me is that the film probably has less action, less villains and less characters in general then Spider-Man 3. So obviously if all you want is more action and villains you're not going to like this much.
I'll remind you what happened. Richard Parker said just about the same thing then that you are saying now. The clock is ticking, Dr. Connors.
My original review can be read here.
This is the first time I've rewatched Amazing Spider-Man since seeing Life of Pi. I forgot that Irrfan Khan was in Amazing Spider-Man. I forgot that Peter Parker's father was named Richard. Every time Khan said "Richard Parker" I was looking for the tiger.
Two or three minutes into the "The Amazing Spider-Man," I shifted in my seat, worried that the film was about to make no connection with me whatsoever. My shifting was for not as "The Amazing Spider-Man" is an excellent superhero film. Providing a personal, emotionally resonant, and somewhat low-key origin to the beloved-by-many character, the film is solidly-crafted, ideally-cast, exhilarating, and moving. Though it slips into well-worn, super hero operatics in its final act, this film, with its heart of a quieter film and its soul of a monster movie, is an undeniable pleasure.
When Sony Pictures decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, I wondered if there really was a need for it considering that not much time had passed since Spider-Man 3 came out & overall, this franchise hadn't fared as worse as others to justify a reboot. Anyway, moving on... The Amazing Spider-Man tries to bring on screen the story of our friendly neighbourhood from its origins. Everyone must already be aware of the premise but in case you're not, it tells the story of Peter Parker & how he became Spider-Man. Also, an ugly & stupid villain is thrown in here who unintentionally turned out to be more funny than scary.
Director Marc Webb tries very hard to take this movie away from Sam…
watched at: theatre
watched with: parents
In 2002, Sam Raimi released his take on Spider-Man, the ever-popular comic book superhero. Upon release, it was praised in many aspects, and was a massive box office success. Two years later, a sequel was released to even more positive acclaim and the title of "one of the best superhero movies of all time." However, Raimi missed his mark with Spider-Man 3, which was a box office success, but received mixed reviews from critics. Spider-Man 4 fell into Development Hell, and five years later, the series was rebooted as The Amazing Spider-Man. Many elements of the movie still seem too fresh for a reboot, but The Amazing Spider-Man is even better than its predecessors.
Much like the original Spider-Man, The…
Imagine being a spider on the wall at Colombia Pictures and overhearing the following conversation between various movie execs (the collective noun for which would be a bastard of movie execs):
ME1: You know what I like more than money? More money.
ME2: For sure. What was the last franchise that gave us more money?
ME1: Oh yeah - that paid for me to build my mansion entirely out of crack cocaine
ME2: For sure. I bought an island full of pygmies and rule over them with an iron fist
ME3: I gold plated my cock...my wife was a bit perplexed...
ME1: So we should make another Spiderman? I didn't think Sam Raimi or Tobey Maguire wanted…
Oh mah DOG this thing iz unwatchible KARP. It is like some kind of half-asleep twelve-year-old's spec script except they went and made it in to a very bad movie. Nothing about this film is any good at all except Emma Stone is soooper cute and funny. She does what she can with some terrible lines, but there's far too little of her. Dennis Leary is also not bad, but he's not especially good. Not much saving that character, I'm afraid. Poor Sissy Spacek and hapless Martin Sheen are both just holding down narrative space. Oh, it's awful. Awful, awful, awful. Bad, bad, bad. How many ways can I say it? SUCK.
Marcus North Shore
Ultrascreen, Seat CC10
With the exception of the second Raimi movie, I find this to be the best spider-man movie yet. I find Andrew Garfield to be the superior Spider-man (pardon the pun) and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy was a better love interest than Kirsten Dunst's MJ and they really stepped up on the action.
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