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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…
I love this movie the most and It's my favorite Spider-Man movie. I watched it, many times. But it was on TV, for the first time on ITV. So I watched it on Saturday 30th May, when it was shown on TV.
Massive review so... continuing later.
Garfield really rocks the roll, and the story is just different enough from Raimi's that it feels fresh. I only wish this group would continue within the MCU. As a character, Spider-Man is cool and interesting, and will be a welcome addition to the Avengers (I hope).
Part of the Sci-Fi Original vs. Remake Battle Royale
There is plenty of fun to be had in Mark Webb's reboot of the popular superhero franchise. Much more in fact than I remember, and it is done in a significantly better way than its 2014 sequel.
The Amazing Spider-Man does the original trilogy some justice, in that it continues on where Sam Raimi had intended to go with his ultimately ill-fated Spider-Man 4. As it introduces popular comic baddy The Lizard as its antagonist. Dr. Kurt Connors, played by Rhys Ifans, is your typical super-villain. In a plot perplexingly similar to Raimi's first installment, a brilliant scientist running low on time and funding tests his experiment on himself. He goes…
Reboots on repeat. Spider-Man be constant y'all.
Spectacularly un-amazing. Dull, dull, dull. Why reboot something that was working, and far, far better? Won't bother with the next one. Sole saving grace was President Bartlet.
Notes on this viewing:
Webb's voice isn't nearly as suffocated as in the sequel, but the interference of clumsy screenwriting is still too noticeable for this to ever be as good as Raimi's first.
But there's a certain something here, an uncommon tenderness that I feel has been absent in the superhero genre in recent years, and I can't help it, this keeps me coming back for more.
So yeah... well done Marc Webb?
In keeping with giving credit where it is due, a huge part of establishing that feel is (the recently late) James Horner's score. When I first saw this film I didn't really think much of Horner's work here, but in the past three years I've honestly…
Here's the thing with The Amazing Spider-Man, it's a reboot of Spider-Man and it came out not that long after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. So I always thought it was a pointless idea, why reboot something that hasn't been gone that long. But we got it anyway. I liked Raimi's first two Spider-Man films, I thought they were fun and the first one is the earliest superhero film I remember watching all the time. This film doesn't have the advantage of my young mind and the awe I felt when I first saw Spider-Man but I have to admit that this film does have a few things better than the Raimi Spider-Man.
Peter Parker is a nerdy school pupil who's…
A forgettable, but at least pretty harmless superhero-movie. When put in contrast with it's sequel that feels far more cynically constructed than this.
With exception of Garfields performance, some of the web-swinging and some action-sequences i stand pretty much indifferent to the rest of it. I just was not invested in the relationship between Peter and Gwen. Essentially there is a lot of that so one can understand why this movie is useless to me.
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