The Amazing Spider-Man
The untold story begins.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who 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 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.
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.
First things first, yes I'm a fan of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. Well the first two anyway the third is a steaming shit pile. Spider-Man 2 is one of my favorite comic book films of all time. Before seeing this reboot directed by Marc Webb I'd read several reviews where people said they liked this film better than Raimi's first film, but not better than Spider-Man 2. So going in that's how I was hoping it would turn out for me. It didn't quite work out that way.
One thing I definitely liked better about this film compared to Raimi's films is the casting. I think Andrew Garfield is a better Spider-Man, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is well…
Well, it happened. Somehow, I got talked into seeing the latest Spiderman reboot and you know what? Coming from someone who did'nt like the trailers, hated the idea of a reboot, and did'nt want to see this film in the first place, it's actually REALLY good.
I was skeptical about this film not just because it's been so soon since the Sam Raimi films and they're still fresh in my minds, but I did'nt like the fact this was hyped up as a "gritty" reboot. Spiderman does'nt need to be "gritty" because he's not a gritty character like Batman or something. Surprisingly, the gritty approach really works. The human drama works really well and keeps this film contained in reality.…
I am one of the few people in the world that didn’t like the original Raimi trilogy (and yes that includes the second film, officially The Greatest Superhero Film of All Time™) which meant that I was rather looking forward to a new take on the character, even if an origins reboot was a little soon.
I’m pleased to say that for the most part Marc Webb’s take on the iconic hero is the film I have wanted to see since I first read the comics as a kid. What makes this film work for me, where Raimi’s were so flat and off, is in the casting. They aren’t always faithful to the source material (Sally Field as Aunt May…
This film for me was a jumble of hit and misses. I think it did really well in terms of casting: Andrew Garfield deserves major props for embodying the awkward, gawky teenage male that is so recognized from the comics -- much more so than Mr. Maguire (sorry all you Raimi fans). He really understood the role, and with his real life girlfriend and talented actress Emma Stone beside him, both the roles of Peter and Gwen came to life in a way that Maguire and Dunst were never really able to bring. I still had a difficult time enjoying the movie due to its pacing -- I thought the beginning was fascinating and found that the way Parker's slow…
"The Amazing Spider-Man" is a new take on Spider-Man mythology and less cartoonish than Sam Raimi’s interpretation of the world of Spider-Man. The film adds a couple of new things that weren't used in the previous films like the existence of Peter’s parents and Peter using a web-slinging device instead of it coming from his wrists organically. Also, Peter’s transformation is a little more credible as he discovers his power accidently by way of a subway altercation. While Tobey Maguire looked way old to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield is the better choice as he makes more of a realistic character instead of nerdy caricature that Maguire played as Maguire. He has great chemistry with Emma Stone, who is more than just a love interest/damsel-in-distress ala Mary Jane Watson in the previous “Spider-Man” films.
The best Spider-Man film behind Spider-Man 2. Lots of heart.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Firstly, I steadily losdt interest in the Sam Raimi trilogy. The first was alright for a fresh look at a new superhero, the second was nothing exciting and very over-rated and the third was just a big stylish mess. 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is probably equal to parts of 1 and 2, not yet a mess but over-rated, nothing exciting and a decent opening story.
I enjoyed the first 50 minutes or so - it was a nice, developing story about Peter Parker, his family life with Aunty May and Uncle Ben and his issues at school and his hobbies. Interesting there was only about 5 minutes of the story focusing on his photography and no aspect of wanting to work…
So, let's hear it. Is Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man worth watching?
I have no moral opposition to the fact that this is a remake of a movie that was only a decade old. That would have been fine, had it added anything to the story. And really, I expected to like this movie. I generally enjoy superhero movies. I loved Marc Webb's first film, 500 Days of Summer. I'm an enormous Dennis Leary fan, and love seeing him get a chance to act. And Andrew Garfield was a fine choice to take over this iconic role.
But there are so many things wrong with this movie, the reception it has received baffles me.
Let's start with the…
Clunky, sappy, unnecessary superhero claptrap.
Far better than it had any right to be, but still not great. There is something Webb brings to the relationships here that really worked for me, or maybe it was just Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield that worked for me. Whatever it was, I really enjoyed them as characters and would have been happy to watch them interacting for a far larger portion of the film than they did.
Of course it's hard not to have this all feel a little redundant and pointless and while I love Rhys Ifans, the Lizard looked terrible and was pretty uninteresting. Pretty much the entire Spider-Man origin and the associated action was kind of boring, aside from a few short pieces here and there. A shame really, because there was probably a good film in here somewhere.
I guess what I really wanted was 500 Days of Spider.