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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.
This was my second run-in with The Amazing Spider-Man, and I really wanted to like it. I think Spider-Man is one of the better superhero characters and it's a real shame that he has decreased in popularity over the years. If you'd have told me ten years ago that most kids, and a bunch of the adult population, would recognise Iron Man over Spider-Man as a household superhero, I would have laughed right in your god damned face. But I'm not laughing now, because this film is a right turd.
I just couldn't get into it for a whole heap of reasons. I like Andrew Garfield, and I think he's an alright Spider-Man, but a lousy Peter Parker. I don't…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Amazing Spider man tells the story of Peter Parker gaining his powers by being bit by a spider(again), taking advantage of his powers to stand up to his bullies(again) having to cope uncle Ben's murder (again), dealing with the public opposing Spider man (again), fighting a villain that constantly bickers with himself (again) who is motivated by scientific evolution/advancement and pressure from corporate bosses (again). Except this time, we have a more unlikable Peter Parker, a subplot about his parents that the film doesn't even develop and a dark and gritty tone that just seems misplaced in a Spider man film.
The cast is great in this movie, and might be its saving grace, mainly from the family dynamics…
Realising it's way, WAY too soon for a Spider-Man reboot, Sony have made a concentrated effort to make this new series (and new Spider-Man) noticeably different from the previous Sam Raimi films.
In doing so, they've robbed the character of everything that made him resonate with audiences in the first place.
The much-advertised 'Untold Story' suggests Peter was destined to be Spider-Man, due to some sciencey gubbins involving his parents. He's Special, and no longer an everyman that children can project themselves onto.
Uncle Ben's death is skipped over quickly. Peter never catches the perpetrator, never realises his culpability, and never learns that "with great power comes great responsibility".
The film ends with Peter deciding to break a promise he made to a dying man. The dying man's daughter is apparently okay with this.
This Spider-Man is easily the least heroic superhero I've ever seen on a cinema screen. What a waste of a great cast.
I love comics, I love comic movie adoptions, but I really cannot dig Spider-Man. Neither the movies nor the comics. So I really do not care if the have raped the comic or not. The movie was fun, even if I am not the target audience....
CGI was partialy surprisingly bad.
A stronger and less camp film than the previous reboot.
I didn't think this needed a reboot. I liked the new actors and style of it, though, but felt some of the ending parts were a copout. Garfield has more depth as this Spider-Man and would fit better with the Avengers than Maguire, but he's also a bit annoying.
Personally, I thought it was a little early for a full out reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, and I had a lot of questions about the choices of the movie, like why did they pick Andrew Garfield? He seemed way too good looking to be a geeky Peter Parker, but he came through perfectly. The director, Marc Webb, had directed 500 Days of Summer, which isn't at all a superhero movie, but he directed it flawlessly. The casting was fantastic, everyone sports great performances. But, unfortunately, the villain is underwhelming. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man is a somewhat improvement over Spider-Man, (the first one, that is) and is a great and fun reboot. With an overall fantastic cast, director, and script, The Amazing Spider-Man is fast, fresh, and fun.
Still mixed on the first reboot - there's a lot of dumb things in it, but there's solid work character-wise.
I'm glad it wasn't just a remake of Tobey Maguire's Spidey, but a different story that's darker and grittier.
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