Rewatched Jul 03, 2012
Matt Zabita’s review:
I wasn't going to do it but my friends pressured me into seeing The Amazing Spider-Man at midnight. I did not have much interest in seeing the film only because Spider-Man 3 only came out 5 years ago. It was too soon and this film is a sign of corporate filmmaking looking to earn more with their cash cow. But overall, I liked the film but found myself to be tired of the material.
Marc Webb did a great job at directing this 215 Million dollar movie. His last movie (500) Days of Summer was made for under 10 million I believe. Quite a big jump. So why did Sony trust an amateur filmmaker with such a huge budget? The reboot included a love story between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy and he seemed fit to bring these characters together. Kudos to Webb and doing a wonderful job telling the love story between them. Luckily, he was able to put together some great action sequences (the few that there were). Webb kept pretty true to the comics and shouldn't disappoint on that end to all the comic book fans.
Andrew Garfield who played Spider-Man, brought new life to the character. Tobey Maguire is a terrible actor to begin with so it wasn't hard to find something that could replace him. Peter Parker/Spider-Man is very sarcastic, especially when he is fighting enemies. Garfield brought that essence out during the fight sequences, whether it was a car burglar or the story's main villian, The Lizard. He didnt have a dopey face on like Tobey did throughout all 3 movies.
Marc Webb wanted to tell a new story of Spider-Man but it seemed all the same to me. This was more of an origin story for Peter Parker rather than Spider-Man. I feel like for the most part, everyone knows the story. He gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains their abilities. This movie shouldnt have been a reboot but just a new story in the Spider-Man universe. The movie took probably a little over an hour just developing the character before you see any real action. There really is no need. It became tiresome to watch a story that I have already seen. Just suit him up and fight crime. As fun and exciting it was to watch Spider-Man fight people, it wasn't anything new. His sarcasm during these fights is the only highlight. Like I said, I think I am just tired of the character and was looking for something new which I didn't get. I might be in the minority though.
I think other studios will learn from this movie. How soon is it to reboot a franchise that just ended? Batman is ending, what will Warner Bros do? You know they will make more movies but how could live they up to the Nolan Trilogy? Its not even just superheroes. There is already talk of rebooting Twilight! The last movie hasnt even come out yet.
I thought it was a great movie, I loved all the characters. Emma Stone, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans were fantastic in their roles. If you don't like the movie, I wouldn't blame Marc Webb, I would blame Sony for wanting a reboot too soon.
Best Stan Lee Cameo is any Marvel Movie
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