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Review: Amazing Spider-Man
Eric Schaen (07/05/2012)
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Gwen Stacy in Spider-ManMuch like the original film, the story sets up the foundation of how Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man. All of the classic elements of the origin are intact; Peter is bullied in school, the spider-bite, the failure to stop the thief and the lesson of responsibility. The changes are in the handling of these elements that have been altered to create a more contemporary feel.

In the 2002 Sam Raimi film Peter is portrayed as more of nerdy youth with a passion for science and Mary Jane, whereas the new film depicts him as more of a brooding outsider with a passion for science and a certain blond classmate Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

Peter’s search for answers leads him to an old associate of his fathers, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). While sneaking about Oscorp Industries Peter gains the famed spider-bite. Peter begins his career as the vigilante known as Spider-Man and is quickly considered a criminal by Gwen’s father Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) who Issues a warrant for his arrest.

Peter also inadvertently helps Dr. Connors to become the classic Spider-Villain known as” the Lizard”. The Lizard views himself as a creature far superior to humans and soon crafts a plan to transform all of New York’s inhabitants into creatures like him. Peter considers the Lizard his responsibility and makes it his mission to stop the Lizard and save Dr. Connors.

The supporting cast does an outstanding job.

Emma Stone’s Gwen is much more competent than just another damsel in distress girlfriend. Rhys Ifans, who is known for playing some screwball characters, brings the right bit of crazy to the Lizard. Martin Sheen's Uncle Ben is incessantly good and forthright. But, major credit for why this film works goes to its star Andrew Garfield.

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@ Spudeus

He dodged a lot of the lizards attacks, botht the lizard and the green goblin are amped up beyond human, they are going to be a little harder to dodge than a standard human. Withou his spider sense he may have been hit a lot more.

Posted by: WhoME on 7/11/2012 10:34:30 AM
@ Tetravenix: so that power works against a scrub like Flash, but not the Lizard? Just like it was useless against the Green Goblin in 2000. . . I guess it's just no fun unless the hero is ambushed!

Posted by: Spudeus on 7/10/2012 6:02:01 PM
@ Rikshare

out of your mind the swinging effects looked awesome!!! Perhaps you need glasses, lol.

Posted by: Who-Mw?! on 7/9/2012 12:59:12 PM
"The special effects are also updated and feel superior to the original films. Audiences really get a sense of what a rush it would be to swing through the towering skyscrapers of the city. Even Spider-Man’s movements and combat-style mimic the comic book even more tightly than before."

Um, no. the web swinging was way more clunky than its predecessors. Amazing Spidey could barely swing in a straight line and the 360 camera spins in the middle of a slo-mo loop/flip jerked you out of any hope of fluid motion. I'll give you the better fighting/spidey moves with the quick dodges and web wraps, but the web swinging scenes were just bad.

Posted by: Riksheare on 7/8/2012 9:01:19 AM
I really liked the movie. I think I liked it better than the original three Spidey movies. I personally think Garfield portrayed Peter Parker better than MacGuire did. I liked MacGuire, but I think Garfield did a little better. The beginning of the movie was a little... familiar lol, but after the first 30 or so minutes, I liked it.
I agree with Boelabaal, I really like Emma Stone and she is a great Gwen, but I know they are going to kill her off sooner or later.

Posted by: Daniel on 7/7/2012 2:16:57 PM
He had his spider senses. Remember when he closed his eyes and kept the ball away from flash thompson?

Posted by: Tetravenix on 7/7/2012 11:54:27 AM
Overall I thought the film was very good. I think the only problem was that we all know the origin story and the first half of the film covered that. Looking forward to the next one to see where it goes.

Posted by: Dr. Silly on 7/6/2012 7:36:03 AM
My biggest problem with the movie is that I really like Gwen. In the comics they killed her off 3 years before I was born, so to me she was always Peter's past. For the first time I have felt something for the character and that has filled me with a sense of dread.

Posted by: Boelabaal on 7/6/2012 4:57:06 AM
This movie seems pretty polarizing.

I saw it yesterday and I definitely didn't come away with the same impression. I agree that the supporting cast was excellent, but I didn't think Garfield turned out that much better of a performance. Just an adequate one and certainly not one of the high caliber ones that carries a movie on its shoulders (Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner).

In fact, that's how I saw most of this movie. Just adequate. Partway through, I remember thinking to myself "This movie feels like it's borrowing from a hundred different movies" and it's not bringing anything new to the table" (and in many cases in watered down fashion). Even the ending felt like it was borrowed but dilluted but what really hit me the most was that Peter seemed more like "semi-cool retro teen" rather than "turbo nerd" before getting his powers, so what happens when he gets them just had less impact.

When it was all done, I came away from the movie, not regretting going to see it, but just slightly disappointed, hoping that this one was just testing the waters since Raimi's version also started out slow.

Posted by: matlockheed on 7/6/2012 3:58:54 AM
Just saw it as well and basically agree - not only does Garfield shine, but the entire supporting cast is excellent, better chemistry than the Raimi films overall. Action sequences are well-done, although I thought the Lizard looked a little too . . human (?).

Dislikes: Ben's death seems abbreviated (again); Spidey has fast reflexes but still no discernible spider-sense; CG still doesn't quite mesh with live action; not even a cameo for JJJ?

Posted by: spudeus on 7/5/2012 11:02:29 AM