Yesterday, I attended my first big budget movie of the Summer with The Amazing Spider-Man and wanted to share my thoughts:
The acting is quite good - Andrew Garfield provided a Peter Parker that was a little more confident and snarky than Tobey did in the originals. While it was a stretch to believe someone as good looking as Andrew Garfield would be the school nerd, he handles the role with a qwerky yet natural demeanor. After emo Tobey in Spiderman 3, his representation of the character is more than welcome.
Also, Emma Stone and in particular Martin Sheen both are successful in portraying interesting characters while still feeling natural.
Marc Webb was the right choice - Sony took a big chance hiring Marc Webb, who's only experience was 500 Days of Summer, to be the director of this film. I gotta say though, other studios should emulate Sony because for the most part he did a good job. The character scenes in the movie I think are better than any other comic book movie attempts which tend to do these like crap. He revels in the small moments and is able to make the non action scenes feel relatable and compelling.
The Villain is Dumb - With the main nemesis being a doctor, you'd think he'd hatch a better plan for better reasons than he did. Not only is his misguided turn to evil not earned, but just the idea itself doesn't make sense on why he would want to do it. What's funny is that earlier in the movie he tries to stop his employer from basically doing the same misguided idea. Yet for whatever reason later in the movie poorly justifies himself to do basically the same thing. Really this was one of the low points in the movie.
Did we need this movie? - Since Sony was trying to keep the license from Disney they would say yes. If you're a movie goer though, its kind of hard to justify the existence of this movie because it is so much like the first one. The origin story is an hour of the movie and much of it is extremely similar to the original. This gets to the point where you sit there hoping that certain turns in the film won't happen and that it will somehow surprise you. Every time though, it doesn't and you go "Wow, this is going to be the same isn't it".
Overall, I think The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty good. However, I think if the original didn't exist somehow, this movie would be much more positively received. It's really not fair to the cast and crew cause they did do a very good job, but its impossible to not feel a little cheated watching the same origin story again.
Despite these issues, I don't regret seeing this in theaters but, almost more importantly, without the obligation of the origin story I think the second one has a real chance of being a much better film.
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