The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
A decent reboot.

Alright, guys, I’ve already written two reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man, and I really don’t feel like writing another. Instead, I will simply copy-and-paste my latest review…with a few changes here and there.

I first reviewed this movie when it came to theaters, but I am revisiting this film in the third dimension, to see how well they did it. When I reviewed “Titanic 3D”, I did so because the movie was post-processed from 2D into 3D and I explained how it’s not a work of magic. The Amazing Spider-Man was actually filmed on 3D cameras, which if you didn’t know already, is two cameras made into one. Anyways, I liked this film before, but I had my issues with it, let’s see how it holds up.

Apparently, this is the “untold” story of Spider-Man. I guess Peter moving into Uncle Ben and Aunt May’s is new, and Uncle Ben dying as a result of Peter’s negligence is new, and maybe even Peter deciding with great power comes great responsibility is completely untold as well. People, listen up, this is not the “untold” story of Spider-man, this is the semi-untold story of Peter Parker.

Peter Parker was dropped off at his Uncle and Aunts when he was just a boy, after something serious was going on and his parents had to leave. At his Uncles, Peter finds an old briefcase that his father owned that held scientific research that his father was working on with Dr. Curt Connors.  It would also appear that Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru knew there was something up with his father, like he was Darth Vader….Okay fine, they knew about Dr. Connors, and they just didn’t want to lie to Peter.

Yes, this part of the movie focusses on Peter’s real parents, and how there is some kind of deep story with them, which will be stretched and told over a trilogy (or more, actually) of Amazing Spider-Man films. That is very new for a Spider-Man franchise, but I really don’t know how I feel about it, I guess it’s interesting, and nice to see something different for a change. Moving on.

Peter stalks out Dr. Connors in order to find out more about his father. He sneaks into a tour of Oscorp labs, and winds up getting stuck in an experimentation room filled with radioactive spiders. Spiders begin raining down on him…and well, you know what happens there. Fast forward through all the “Oh snap, I have powers” stuff, Peter begins to help Dr. Connors in his research to grow his lost arm back. When his Uncle is shot dead, that’s when Peter decides to start the Spider-Man process. From thereon, Dr. Connors tests the serum that he and Parker concocted, and voila, we have The Lizard, our main enemy of the film.

Every different interpretation of a comic book superhero is allowed to shape it into what they want, but there is something they can’t do, change the very basics of what made that character, that character. There are two parts of the Spider-Man character, Peter Parker and the hero. Back in the early 2000′s, Tobey McGuire did a great job at playing Peter, but not so much with Spider-Man. The same goes vice versa, Andrew Garfield did a great job playing Spider-Man but I could not for the life of me see Peter Parker in there. This guy was pretty smooth, somewhat popular, not a full on geek, as Parker is often seen as, he rode around on a skateboard, and barely ever wore his glasses, even when he couldn’t see properly. He was pretty much Spider-Man on both occasions while Maguire’s persona was pretty much split into polar opposites.

Now part two of what makes Spider-Man who he is, is in my opinion, the other characters. Yes, it had Uncle Ben and Aunt May, but there are two others that I’ve always seen as extremely important to the mythology, Harry Osborne and Mary-Jane Watson. How can you possibly have Spider-Man without Mary-Jane? Yes, they had Gwen Stacy played by the perfect girl for Mary-Jane, and the sequel’s actress for Mary-Jane is probably more perfect for Gwen….and I don’t know, it’s kind of iffy there for me. Let’s also not forget that J. Jonah Jameson doesn’t show his Spider-Man hating face in this film either.

Part three of what makes Spider-Man who he is…is Spider-Man. I won’t go all out and say that the pacing was absolutely wrong, but it was very different.  Peter doesn’t dawn the tights until half the movie is over, which gave time for characterization. The characterization was pretty humorous a lot of the time, which leads me to I think the most important part of this review, the writing. Also, I will say that the whole…birth of Spider-Man is done so much better here than in 2002. I like the actor for Uncle Ben in Tobey’s version, but I like the sharp, stern, while still loving portrayal by Sheen here. I especially like his reaction to the robber in this film most.

I think this is the most thought out Spider-Man movie in terms of writing. When looked at deeper, a viewer will recognize several different and important storylines. Somehow, everything tied in together wonderfully, making this the best written Spider-Man movie of all time. That’s only talking about general filmmaking, I still think major elements of the Spider-Man cannon were ignored.

Let’s talk about graphics. The 3D wasn’t overly impressive, but at the same time wasn’t headache inducing. Yes, as any 3D film is bound to have, there were some noticeable pop-out moments, but a majority of the film was more of the pop-in variety. So the 3D was pretty good, but those who like pop-out might find better luck with other films. In general, the graphics were pretty good. I didn’t think I would, but I loved the web shooters, I loved the suit, and the quality of the computer graphics in regards to the Lizard.

So is The Amazing Spider-Man amazing? In a sense, yeah it is. However, it is not without its faults, Spider-Man movies everywhere still have miles to go to hit that perfection mark, but they are getting closer. For now, check this film out. Whether or not you agree with me, I find it hard to believe you won’t love the film for being thoroughly entertaining throughout its entirety.

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