68. The Amazing Spider-Man – Marc Webb (2012)

First Viewing.

I don’t normally get around to writing up reviews for blockbusters because;

  1. there’s already plenty of other material around to read.
  2. there’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said.
  3. I prefer writing about smaller films
  4. laziness

That all being said I thought I’d put up a few words about The Amazing Spider-man. (I don’t much care for Spider-man being hyphenated, Batman isn’t and it looks much cooler.) I’ll start with the good stuff; Andrew Garfield made a very good Spider-man. I’m not sure if I preferred him over Tobey Maguire’s version, but he did an admirable job taking it over. Rhys Ifans was, likewise, excellent in the role of the antagonist. He makes for a very smarmy bad guy. The 3D was pretty pointless, but I did enjoy the POV shots of Spider-man swinging through NYC. It brought together the excitement and danger of that escapade. And, overall, there was nothing I hated about the film.

My main complaint about the film is the same one that pretty much everyone else has, it’s very similar to the Raimi films that came out ten years ago. The director is basically retelling the same standard story all over again that we’d seen in Spider-man (2002) But, I can completely understand why they’ve gone that way. Plugging in a new Spider-man, but continuing the Raimi story wouldn’t have worked all that well, in my opinion. It didn’t work with the previous Batman franchise. So now you’re left with telling viewers a story they already know, which doesn’t make for great cinema.

If the Raimi films didn’t exist then I’d probably add an extra mark to the score, but lack of originality means it won’t be getting anything higher than a seven from me. At the start of the summer it was below both Avengers Assemble and The Dark Knight Rises in my expectancy level, and it certainly wasn’t as good as Avengers Assemble, and, I hope, expect, The Dark Knight Rises ends up being the best of all the summer blockbusters.

Marks out of ten – Seven



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6 responses to “68. The Amazing Spider-Man – Marc Webb (2012)

  1. skyewithane

    I just saw it and likewise. My thoughts were the same.

  2. Yeah you are spot on with this. The trailers had gotten me excited that this was going to bring something different to the origin story. But so much of it was the same ground that Raimi covered in his first Spiderman film, he just did it better. Having said that I liked the film, just totally unnecessary.

  3. I had similar thoughts. I thought the 3-D was bad and most of the story was a rehash of the original. It’s entertaining, but Sam Raimi’s telling was much better. Good review.

  4. Tom

    I might have to disagree a little here with the originality part. The overarching story, yes, shadows the Tobey Maguire ones, there’s no doubt about that. However, whereas Raimi’s Spiderman was big on effects and action sequences, i thought this version explored much more of the awkwardness of being the guy who becomes the spider. It’s more of a character study than Raimi afforded himself in his trilogy. Both are great though.

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