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The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Irfan Khan, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Stan Lee

Director(s): Marc Webb

Language: English

Genre: Action / Disaster


The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Con... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 21, 2012, 9:34 pm
Pretty un-amazing, Spiderman.
It kills me that this was one of my fave superheroes as a kid, and that (IMO) they haven;t really done him justice on the big screen.
Deril hated this more than I did, so I'll let him tear into it, but I'll start with the positives. I thought Sheen and Field were good as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. I thought Spidey's CG'd movements were more fluid and less bouncy-rubber-ball than in Raimi's films.
Um....that's about it. The origin story, though delving into a few new elements, didn't need to be rehashed all over again, eating up substantial screen time. The love aspect, dealing with Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane, also ate up waaaay too much screen time. Emma Stone is gorgeous, and I guess teen love is part of Parker's character arc, but move on already, it's boring.
When they finally do get to the money with The Lizard, I found him to be a sub-par villain, also CG'd very poorly. Had he looked more like the comic book version with an actual lizard's head instead of a man's scaly head, I'd have been more impressed, but he just looked lame. The villain is usually what clinches it for most hero movies - we've seen Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc... several times now on-screen. We want to know who they'll be fighting! If it's a lame villain, then meh! The Lizard also kept flipping his motives, but then again, there was a lot of stuff in this film that just didn't make much sense. The dialogue was awful (lots of 'witty' [read: corny] one-liners from Spidey), the story was lazy, and ultimately, Andrew Garfield was, I felt, a poor casting choice for Spiderman. I suppose they'll make their box office money back and continue with this franchise, but this was too soon for a 'gritty reboot' (it wasn't that gritty), and they better come up with something better next time around, or......or, I dunno. I'll probably see it anyways :/

Deril wrote on July 23, 2012, 11:10 pm
This movie was complete bullshit and could have been much, much more. To Mitch's point, I found the whole thing lazy. I actually woke up angry the next morning. Garfield was horrible and the story lacked on so many levels. almost all fight sequences and Lizard scenes were filmed at night which left me feeling cheated on a CG level. I didn't even like the spiderman costume...bah! Bunch of garbage. Will never watch this again and I have no desire to see another Spiderman movie if it's going to be with the current cast / director.
A low point was when Spiderman is swinging along at street level trying to avoid the oncoming traffic. He shouts in a thick NY accent, "Hey! I'm swinging here!" Mitch & I both looked at eachother rollikng our eyes. So stupid.

Deril wrote on July 23, 2012, 11:11 pm
forgot to rate.

By the way, this was on par with the last crappy Superman movie from a few years back.
motleymitch wrote on July 24, 2012, 12:58 am
yeah, I have to agree with the Superman Returns comparison.
I guess we have no souls!

Papamikey wrote on July 24, 2012, 9:28 am
I was teetering on seeing this in theatre or renting, now it's certain: a solid rental.

I got bad vibes from the previews that it "appeared" to be a Twilight meets Spiderman with pouty, forlorn broody teens and dippy one-liners. Spidey has always been corny that way but corny can work or it can fall flat and it sounds like this fell flat.

I've never liked the Lizard as an enemy - would rather have seen Mysterio or Rhino and I REALLLLLY don't want to sit through another back story. I don't think there's a man, woman or child who doesn't know how Spidey became Spidey...you can almost flash up a card saying, "Look. You all know how this got to be...so on with the show!"

motleymitch wrote on July 24, 2012, 9:48 am
Mysterio or Electro would've been good.
Everyone else is a big version of an animal: Rhino, Vulture, Lizard, Scorpion, Puma, Dr. Octopus, etc....
It's definitely a rental while folding laundry.
Jefferygn wrote on July 25, 2012, 8:37 am
I would like to congratulate the Cordes bros for their bitterness and contemptuous reviews of this (apparent) piece of tripe.

Good on you gentlemen. There's hope for you yet!

motleymitch wrote on July 25, 2012, 10:41 am
I concur with our awesomeness.

motleymitch wrote on July 17, 2014, 3:58 pm
And yet, Deril has gone and seen Amazing Spiderman 2 (I have yet to see it). So I throw him the ball: put up that review!

What's your rating of this movie?


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