Monday, July 9, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man Review


Columbia Pictures' reboot of Marvel Comics most famous wallcrawler directed by Marc Webb and staring Andrew Garfield definitely lives up to the added adjective attached to the film title. A well earned round of applause for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Andrew's performance is not only the best wise-cracking Web-head with straight of the comic posing and fighting on the big screen ever but he also does a great rendition of being a modern nerd while at the same time a love struck teenager, and the beautiful Ms. Stone perfectly brings to life the smart, kind, and caring Gwen Stacy, and they have the best on screen chemistry between a couple I have ever seen and is the heart and real driving force of the film which actually I'm not surprised evolved in to a real relationship between the two actors after filming. I give The Amazing Spider-Man 9 out of 10 Web lines, if Avengers set the bar for how great a Marvel Super Hero movie can be, then ASM is just under that spectacular wise, about on par with Captain America: The First Avenger, and just like Avengers is a very humorous movie, almost every scene has a line to make you laugh.

Being a reboot that had retell Spidey's origin again albeit slightly different, not just the spider bite but also the death of Uncle Ben, which I highly enjoyed Martian Sheen as Uncle Ben, but am I the only fan still kinda disappointed he was killed outside on the street instead of in his house like in the comics again, and also I know they were trying to stay away from Raimi's trilogy, but not getting the "with great power comes great responsibility" quote right in the movie is a little blasphemous, I mean perhaps Peter could combined what his Uncle said with maybe something Captain Stacy said before he died and get the line in towards the end of the movie would of been great. I love that this film had more guy-in-costume jumping around stunts then CGI Spidey, but I felt somethings went "un-re-expalined" or not used like we never got an example of his proportional strength or any kind of display of his Spider-Sense which bugged me. One thing I feel this movie had over Raimi's first film was this origin story felt more like a Spider-Man: Begins/Year One tale, and in my opinion better showed Peter evolve from a young man with new powers looking for vengeance in to gradually learning to be the hero that uses his powers to help others along the course of the film.

Rhys Ifans as Dr. Connors/The Lizard was phenomenal, and I for one am glad they kept the split personality "Lizard's voice" in his head and his plans to turn everyone in to Lizards like him just like in the comics. A great thing about The Lizard as the villain in this film is that he is a publicly known and dire threat to the city towards the end of the movie, rather then just after our hero like the bad guys in the previous Spidey films, where the general populace only heard about the villains in the Daily Bugle Newspaper. I love the design for The Lizard, a great realistic combination of human and lizard, the one thing I did not like though was his way too quick transformations to and from Lizard, and that any time he was damaged in anyway he instantly healed almost like a T-1000, seemed like forced comic-booky/cartoony to me for a live-action adaptation.

Out of all sixteen of Stan Lee's cameos in Marvel movies, this one takes the cake and will forever be the best one, laugh out loud fricking hilarious. The one thing that did fall short in an otherwise sensational blockbuster was the score by James Horner, there was no heroic theme of any kind or any real entrancing music attached to scenes, pretty much uni-toned through out the whole film. Now the final questions: Who was that in Connor's cell in the mid-credit scene? Was is it Norman Osborn? Will we see Osborn in the next film?, and if so will become the Green Goblin or start to become him? Does he already have a psychotic split personality? Answers we can only hope to see in theaters May 2nd, 2014 when the sequal comes along.

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