Friday, June 28, 2013

Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman

Movie: The Amazing Spiderman (2012)
Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Like 5 guys and original characters by Stan Lee
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, & C. Thomas Howell
One-Line Plot Synopsis: Peter Parker (Garfield) follows clues that might lead to an explanation behind his parents’ disappearance.

Did we really need a Spiderman reboot only 5 years after the last Spiderman?  I mean I know Spiderman 3 was pretty much an abomination but why so soon?  This movie seems completely unnecessary.  That’s not to say that they’re not making The Amazing Spiderman 2 right now, to be released in 2014, because, after all, this movie made $262 million in the US alone, and that’s all that really matters.
If we’re ranking the Spiderman’s that have come out, I would put this one in 3rd placebehind Spiderman 2 and the first Spiderman…but way in front of Spiderman 3.  Andrew Garfield is believable as a nerdy Peter Parker (probably because he’s a bit nerdy himself), and Emma Stone is pretty good as Peter’s love interest before be becomes obsessed with MJ, but there’s not much that is new or interesting in this movie that we haven’t seen from Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker.  There’s no greater depth that is being explored or any real new angle that is being taken.  
I wasn’t crazy about Rhys Ifans in the villain role of Dr. Conners/The Lizard.  I guess that both Michael Fassbender and Christoph Waltz were both rumored to play the lead villain but that never came to fruition.  It’s too bad too because I thought Dr. Conners was one of the weaker parts of the film.  The CGI used for The Lizard was above average but leaned more to the side of being cartoonish.  I know he’s a giant lizard but still, I found it not being able to match up to be a formidable nemesis for Spiderman.  Now that I think of it, I kind of wish that Dylan Baker had a chance to re-fill his role as Dr. Conners, but that might be because I was so used to him from the other Spiderman movies.  One of the producers shot down that idea immediately when it was brought up anyway, so no dice there.
The movie is fine, although it is pretty long and laborious at times to get through.  The only thing wrong with it is that there are better Spiderman movies that came out within the last decade or so, rendering this version unnecessary and lesser in comparison (and there’s no way to not make comparisons).
Rating: 6/10
Side Notes:
  • This was Dennis Leary’s first live action film in 10 years.  It doesn’t seem like that long but he was working on Rescue Me for what seems like forever, so I guess that’s right.
  • I see you Pony Boy.  Stay Golden.