Well hasn’t Spider-Man become boastful. He used to be just your friendly neighbourhood superhero and now he is proclaiming he is amazing. It’s not like he even has a track record with all the rebooting shenanigans going on. Spidey just isn’t in the position to judge how amazing he is or not; that’s what film critics are for. So what do they make of the web-slinger’s return to the big screen in the guise of Andrew Garfield…
It’s a disappointment. Had it been braver, and been willing to sacrifice yet more of the Spider-Man side in place of a more determined Peter Parker-centric story, then there would arguably have been a more interesting film here. That, or it could have committed to, and enjoyed, its superhero status. It doesn’t do either of those things, though.
The Amazing Spider-Man? That’s a stretch. More like the Halfhearted Spider-Man. The Just-Sorta-There Spider-Man. The Familiar Spider-Man. Spider-Man 3 may be the least satisfying of Sam Raimi’s Peter Parker trilogy, but it’s still livelier than this flick
Amazing only matches them [Spider-man and Spiderman 2] when it turns its attention to the characters. Garfield and Stone make compelling leads, with Garfield’s slow accumulation of confidence giving the film its spine, and Stone bringing an abundance of personality to a character who otherwise might have gotten lost in the mix…It’s the most anonymous superhero film since Green Lantern.
Amazing Spider-Man arguably gets more right than it gets wrong, but it is far from being a perfect film. At its core, the movie seems to be, in fact, two films: The hour-long teenage character drama that director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) invests great time and care in telling – followed by a standard superhero blockbuster, complete with 3D CGI battle sequences and an overly-formulaic structure.
Webb, who previously directed the indie rom-com “(500) Days of Summer,” brings a few new images to the table, but almost no new ideas. This is not a matter of going from the Adam West biff-pow-zot Batman to the Tim Burton gothic fantasia Batman, or even from the Burton Batman to the Christopher Nolan terrorism allegory Batman. It’s more like going from the Burton Batman to the Joel Schumacher Batman if Schumacher had been forced to reuse the script from Burton’s film.
An overwhelming yawn of apathy from critics and it seems despite some good work from director Mark Webb it’s impossible to avoid comparisons to the far-too-recent-to-forget Sam Raimi films.
The Amazing Spider-man is released on 3rd of July 2012.
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