Movie review: The Amazing Spider-man (2012)


‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is one of the highly-anticipated blockbusters of the year. This film directed by Marc Webb is a total reboot to Sam Raimi’s ‘Spiderman’ trilogy back many years ago, and it is a stand-alone superhero film by Marvel this year, separating it from the large ensemble of superheroes in ‘The Avengers’ film.

First of all, I am a bit disappointed that a reboot is planned rather than following the continuity from the previous films directed by Sam Raimi which are good enough to provide a successful path to ‘Spiderman’ character in box office. It’s like after you have watched a three films of it, then you have to turn back to watch the beginning part of ‘Spiderman’ once again, from this latest film but with a different villain and girlfriend this time around. Well, no doubt that people would still compare ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ to Sam Raimi’s ‘Spiderman’ trilogy, and if I do, I find any one of the trilogy by Sam Raimi is a bit better.

Regardless of all those very favourable feedbacks over this film, for me, I find ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ isn’t that amazing after all. The first half of the film is quite boring to me. Besides than having some good and funny moments from Peter Parker (Spiderman) realizing his new powers and abilities, I don’t find anything else interesting on the first half of the film, before the villain, ‘Lizard’ surfaces. Even when the ‘Lizard’ appears, there is no sense of intensity felt which is bad. The audiences should have felt excited over how Spiderman is going to battle all out with the evil ‘Lizard’, a transformation by Dr. Curt Connors. But I’m not. The giant ‘Lizard’ just came out, made some little destroy, had a plan but definitely failed in the end, and out of sudden, turned over a new leaf and saved Spiderman instead. (Sorry for a little spoiler). Not enough ‘power’ shown from the ‘Lizard’.

Another worst thing about this film is that it highlighted a lot over the romantic relationship between Peter Parker (by Andrew Garfield), the Spiderman with Gwen Stacy (by Emma Stone). That is unnecessary too much in the film, leading to limited time for exciting battle scenes between Spiderman and Lizard. Very disappointing. Who wants to know so much over their relationship? Even the kids in the cinema with us felt very bored over their numerous scenes together. Their scenes are making things slow in the film, eventually dragging the whole story to nowhere. Well, we are expecting intense fighting scenes and that are only shown in a very small proportion.

Well, it is no doubt that the visual effects are great for this high-budget film. Many scenes showing the beauty of New York City at night with Spiderman flying all around are brilliantly produced. But that wouldn’t save the movie much from all those weaknesses I had pointed out just now. Andrew Garfield portrayed a much comedic and ‘younger’ feel of the superhero and that is a good thing, which makes it different with Tobey Maguire’s portrayal as a much matured Spiderman in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. The plot for ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is much more complicated and with certain twist involving the background for the missing of Peter’s parents and their relationship with Dr. Curt Connors, which opens up for sequel possibility that is further hinted from a scene shown after the ending credit that reveals a mysterious man in the shadow that is expected to be the villain on its planned sequel. Don’t know why but I find that things can be made simpler and much easier to understand from this kind of superhero films as it can gets more attention from the kids as well, right?

So, overall, it’s still a good worth-watching film, but fails beyond my expectation and anticipation. Not that entertaining, interesting or exciting either. It doesn’t really perform very well according to my perspective. I’m sure it is going to gain a lot from box office intake, but I am quite disagree to most of the positive reviews given to this film. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ a total of 6.8.

(The images from this post are not mine and are obtained throughout various sources from the internet)

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3 Responses to “Movie review: The Amazing Spider-man (2012)”

  1. Definitely thought you’d have given it a lower score while I was reading your review, but since I gave it a 7 in my review I can’t argue. Just curious though, you even like Spider Man 3 better than this one? I know that Spiderman 2012 felt like a rehash of the 2002 version but I actually like Garfield and Stone much better in their roles than Maguire and Dunst in the Sam Raimi films

    Anyways feel free to check out my review of the movie and let me know what you think, I always like feedback from fellow reviewers 🙂

    http://rorschachreviews.com/2012/07/05/the-amazing-spider-man-review/

    • vincentloy Says:

      yup, i prefer spiderman 3 more than this ‘the amazing spiderman’…there was more exciting battle scenes from the former compared to the latter.

  2. An additional benefit of this product is its expense.

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