Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman: A Movie Review

I still don't understand why this movie even had to be made. Are people really running out of movie ideas so bad that they have to remake a trilogy that's not even a decade old yet?


I had no intention of even going to see this, but alas, a bunch of us were heading to the movies and it was the only decent-looking thing playing (except Magic Mike, but we had males with us so that was out of the question). And why is Seeking A Friend for the End of the World already out of theaters?? It just came out a couple of weeks ago! Was it really that horrible? Because I really wanted to see it!

But anyway...Spiderman it was. And it lived right up to my low expectations. It was a good movie. It had excellent special effects and a nice actiony plot that kept you engaged until the very end. But that's about all it had going for it. Everyone knows the plot by now. Boy lives with uncle and aunt after his father has to run away after his experiments become dangerous. Boy gets bit by spider. Boy becomes a vigilante superhero in a red and blue spandex suit. Uncle dies. Boy sets out to avenge his death while also trying to stop a new mutant monster that's terrorizing New York.

Perhaps the biggest problem I have with this movie is that the main character's main desire is never resolved. After Uncle Ben's death, Peter vows revenge on the dirty crook who killed him. Slight spoiler alert here: he never catches him! And after a point in the movie he just stops even trying. You can't have the driving force for you main character just disappear halfway through and then never be resolved. That's something you learn in Screenwriting 101. Come on, now.

Another thing I couldn't get past was the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Yes, the whole awkward kid trying to ask out the hot blonde thing is funny. Up to a point. Some scenes just took it too far. It was just painfully awkward and there was no chemistry at all. I love Emma Stone to death, but not her best work in my opinion. And I wasn't too impressed with Andrew Garfield either. I'd take Toby McGuire any day.

So as a movie, it wasn't bad (except for that one beef I have with avenging Uncle Ben's death), but it just wasn't spectacular. And if you're going to remake a movie so soon and tack the word "Amazing" onto the title then you better make damn sure that it's absolutely amazing. And this fell short for me.

It's very entertaining, but nothing we haven't seen before. And prepare yourself for some pretty painfully awkward scenes between Ms. Stone and Mr. Garfield.

What's next? Are they going to start remaking the Harry Potter movies all over again now?

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