This isn’t exactly a review of the new Amazing Spider-Man film. I mean, there are criticisms to be gleaned, but it’s not really my intent to write a review of a film already way over reviewed.
Initially the news of a new Spider-Man movie elicited a deep billowing groan. With all of the incredible comics out there, why would they choose to do anything else with Spidey?
Then I saw the first of many clips and trailers, and a ray of hope appeared. Maybe there was something to this reboot idea after all. Maybe this was going to be different. Maybe Marvel was going to step up and really kick Hollywood’s ass. Think of it, a real live Spider-Man brawling through the streets of New York, head to head with his scaly arch enemy the Lizard. It could be awesome! It wasn’t, but it could’ve been.
Visually this movie does a lot of really cool things. The sense of what it might feel like to be Spider-Man is clear. The sensation of climbing up buildings and swinging in between the massive sky scrapers is unreal.
The acting was really very good. I can’t complain, they all played the roles well, maybe a bit cornball at times, but well none the less.
The special effects were interesting and well produced. The Lizard looked good. I think they should have left him in the Doctors Smock more, but it’s a little thing really. He looked good.
Everything was good, not great, not incredible, not amazing, just good, and if this movie was called The Good Spider-Man the title would have completely encapsulated the film.
The crazy thing about this movie is that it actually took the Spider-Man mythos and added depth. What happened to Peter’s parents? Why didn’t anyone want him to know? What are they hiding? There is something interesting here, something worth exploring, but we didn’t really do much exploring.
The Amazing Spider-Man fails by being mediocre. Marvel has a real issue with following a pattern in their movies. The same basic things happen without fail. We are introduced to our hero and his world. Our hero get’s some sort of super power and must learn to use it. Our hero inadvertently creates a super-villain. Our hero has an epic battle scene at the end and realizes his powers must be used for good. The end.
The predictable “epic” battle scene at the end of these movies has been played out. Remember the epic battle scene at the end of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man 1,2, and 3? I won’t list them all, because I would literally have to list them all.
The story is darker, the visuals are cooler, but essentially it’s just another Marvel Comic made into a movie by Marvel and it feels like you have seen it before, because in a really weird way you have.