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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)

The 2012 film directed by Marc Webb Based on the Marvel comics character

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Marc Webb's retake on this successful franchise suffers only from coming out too soon

  • Jul 16, 2012
Rating:
+3

Marc Webb's retake on the story of Spider-Man has probably one big flaw in the whole scheme of things. The fact that it got released probably too soon and most definitely at a moment full of so much hype for the other blockbuster contenders. We all remember Sam Raimi's nostalgic trilogy where it all began surprisingly good, followed up by one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and ending up with one of the best comedies ever made purely by mistake. Marc Webb wanted to take Spider-Man into a total different direction being influenced for the most part by Christopher Nolan's work on The Dark Knight trilogy. And God did he delivered! Not only The Amazing Spider-Man is darker and more attractive in tone to moviegoers of all ages but it also made a huge leap from it's predecessor, making justice to the franchise after the atrocious and poisonous ending. 

The story is much more captivating, it is set in a much more believable world, it has a better developed emotional core, and better contrast between the characters. Complaints about how repetitive this film might be are stupid since we're dealing with an origin story that's been pretty much changed in terms of details, being much more related to the original source material. The addition of a darker tone, the addition of a better relationship between the characters, the addition of better built-up moments, the better use of suspense, and the addition of the modern visual spectacle, all work in favor for this to be considered the best Spider-Man film to date. 



The most obvious difference is the narrative construction of this film and the character development. Not one thing someone does is left with no purpose or meaning, every decision, no matter how important it is, is taken because of a strong given reason. On top of the gritty and less colorful look, the movie infiltrates moments of comedy or romance that work extremely well by not being overdone or too superficial. It seems that everything related to the story was dealt with the utmost respect by these people and I can only praise their choices. The acting also helps a lot, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) really stealing the show. He manages to successfully incorporate the awkwardness and nerdiness of high-school, and the c*ckiness and sarcasm, probably even douchiness of his "spider-persona". He's so good in this it's impossible to not like him. Every transition, subtle or sudden, works perfectly for his character. Emma Stone as his love story Gwen looks better than ever in leather boots and blond hair but Rhys Ifans completes the main characters triangle as the eloquent, secretive, unstable and awkward Dr. Curt Connors. The best thing about this whole cast which includes names like Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) or Sally Field (Aunt May) is probably the chemistry. They are so connected with each other you can feel every bit of emotion when they have something to share. It's a wonderful display of character work and professionalism that is really rare among most comic-book movies.



There is something though that might irritate some people. I would say the pacing is not really perfect. The movie takes a while before it picks up and some moments could be considered as small fillers but they're in no way useless. For someone who is in no hurry, this tiny aspect won't be a problem. The action scenes are very well done, the CGI is top notch, the Lizard being very expressive and well maneuvered. There's a really good coordination behind every moment of action. I'm gonna go a bit more controversial by saying that James Horner's work on this movie is really good because it manages to add to the identity of each scene, it manages to make that scene heroically memorable, emotionally more engaging or funnier than it really is. 



The Amazing Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man film feature and the best comic-book movie in the last years, creating potential and making room for it's next sequels. Less kid-friendly, better written, darker in tone, visually exciting, and with an impressive ensemble cast, Marc Webb's retake on this successful franchise suffers only from coming out too soon at a moment when all eyes are fixed on movies like The Dark Knight Rises.

Storyline/Dialogue: 8.5
Acting: 8.5
Technical Execution: 8.6
Replay Value: 9
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OVERALL: 8.5
Marc Webb's retake on the story of Spider-Man has probably one big flaw in the whole scheme of things. The fact that it got released probably too soon and most definitely at a moment full of so much hype for the other blockbuster contenders. We all remember Sam Raimi's nostalgic trilogy where it all began surprisingly good, followed up by one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and ending up with one of the best comedies ever made purely by mistake. Marc Webb wanted to take Spider-Man into a total different direction being influenced for the most part by Christopher Nolan's work on The Dark Knight trilogy. And God did he delivered! Not only The Amazing Spider-Man is darker and more attractive in tone to moviegoers of all ages but it also made a huge leap from it's predecessor, making justice to the franchise after the atrocious and poisonous ending. 
 
The story is much more captivating, it is set in a much more believable world, it has a better developed emotional core, and better contrast between the characters. Complaints about how repetitive this film might be are stupid since we're dealing with an origin story that's been pretty much changed in terms of details, being much more related to the original source material. The addition of a darker tone, the addition of a better relationship between the characters, the addition of better built-up moments, the better use of suspense, and the addition of the modern visual spectacle, all work in favor for this to be considered the best Spider-Man film to date. 
 
The most obvious difference is the narrative construction of this film and the character development. Not one thing someone does is left with no purpose or meaning, every decision, no matter how important it is, is taken because of a strong given reason. On top of the gritty and less colorful look, the movie infiltrates moments of comedy or romance that work extremely well by not being overdone or too superficial. It seems that everything related to the story was dealt with the utmost respect by these people and I can only praise their choices. The acting also helps a lot, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) really stealing the show. He manages to successfully incorporate the awkwardness and nerdiness of high-school, and the c*ckiness and sarcasm, probably even douchiness of his "spider-persona". He's so good in this it's impossible to not like him. Every transition, subtle or sudden, works perfectly for his character. Emma Stone as his love story Gwen looks better than ever in leather boots and blond hair but Rhys Ifans completes the main characters triangle as the eloquent, secretive, unstable and awkward Dr. Curt Connors. The best thing about this whole cast which includes names like Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) or Sally Field (Aunt May) is probably the chemistry. They are so connected with each other you can feel every bit of emotion when they have something to share. It's a wonderful display of character work and professionalism that is really rare among most comic-book movies.
 
There is something though that might irritate some people. I would say the pacing is not really perfect. The movie takes a while before it picks up and some moments could be considered as small fillers but they're in no way useless. For someone who is in no hurry, this tiny aspect won't be a problem. The action scenes are very well done, the CGI is top notch, the Lizard being very expressive and well maneuvered. There's a really good coordination behind every moment of action. I'm gonna go a bit more controversial by saying that James Horner's work on this movie is really good because it manages to add to the identity of each scene, it manages to make that scene heroically memorable, emotionally more engaging or funnier than it really is. 
 
The Amazing Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man film feature and the best comic-book movie in the last years, creating potential and making room for it's next sequels. Less kid-friendly, better written, darker in tone, visually exciting, and with an impressive ensemble cast, Marc Webb's retake on this successful franchise suffers only from coming out too soon at a moment when all eyes are fixed on movies like The Dark Knight Rises.
 
Storyline/Dialogue: 8.5
 
Acting: 8.5
 
Technical Execution: 8.6
 
Replay Value: 9
 
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OVERALL: 8.5
Marc Webb's retake on the story of Spider-Man has probably one big flaw in the whole scheme of things. The fact that it got released probably too soon and most definitely at a moment full of so much hype for the other blockbuster contenders. We all remember Sam Raimi's nostalgic trilogy where it all began surprisingly good, followed up by one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and ending up with one of the best comedies ever made purely by mistake. Marc Webb wanted to take Spider-Man into a total different direction being influenced for the most part by Christopher Nolan's work on The Dark Knight trilogy. And God did he delivered! Not only The Amazing Spider-Man is darker and more attractive in tone to moviegoers of all ages but it also made a huge leap from it's predecessor, making justice to the franchise after the atrocious and poisonous ending. 
 
The story is much more captivating, it is set in a much more believable world, it has a better developed emotional core, and better contrast between the characters. Complaints about how repetitive this film might be are stupid since we're dealing with an origin story that's been pretty much changed in terms of details, being much more related to the original source material. The addition of a darker tone, the addition of a better relationship between the characters, the addition of better built-up moments, the better use of suspense, and the addition of the modern visual spectacle, all work in favor for this to be considered the best Spider-Man film to date. 
 
The most obvious difference is the narrative construction of this film and the character development. Not one thing someone does is left with no purpose or meaning, every decision, no matter how important it is, is taken because of a strong given reason. On top of the gritty and less colorful look,  the movie infiltrates moments of comedy or romance that work extremely well by not being overdone or too superficial. It seems that everything related to the story was dealt with the utmost respect by these people and I can only praise their choices. The acting also helps a lot, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) really stealing the show. He manages to successfully incorporate the awkwardness and nerdiness of high-school, and the cockiness and sarcasm, probably even douchiness of his "spider-persona". He's so good in this it's impossible to not like him. Every transition, subtle or sudden, works perfectly for his character. Emma Stone as his love story Gwen looks better than ever in leather boots and blond hair but Rhys Ifans completes the main characters triangle as the eloquent, secretive, unstable and awkward Dr. Curt Connors. The best thing about this whole cast which includes names like Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) or Sally Field (Aunt May) is probably the chemistry. They are so connected with each other you can feel every bit of emotion when they have something to share. It's a wonderful display of character work and professionalism that is really rare among most comic-book movies.
 
There is something though that might irritate some people. I would say the pacing is not really perfect. The movie takes a while before it picks up and some moments could be considered as small fillers but they're in no way useless. For someone who is in no hurry, this tiny aspect won't be a problem. The action scenes are very well done, the CGI is top notch, the Lizard being very expressive and well maneuvered.  There's a really good coordination behind every moment of action. I'm gonna go a bit more controversial by saying that James Horner's work on this movie is really good because it manages to add to the identity of each scene, it manages to make that scene heroically memorable, emotionally more engaging or funnier than it really is. 
 
The Amazing Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man film feature and the best comic-book movie in the last years, creating potential and making room for it's next sequels. Less kid-friendly, better written, darker in tone, visually exciting, and with an impressive ensemble cast, Marc Webb's retake on this successful franchise suffers only from coming out too soon at a moment when all eyes are fixed on movies like The Dark Knight Rises.
Storyline/Dialogue: 8.5
Acting: 8.5
Technical Execution: 8.6
Replay Value: 9
 
OVERALL: 8.5
Marc Webb's retake on the story of Spider-Man has probably one big flaw in the whole scheme of things. The fact that it got released probably too soon and most definitely at a moment full of so much hype for the other blockbuster contenders. We all remember Sam Raimi's nostalgic trilogy where it all began surprisingly good, followed up by one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and ending up with one of the best comedies ever made purely by mistake. Marc Webb wanted to take Spider-Man into a total different direction being influenced for the most part by Christopher Nolan's work on The Dark Knight trilogy. And God did he delivered! Not only The Amazing Spider-Man is darker and more attractive in tone to moviegoers of all ages but it also made a huge leap from it's predecessor, making justice to the franchise after the atrocious and poisonous ending. 
 
The story is much more captivating, it is set in a much more believable world, it has a better developed emotional core, and better contrast between the characters. Complaints about how repetitive this film might be are stupid since we're dealing with an origin story that's been pretty much changed in terms of details, being much more related to the original source material. The addition of a darker tone, the addition of a better relationship between the characters, the addition of better built-up moments, the better use of suspense, and the addition of the modern visual spectacle, all work in favor for this to be considered the best Spider-Man film to date. 
 
The most obvious difference is the narrative construction of this film and the character development. Not one thing someone does is left with no purpose or meaning, every decision, no matter how important it is, is taken because of a strong given reason. On top of the gritty and less colorful look,  the movie infiltrates moments of comedy or romance that work extremely well by not being overdone or too superficial. It seems that everything related to the story was dealt with the utmost respect by these people and I can only praise their choices. The acting also helps a lot, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) really stealing the show. He manages to successfully incorporate the awkwardness and nerdiness of high-school, and the cockiness and sarcasm, probably even douchiness of his "spider-persona". He's so good in this it's impossible to not like him. Every transition, subtle or sudden, works perfectly for his character. Emma Stone as his love story Gwen looks better than ever in leather boots and blond hair but Rhys Ifans completes the main characters triangle as the eloquent, secretive, unstable and awkward Dr. Curt Connors. The best thing about this whole cast which includes names like Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) or Sally Field (Aunt May) is probably the chemistry. They are so connected with each other you can feel every bit of emotion when they have something to share. It's a wonderful display of character work and professionalism that is really rare among most comic-book movies.
 
There is something though that might irritate some people. I would say the pacing is not really perfect. The movie takes a while before it picks up and some moments could be considered as small fillers but they're in no way useless. For someone who is in no hurry, this tiny aspect won't be a problem. The action scenes are very well done, the CGI is top notch, the Lizard being very expressive and well maneuvered.  There's a really good coordination behind every moment of action. I'm gonna go a bit more controversial by saying that James Horner's work on this movie is really good because it manages to add to the identity of each scene, it manages to make that scene heroically memorable, emotionally more engaging or funnier than it really is. 
 
The Amazing Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man film feature and the best comic-book movie in the last years, creating potential and making room for it's next sequels. Less kid-friendly, better written, darker in tone, visually exciting, and with an impressive ensemble cast, Marc Webb's retake on this successful franchise suffers only from coming out too soon at a moment when all eyes are fixed on movies like The Dark Knight Rises.
Storyline/Dialogue: 8.5
Acting: 8.5
Technical Execution: 8.6
Replay Value: 9
 
OVERALL: 8.5

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July 17, 2012
I really wanted to like this movie, I liked its attempt at a more serious tone and I liked Parker in this movie; but the script just bothered me a little too much because of its missteps. Also, Spidey loses his mask more times than all of Raimi's movies put together. I still think that Spidey 2 is the best Spider-man movie, and this is better than the 2nd sequel. Good review as usual though. :)
July 17, 2012
Thanks. I think a lot of the things you dislike add more realism to the universe. I'm really curious about the sequels. I hope they won't get lazy and they'll keep pushing the envelope on this one.
 
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Director: Marc Webb
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: July 3, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios
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