The Amazing Spider Man (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | July 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

4 stars

After his parents abandon him, Peter Parker is left with his aunt and uncle. He is then bitten by a spider and decides to be a superhero: Spider Man. He has powers of a spider, like climbing up walls and making webs. Along the way he must stop the Lizard from wrecking havoc on all of NYC and deal with his love for Gwen Stacy.

Everybody has their own opinion. Some people (most critics, like me), think that the world doesn’t need a new Spidey, when it’s only been five years since his last big screen adventure. Others (fans), don’t care if it’s been five years or a day since any superhero last swung or flew or hurtled in the dark. At least we are left with a good Spidey.

Andrew Garfield takes the role this time, after Tobey Maguire left the shoes (and “skin tie red and blue suit”) of Peter Parker/Spider Man. I prefer Garfield over Maguire, because of Garfield’s ability to play Peter and Spidey, both with equal verve. At times, though, Garfield plays the lonely side of the character. He does this with the same amount of talent. As far as Garfield’s acting goes, rest assured: a star is born.

What about the film as a whole? For a summer blockbuster with a brand new star, this goes beyond expectations. The CGI is really cool, a term that can’t be applied enough in today’s films because of the lack of plot development. (While I’m talking about effects, I might as well add the 3-D is certainly worth the extra money.) Since (for me), plot comes first, I won’t be looking to see if the effects are cool unless the story is working. And fortunately here it does. Keeping with the style of the Sam Raimi trilogy, The Amazing Spider Man is very dark. But the tone suits the film well, giving it a vibe that allows the story to make sense. Unlike The Avengers and some other recent superhero films, this film gets it right. It has the giddy, childish fun that you’re looking for, but it also has great chemistry with Garfield and Emma Stone (she is great in the role of Gwen Stacy, previously played by Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard’s daughter).

The effects are good… well mostly. Whenever Spider Man gets flung through midair his hands are shown in front of the camera, in slow-motion. This gives us the feeling that we’re watching a video game and that’s not what I want. Those few times, we feel as if we are Spidey, but in the weirdest of all ways. The effect is trying to make you feel like you’re behind the camera, reaching your hands out, in front of the camera. The feeling is very bizarre. Out of all the times the audience may have wanted to feel as if they’re Spider Man, I don’t think when he’s falling to his possible death is their number one option.

In the rest of the film though, we feel like we are Spidey, but more importantly Peter, all because of Garfield. Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, and for the most part Sally Field (she has a twinkle in her eye when she’s not sure if her nephew is dead) do a great job as the supporting cast: whenever the film runs out of gas (it does a few times), it has this great collection of actors to bring it right back up to the top. Fortunately, for the most part, The Amazing Spider Man stays at the top.

My favorite character is Peter Parker/Spider Man because even though he is repeatedly beat up in school and he has no parents, he still manages to make the best of it all.

My favorite scene is the climax because it sets a lot up for the (that’s right) 2014 sequel, while also showcasing the talented animators jaw dropping CGI and dishing out some emotional notes.

The Amazing Spider Man is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and I agree.

The Amazing Spider Man is finally here and it doesn’t disappoint. Okay, okay it does sometimes, for example at the beginning I kept thinking, “did they have to do the exact same thing they did in the Sam Raimi version?” (the truth is they kind of did have to), it’s a bit confusing at times, and at it feels like it ends three times (fortunately each time was a good ending). But still, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone lead an “amazing” cast and the story is substantial. I think this is understandable for a film about high school teens: high marks.


3 Responses to “The Amazing Spider Man (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Richard Alan Scott
    July 6th, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    To both of you: I absolutely agree! I have not stopped thinking about the movie since I got out of it last night at 7. I would go far enough to say that this deserves a spot as a best picture nominee at the Oscars. Incredible cast, tremendous filming (best 3-d movie since Hugo for sure) and the two leads are extremely good in it. I really felt like I was swinging around the skyscrapers, but I was even more impressed by the characters and plot and how Marc Webb took the time to make us care. Amazing is the proper word!

  2. flickflack
    July 7th, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I agree with everything you said. Did you know there are already two sequels set to come out? The writers are changing. Unfortunately, the new ones directed Transformers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the next two films in the trilogy are as good as this, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Also, one last thing: have you seen the Tobey Maguire trilogy? If so, what did you think? Thanks for the comment! From, Flick

  3. Richard Alan Scott
    July 16th, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    Guys- I HAVE seen all of the Sam Raimi Spiderman films. I only decided to buy the first two, which I loved, but they dropped the ball on the third, particularly with the depiction of Venom, whose appearance I had looked forward to so much. One thing that had always annoyed me in the first trilogy was how often Spidey had his mask off. I was glad they did that sparingly in this newest reboot.

    I will really hope they at least keep director Marc Webb for the next two. I will trust that he’d guide them to being good films. -Dick

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