The Amazing Spider-Man Review
What we liked:Trandon explains the good stuff.
What we disliked:Sergio explains the bad stuff.
For this review we decided to try something a little different. Sergio and Trandon both watched the movie and will give their different perspectives. It’s not about being right or wrong, but you are encouraged to take sides & leave comments!
Neither Sergio nor Trandon was injured during the review of this movie.
Sergio’s perspective: The Amazing Spiderman does live up to its name, but not in the way you might think. It’s Amazing that Sony Studios who owns the rights to our favorite wall crawler and writer James Vanderbilt can’t stick to the origin we all know and love. It’s also amazing that these writers think that the fans of this character are going to swallow whatever they decide to feed us. I am not saying that this is the worst Spidey movie ever. That belongs to the Spiderman 3 (2007), which takes the all-time biggest disappointment trophy for a super hero comic book adaptation. But I have many issues with this incantation.
For example, why would you cast a relative unknown, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) to play Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy both whom play and fit their parts well and then cast Fields and Sheen as two characters that they don’t resemble in any way? Amazing!
Also, why cover the origin in this movie again? It was already covered in the first movie and they wasted an hour ruining the origin we all know by heart instead of developing the Lizard. Amazing! Oh, and what happened to the famous line, “With great power comes great responsibility,” which was left out too.
Now, I am not telling you not to go see this movie. If you aren’t an avid reader of the comics, please see it, you will be entertained. If you’re like me and know the Spider-Man story prepare to be disappointed. Stop feeding us garbage!
Trandon’s perspective: I agree the comic book adaptation of the movie was not identical, but when you interpret anything a few details may be changed. The movie was entertaining and meant for the big screen. The cinematography was excellent and there was never really a dull moment. If you believe any movie adapted from a book or comic will be the same when it hits the big screen stop fooling yourself.
Casting Andrew Garfield was good move. Emma Jones did a phenomenal job also. I get tired of watching the same actors portray superheroes. Maybe they should have picked Tom Cruise to play as Spider-Man and made everyone happy. Toby did an amazing job of being one of the worst actors to play as a Marvel hero. Why does an actor have to be well-known to be casted to play a role?
Keep in mind not everyone is familiar with the Spider-Man origin. Covering the back story allows new fans to see how it all started. Missing one line doesn’t make the movie horrible. I agree the Lizard needed more development in the story, but leaving out some parts is not a bad thing. It allows viewers to use his or her imagination and try to figure out what he is hiding in regard to Parker’s father.
We both agree that producers need to start learning from movies like Avengers and the Dark Knight, which are great comic adaptations to the big screen. Sometimes it’s just as simple as picking up the comic book itself and reading the story.
At the end of the day, you decide how AMAZING the movie was or wasn’t.