The Amazing Spider-man - 5 out of 5
I've been a fan of Spider-man since I was a small child. I watched episodes of the old cartoon and read the comics the moment I could hold a comic (and knew how to read as well, of course). I became a loyal fan and stayed one for years...until the clone storyline came in. The story broke my interest in Spidey and I stopped reading the books. Even though I didn't enjoy that story, it did give the awesome of character of the Scarlet Spider.
|I want that hoodie he wears...an intact one, of course.|
Not a "ripped to shreds" one.
When the first Spider-man film came out when I was in college, I was pretty excited to see the webslinger hit the big screen. I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with the end result. I wasn't happy with Tobey Macquire as Peter Parker because I'm not a fan of his acting and I felt he didn't really fit the role of Spidey, however, J.K. Simmons was AWESOME as J. Jonah Jameson and I really liked Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin. I walked out of the theater saying it wasn't great but there were some things I liked.
|"What? I can't hear you. I can't hear a thing in this mask."|
|For nerds like me, we get glimpses of The Lizard in his|
lab coat...and a lot of glimpses of him essentially nude.
|Spidey waiting for his call from S.H.I.E.L.D...|
The Amazing Spider-man gave me all I was looking for.
|A highly detailed cell from the comic pages or a screen shot from the movie?|
Obviously from the movie...duh! Kinda stupid on my part for asking that question.
Retelling Spidey's origins, The Amazing Spider-man shows Peter (Andrew Garfield) losing his parents and struggling to discover where they disappeared to. His search brings him to Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) at Oscorp. Connors used to work with Peter's father and was currently trying to find a serum that would regenerate lost tissue--a search that is shown to be very important to the company and important to Connors himself due to his lost right arm. At Oscorp, Peter finds the super, radioactive spiders and, as we all know, gets bitten by one and gains the powers of a spider--minus shooting webs from his anus. Meanwhile, Connors research goes awry and he becomes a gigantic lizard out to bring about a new jump in evolution on the city and it's up to our new superhero Spider-man to stop him. Who else is going to stop him? The X-men? They got their own problems--99 of them, I believe and often a bitch is one. That's right, Apocalypse, I called you a bitch!
|Yep, Apocalypse is going to de-friend me on Facebook for calling him a bitch.|
As you can tell from my score, I really enjoyed this one. It delivered a Spider-man tale that gave me everything I was looking for in the last three that never arrived. The story was grittier and darker but Spidey still kept his levity. The cast was filled with top notch actors. The special effects were incredible and the action was just awesome!
|Not pictured: The man in the car shitting his pants with fear.|
Right off the bat, the filmmakers cast the perfect actor to fill in the webshooters (and they actually have webshooters this time!!!) in the form of Andrew Garfield. Ever since I saw him in The Social Network, I've been captivated with him. He's an immensely talented kid (I'm two years older than him, I'm legally obligated to call him a kid). He encapsulated the socially discomfort, awkward and uneasy confidence of Peter Parker and the wise-talking but responsibility enthused Spider-man in a way that took me back to the days when I was sitting on the floor reading Spidey comics.
|For you younger readers, Garfield is holding a camera. There was a time they came|
OUTSIDE of cellphones.
|"Just look at my stump and get it over with."|
|In this pic he's got his snout but is missing his usual purple pants.|
|If she was John Cusack, the umbrella would not be shown.|
|How can anyone be mad at him? He's all smiles!|
This could be enough for a regular movie but since it's a reboot of Spidey's origin, they had to bring in Uncle Ben and Aunt May. So they decided to bring in someone who we all really like and the former president of the United States of America; Sally Field and Martin Sheen. Not only do Sheen and Fields do a fantastic job as the adopted guardians of the wall-crawling hero but with Garfield in the mix, the trio really had some chemistry on screen and when Uncle Ben's death ultimately occurs (that's not a spoiler because we all knew it was going to happen), the desire to bring his Uncle's killer to justice feels more palpable.
|"Wait, I die? That's a spoiler for me!"|
And did I mention Spidey actually has webshooters this time? Because he does and that makes me nerd something fierce!
|He once played a New York fireman, now a Captain of the New York police force.|
Next he will be playing a New York garbage man. He's just trying to hit all the bases here.
This summer, for me, was a great summer for the comic book adaptation. I already mentioned how The Avengers was better than sex and this summer also saw the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises but The Amazing Spider-man was also a great addition to my summer geek fun. Unlike Raimi's three, The Amazing Spider-man was able to give me what I wanted in a Spidey movie. The story is darker and grittier, the acting and cast is better, the action is more intense and the direction the new franchise is taking is far more promising to me. I enjoyed this reboot so much, I may start reading the comics again...but if I said that, I would be lying because I've been reading them for awhile now. I just didn't like that clone saga storyline.