Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man review, another worthy reboot
The Amazing Spider-Man is the reboot to the incredibly popular trilogy directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as the web slinger. It's only been 5 short years since Spider-Man 3, Raimi and Maguire's final crack at the superhero. Sony decided to start a new, and here we are today. Marc Webb became famous after 500 Days of Summer; he was tapped to direct this reboot. Sony's decision had fans scratching their heads. They doubted what the director of a romantic comedy could bring to the table of a big budget action film? I'll get to that in a moment. Then came the "you can't win" casting of Andrew Garfield. I PERSONALLY was excited because I knew the calibur of actor that Garfield was. Also cast was Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's love interest. Rhys Ifans plays the villain in the movie, Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. Denis Leary plays Gwen Stacy's father and the captain of the police department. Rounding out the cast are Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Our New Spider-Man
but damn it I told you so. The actor is terrific. Physically, Garfield is more like the comic book hero than Maguire was (tall and skinny rather than short and ripped). In my opinion, his take on the character was more grounded in reality than the previous trilogy. Then again, everything in this movie was more grounded in reality than the previous trilogy, except maybe the villain. Garfield gets to show off his acting chops in some great scenes with Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. You believe the pain he feels about losing his parents and the mystery behind their leaving him. Garfield's Peter Parker is not as big of a nerd as Maguire's, and that's a good thing. Again, staying grounded in reality made for a better film I think. Nice job.
The Rest of the Cast
Superman (1978); director Richard Donner has gone on record to say, if he could convince the audience that Superman and Lois Lane were in love, he could convince them an actor could fly. Garfield and Stone's real life relationship shined on screen, their chemistry was undeniable. The writers also chose to go the Batman Begins route, and focus on the man behind the mask. And like Batman Begins, it's not until half way through the movie do we even see the character in spandex. Like I've stated above, I liked how much the movie was grounded in reality and how it was about the people, not the action.
James Horner (Avatar, Titanic) wrote a beautiful score. Soft and caring when the movie was too, then grand and epic when it needed to be. And also stealing from Batman Begins, Horner doesn't reveal Spider-Man's new theme until the climax of the film. When scoring Batman Begins, Hans Zimmer stated that the character hadn't yet earned the theme, until the very end. I thought that was an amazing way to use music to reflect the growth of a character. Awesome.
The Special Effects/Action
What I didn't like about the film:
I Finally Care About Spider-Man