The Amazing Spider-Man, 2012, Marc Webb
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.
Early poster’s for Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise claimed ‘the untold story’, however the first act of The Amazing Spider-Man felt very familiar. Once Peter is bitten though, the film thankfully starts to move in a different direction from Sam Raimi’s trilogy, more loyal to the source material, funnier, but also in many ways lacking in substance.
The acting is the main thing that stands out in this film, Andrew Garfield’s performance makes Tobey Maguire look like a complete amateur, and Rhys Ifans’ surpasses even Garfield’s. The CGI also is extremely good, however is wasted on the terrible cinematography, almost every shot in the entire film was made purely for audiences watching in 3D, so that something would pop out at you every 2 seconds, focusing more on that than decent filmmaking and it really brings the film down. The script is good for the most part, especially when it’s funny but it is incredibly dulled down, there is nothing to think about, nothing to figure out, even the flies on the cinema wall know exactly what is going on, and it makes for a boring and rather cringey experience.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to see this, and although it surpasses all 3 of Raimi’s films, The ‘Amazing’ Spider-Man’ isn’t quite what the title promises.