The Amazing Spider-Man Review

I might have to think about it a bit more, but I may just be able to call The Amazing Spider-Man the best film to come out of Marvel Studios. To be completely honest, that’s not saying very much at all because I don’t think very highly of the movies Marvel has produced. For one, I can easily say that The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man Trilogy.

Once again, not saying much. The original Spider-Man trilogy isn’t even good, so to say The Amazing Spider-Man is better isn’t much of a compliment. It is, however, also better than The Avengers in everyday. It’s more entertaining and it actually has two dimensional characters to care for. The Amazing Spider-Man is a pretty good movie, unfortunately though the movie wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.

In essentially reworking and crafting a completely different tale about a young loner who would one day become Spider-Man, Marc Webb (director of (500) Days of Summer) has succeeded in creating the best movie about a person with super powers, a super hero (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight do not count, Batman is not a super hero). What Marc Webb failed to do was follow up on what a great story he had been starting to tell.

The characters and performances were perfect (especially by lead Andrew Garfield and love interest Emma Stone). The origin and development was fun, entertaining, but most of all, enjoyable. Once, the villain, The Lizard came into play the film began to sour for me which was made all the more disappointing by the fact that I was as into the film as I was.

They really took their time with Peter Parker and the arc of his character, but once The Lizard came into play, everything seemed extremely rushed. There were points that felt right on the level of what Raimi had done with Spider-Man. Maybe the wrong villain was just chosen for what they were trying to do. Where as the first half of the film seemed to stray away from the generic way of telling a story such as this and worked perfectly. The last and villain-heavy half seemed to be very generic and just bored. The Amazing Spider-Man was good, but it had a lot more potential.

Grade: B

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