The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Directed by Marc Webb

Peter Parker. We all know this character from the comics, cartoons and of course the Sami Raimi movies in which the famous hero was portrayed by Tobey Maguire. The three Spiderman movies made me believe that a remake wasn’t really necessary, but a sequel could become a hit. However, because of various legal claims a sequel would never happen. And so, I admit having my reservations, The Amazing Spiderman concept and trailer did not make me drool all over the table. In fact, The Amazing Spider-man isn’t so amazing after all. It included a lot of unnecessary flaws which is a real shame. Anyhow, I was happy about one thing: the remake wasn’t as bad as I’d expected.

The movie starts with little Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his parents. For some reasons they disappear and leave Peter with his uncle and aunt. Later we move to the present where we watch the lonesome, unsure Peter at school. As with any other heroic type of movie there is this handsome girl, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter starts investigating his parents’ disappearance and ends up at Dr. Curt Connor’s. He is introduced as one of those mysterious and creepy doctors who at the end always turns into the villian of the story. Do you agree or have I read too many comics?!

Let me just get one thing straight first: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have proved to be phenomenal actors in this dull remake. Any other  fan of the spidey-franchise had probably trouble letting go of Tobey Maguire at first since Maguire could arguably be considered the original actor playing the masked hero. I must confess: Garfield put down a solid performance. His version of Peter Parker was exactly as expected: clumsy, smart and a will to do things right after his uncle’s most unfortunate but necessary death. But then, you ask, why was this movie so boring to watch?

First: it’s a remake. If you have seen all three previous Spiderman movies then this one will be a disappointment for sure. Director Marc Webb has not added any new subplots. This works out quite boring when the entire picture is one grand déjà vu if you are familiary with the regular subplots. Nonetheless, there is a mystery revolving around Peter Parker’s parents, but that doesn’t do the trick as it wasn’t explored thorough enough. Second: the characters all served their purposes and they did it perfectly fine, but the writers didn’t give us more to that. For example, no real emotional depth was given to the villain of the story, Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans). And finally the storyline follows the structure of many other similar pictures by Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. No points there either.

It’s unfortunate that this movie was a great chance to change things radically in the Spiderman myth but the producers didn’t take the risk well enough. In the end, only the cast and crew have contributed to the qualit of the movie. That’s not very good as you can imagine though The Amazing Spider-Man has the potential to become something bigger and better.


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