The Amazing Spider-Man FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Columbia Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, and Marvel Studios present a 136-minute comic book adaptation directed by Mark Webb, written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves.
First I should go on record as saying as someone who is not really a fan of comic book films 99% of the time, and I was certainly not a fan of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman films from the past decade.
I think if you compare this film to the first film of Raimi’s series’ this one has the edge. It’s grittier and seems to progress more naturally than Raimi’s reboot. And I think it makes for a better film. However, it still just wasn’t a great film. There is nothing here you haven’t seen before, and even if you are like me and haven’t really been a devotee of the comics, there isn’t anything happening here that you haven’t seen coming from a mile away.
With full disclosure, Tobey Maguire rarely if ever works for me in any film, so you can’t help but to upgrade, and Andrew Garfield is a great replacement. Kirsten Dunst is hit or miss for me, and I have noting negative to say about the job she did in the previous series, While I like Emma Stone in everything she has done so far, I think she still has a lot to prove as an actress. I think she does a fine job here, but I am curious to see if she will be able to establish some chops as a serious actress. Problem here is that the script does neither of them any favors. Both are saddled with groanworthy one liners or lapses in logic that I don’t think any actor could really overcome.
But the film’s biggest flaw is that it just can’t shake the “been there, done that” feeling that comes with launching a reboot of the series shortly after Sam Raimi just did the same thing, not to mention the over saturation of superhero comic book adaptations there have been in recent years. There really wasn’t anything particularly memorable about this, and I don’t think there’s anything happening here that’s going to turn someone into a fan of the franchise if they weren’t already. I'm Brad Carnall.
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