Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man: Busby's Review

I know, I am a few days late on this but cut me some slack okay? I've been busy!  Anyway one of my most anticipated movies of the summer finally hit the big screen this week.  The Amazing Spider-Man is yet another reboot from the Hollywood studios. It's been 5 years since the last Sam Rami Spider-Man movie was released.  Even though the movie grossed over $800 Million worldwide, the critics won't really to thrilled with how campy the movies had become at that point.  So when the studio decided to push that restart button, everybody got really sketchy with the idea.  I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty sketchy about Sony rebooting the franchise as well.  I mean, I was already getting accustomed to Toby Maguire being Peter Parker, and in my opinion he did a pretty good job portraying the character.  However, I do feel that Sam Rami just did Spider-Man 3 just to troll the studio just so that he can get out of his contract.  But hey that's just me so..I don't know.  Now it's 5 years later, we got a new director, a new cast, and a new way at looking at the story.

This time around we have Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) portraying the young Peter Parker.  You should know the story by now, loser in high school, lives with aunt and uncle (Sally Field & Martin Sheen), likes a girl (Emma Stone), gets bit my spider, gets super powers, fights crime, etc.  Now they did make some minor adjustments to the story.  This time around, we get a little back story on Parker's parents, and why they left Peter with his aunt and uncle.  Also the movie is sticking true to the comic book and it is NOT Mary Jane that is Parker's love interest, instead its Gwen Stacy.   Dennis Leary plays  Police captain George Stacy, whose main goal is to capture and bring to justice the vigilante known as Spider-Man. The villain this time around is Dr. Conners aka The Lizard (Rhys Ifans), who pretty much just wants to fuck things up.

Andrew Garfield did a really good job playing Spider-Man in this movie.  Unlike the Toby version, this version of Peter Parker actually stands up for himself, and isn't no punk.  Even when he was getting beat up by the school bully, Parker still talks shit.  They really stayed true to the character in the comic strips of him being a smart ass when he has the spidey suit on.  Speaking of the Spidey suit, I actually kind of preferred the Spidey suit from the original movies.  The spidey suit they use in this one is pretty much the updated version that he wears in the comics.  It's alright for what it is, but to be honest I think they should have kept the old one.

The on-screen chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is really good.  To be honest, their on screen relationship was a lot more believable then Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst's relationship in the previous films.  They really do play off each other really well, and to be honest I'm not surprised they actually got together in real life.  Lucky basterd, Emma was suppose to be with me! But it's cool..I'm not gonna cry...

The special effects were pretty good for what it was.  No different then any other Marval super hero movie.  The web swinging action is slightly different, almost more believable.  Just like the comics, Parker actually creates the web shooters so he can swing around.  And instead of just shooting aimlessly at buildings so he can swing around.  He actually has to concentrate and actually aim at objects to maneuver around.  It's not till later on in the film where Spider-Man finally gets the hang of it and becomes the master at web-swinging.

Overall, the movie was pretty good for what it was.  The story was pretty dark, grimly, and it was more suited for the mature audience.  The movie was really well casted, and Marc Webb did a pretty good job at directing it.  Not too bad giving that this is his second movie that he directed giving that his first one was the classic (500) Days Of Summer.  Hopefully he stays around for a few of the sequels.  Oh yeah, you should know the deal now for Marval movies.  Stay during the credits for another "da-da-dum!" ending.  It pretty much sets up for the inevitable sequels that are going to come out in the coming years.  I won't be surprised if Spidey makes an appearance in the up coming Avengers sequels.  But for now, Amazing Spider-Man got the job done, lets just pray that Hollywood feels they got it right this time and don't press that reset button.

Busby's Review: 4/5

~~Mr. Busby~~

1 comment:

  1. Totally unnecessary re-boot, but it was still very fun and entertaining. Also, Garfield was a nice choice for Peter Parker even if I do miss Tobey Maguire just a tad bit. Just a tad, though. Good review Aaron.