There's something inherently depressing about what this movie says about the state of summer blockbusters in general and superhero movies in particular.
agree, no creativity in story telling.superhero without message. previous directer 'Sam Raimi' , i think there is no compression.its only movie to watch, not a good movie to watch.
Jul 1 - 08:52 PM
The Transformer movies show more inventiness?
Haha! Ok, I call BS on that.
Jul 1 - 08:55 PM
Oh man every time I come to the negative comments your swarming to them with a comment. Im starting to feel bad for you.
Jul 1 - 10:00 PM
As pitiful as it is, it still manages to amuse me. Please fanboys, don't ever change!
Jul 5 - 04:50 PM
Well it's nice to know you went in LOOKING for a reason to hate it.
Jul 1 - 09:08 PM
i wonder what a reboot mean nowadays i mean aren't they suppose to tell us the origin and i mean it not like batman begin did the same thing you know Bruce with his parents walking in the ally they get shot by a mugger Bruce leaves and trains come back and become batman nope Nolan trilogy didn't start out like that all but wait he was comparing it to a sequel my bad and avengers didn't it took 5 film to establish and tell each character origins
Jul 1 - 09:28 PM
You obviously have no idea what a reboot means. It means remaining or revival, not "origin story". Batman Begins is not the norm in reboots, the norm usually ends up being something closer to Superman returns. Anyway Mr.Berardinell has a completely valid point, because we saw the EXACT same origin 10 years ago, and Spider-Mans origin isnt particularly compelling. We should have seen something new.
Jul 2 - 09:44 AM
um yeah superman return was consider to most a alternate sequel to supermen 1 and 2 since in reboot it need to ignore all what came b4 not just take half so it not reboot man of steal(2013) is a reboot since it ignoring past supermen film all of them I'm pretty sure well get the origin told to us again btw highlander getting a reboot i wonder what well they show in that movie hmmm
Jul 2 - 10:08 AM
You're funny...This movie does exactly what Batman Begins did for his franchise. It talks origin story through and through and adds some new stuff...I don't know you wanted Peter Parker to get bitten by spider and then go for the queast in search of himself? And taking into consideration that Transformers are movies which plots limit to bad robots come to the earth and good robots and some marines fight with them afterwards so I think you're full of sh*t. Oh and really "The Avengers" is soo innovative movie...only innovative thing about it is that after making 5 movies about origins of the characters people behind this production didn't screw up when they got them together.
Jul 1 - 09:58 PM
Avengers was quite literally a giant climax to a story spanning 5 movies. But those other movies were where the substance was.
Jul 1 - 10:04 PM
Lol I like you man, I really do, you managed to compare a guy whose claim to fame is directing Sic Transit Gloria by brand New and a Joseph Gordon Levitt movie, to an oscar nominated, almost unanimously acclaimed director AND writer Chris Nolan. Secondly you managed to compare it to the Batman franchise as if it had some horrid Schumacher-esque sequels, despite 3 not being nowhere NEAR that pisspoor quality, just had too many problems with producer involvement and etc etc and if this remake would even remotely be in the same BALLPARK or even SPORT as Nolan's Batman. You THEN managed to devalue the Avengers as a film, despite the fact that it managed to do the impossible in pleasing every comic book nerd because each comic book character was given enough love to make the movie spectacular. No seriously, keep going, you're making me realize that inbreeding is still possible.
Jul 2 - 12:51 AM
That comes off as unnecessarily mean.
Jul 2 - 03:14 PM
Ok you're right it was mean, maybe I should have said it's the reason why lions eat their young?
Jul 2 - 03:19 PM
You obviously miss the point. Berardinelli says that Batman Begins, unlike this one, took the character to a place where he hadn't been before. At least not on screen. In Batman's case, that was the origin story. In Spiderman's case it has to be something different, seeing as we already heard this story 10 years ago.
That was the whole point of his comparison to Batman Begins as a reboot.
Jul 2 - 01:05 PM
Another critic losing credibility because he had his mind made up before seeing the movie. He clearly can't judge this movie on its own merits and needs to constantly refer to the original trilogy.
News flash James, most films nowadays are remakes in some way.
Jul 1 - 10:07 PM
wrong. this is blatant and unneeded. that was his point. after reading enough of the reviews stating that the first hour is literally a shot by shot remake of the original..yeah forget it. not seeing this crap
Jul 1 - 10:40 PM
Okay if it was a shot of the orginal was it better? That's the question we know it's gonna be similar in one way so is it better? Was it a well exucuted movie despite some revisits to 2002? We know all of the stuff he said was gonna be in the movie but when it comes down to the wire I wanna know if it's a good movie despite it being a reboot. I wanna know if this film did its job by being a good film even though it was un needed.
Jul 1 - 10:45 PM
Whether it was better or worse than the 2002 film is irrelevant. Critics aren't paid to make 5 paragraph comparisons.
Jul 2 - 10:44 AM
Ron K - is it irrelevant? I honestly don't know. I see a lot of critics comparing the two, but not to universal reactions. Some rip on Amazing Spiderman because it's not original, while others forgive its sins because it does a good job in the second half. I really can't tell if this film is benefiting or being hurt by the 'original'.
Jul 2 - 03:16 PM
What? How is detailing the points of criticism not a judgment of the films on its own merits? He does all that, and concludes that the whole film is unnecessary. He even brings up a check-list of all the similarities between the two!
Jul 2 - 01:09 PM
News flash for you, an unnecessary remake of a movie that has an almost unanimous acclaim, why watch the Wal-mart generic version when the 10 year old one is better in every possible way. Of course there's remakes, and 90% of them are terrible, including this one. Also FYI since you're keen on film, Film remakes have been the norm since the 20's not recently...
Jul 2 - 03:21 PM
One again, the worst I hear about this movie is that the origin is too much like the original. But, again, the original was too much like the comic book. If they had shot a whole new origin we would have heard everyone complaining that it crapped on the comics.
Hell, I was worried they were going to change too much, now I think this may just be the Spider-Man film I was hoping the 2002 movie would be(Which I absolutely loved despite its flaws).
Jul 1 - 11:26 PM
I am so glad you posted this. It seems that nobody understands that Spider-Man has an origin and if you are going to tell it, it has to conform to the comics, or like you said, people will complain about that instead. I for one am giving this a chance as a new movie and not comparing it to the old. I could care less, the reboot idea was always exciting to me.
Jul 1 - 11:38 PM
Well said Why do people make judgments before they see the movie. If you make up your mind that
it sucks before you go see the movie.More than likely you probably will not like it.
Jul 2 - 08:28 AM
The original films weren't extremely close to the comics as you claim, but neither is this film. The problem is that this film should not have been made.
Spider-Man 3 wasn't that bad, it still had heart and it still attempted to tell a solid narrative, it was no Batman Returns or Superman 3. The movie broke box office records and made about 800 mil in 2007 with no 3D boost. The franchise was far from dead. No one was crying reboot.
However, if the reboot had to me made, the producers needed to realize most of us have seen Spider-Man 2002 and know his origin, and not have made it the focal point of the film. See Batman Begins was a result of Tim Burton having cut Batman's origin from his film, because he thought Batman should be as mysterious to the audience as he is to Gotham. Sam Raimi, however, already showed us Spidey's origin in his film, making this film feel repetitive.
They should have started off with Peter Parker already having been Spider-Man for some period of time. Being the first film in the series, refer to the origin in short flashbacks throughout the film. Then the producers have the freedom to show us they're still giving us the full fledged Spidey flick we've been waiting 5 years for.
Also I can't understand why Gwen is living through the end of the film. Well, I do, because the Lizard is the villain and not the Green Goblin, but we all know where her fate lies and that Peter always ends up with Mary Jane. Shes just a waste of space, if you're gonna do her, do an adaptation of the Death of Gwen Stacy arc and have Gobby throw her off the bridge!
Not only that, the whole parents story is complete bs and also a waste of perfectly good valuable screen time. Peter's parents left him when he was young and the majority of his memories are with Aunt May and Uncle Ben, they are not his parents but they are his parental figures. This was never a big deal in the comics and Spider-Man has so many great stories to tell that it's offensive they're wasting our time with this farce.
The direction and the casting is good, I love the scene on the bridge, and I do think Garfield is just as good a Spider-Man as Maguire, but there are so many things wrong in the production as a whole. It's not just a love of the old trilogy that's pissing people off, it's the whole disregard for the fan community the studio showed with this reboot as a whole.
Jul 2 - 10:06 AM
That's what i call a great objective opinion. Thank you for making such a smart comment. I totally agree with you and i even thought in some of your ideas before. I always thought that including Peter parents in the plot was stupid and a waste of time.
Jul 2 - 12:52 PM
sorry, spiderman 3 was a piece of crap. right on the lines of ghost rider
Jul 3 - 03:02 PM
What a joke of a review. I really wish people would give THIS movie a chance and stop expecting it to top the original and thereby comparing this one to the original. This was intended to nearly mirror the first film because Webb uses it to take it in another direction. For starters, he uses a different origin story in some respects, and he tells a previously untold story. If you are against the movie as a reboot, either do not see it to review it, or go into in and watch it as an independent movie. Do people really think that Mark Webb could not come up with a better story if that was what he intended to do? He is a great filmmaker, and that alone means we should give him the benefit of the doubt on this movie. I for one will NOT be making comparisons with the original because I love the idea of rebooting the series, despite the success of the previous franchise. I can never get enough of my superhero movies.
Jul 1 - 11:36 PM
Guys you make yourselves look like stupid fanboys. I'm not a hater of this film but i do hate how much trash you talk about the original trilogy. You probably gonna love the movie BUT because you'll have your mind made up before seeing the movie. You bitch in every negative review like you have actual facts to defend the film. Your opinions lose credibility when you defend the movie before you watch it. You are going with your mind set to like the movie. Instead of watch the movie and give your opinions later.
Jul 2 - 12:14 AM
Thank you. The same fanboys on every negative review. I thought it was funny at first, but now it's kind of disturbing and sad. You already know they're going to say the movie is awesome and better than the Raimi films because that's what they need to happen even if it sucks ass- which, it probably does.
But unlike these lunatics, I will watch the movie first, then decide if I think it's good or not. Fuckin hypocrites.
Jul 2 - 12:33 AM
That was the greatest thing I have ever read. Well said. This applies to all fanboy comments on every film released. Same shit is going to happen with The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit, just wait.
Jul 2 - 01:12 AM
Haha! 'Greatest thing I ever read' for you is some random dude's generic fanboy hating post. Grow up.
Jul 2 - 05:33 AM
Well no shit it's a generic fanboy hating post. Thank you for stating the obvious.
Jul 2 - 03:17 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if at least two of them are paid sock puppets. I've met some pretty stupid people in my life, but I'd rather think that people have a monetary incentive to be a hardcore ignoramus, instead of it coming naturally. Then again, trolls will be trolls, so who knows.
Jul 2 - 02:16 AM
Wrong, most fanboys hated Spider-man 3 and I'm pretty sure they expected a god-like film.
Jul 2 - 10:45 AM
I think most people hated sm3 in general whether they were a fanboy or not
Jul 2 - 01:56 PM
Unless you know 'most people', I'd refrain from speaking on their behalf.
Wah oohWah Wah! The critic is a big stupid doodoo head for giving my movie a bad review. A movie I have NEVER SEEN but some how know everything about and will LOVE no matter what.
It should have a 100% rating because everyone liking it is normal. Wah!!!!
Jul 2 - 02:28 AM
Got to love sarcasm.
Jul 2 - 05:54 AM
Jul 2 - 04:40 AM
The people on this site, critics, and hipsters alike, are all pretentious cynical assholes.
Jul 2 - 05:42 AM
Join the club.
Oh no! Fanboys are reacting to this movie. Frankly, my dear, I am not going to give a damn.
Jul 2 - 05:57 AM
You know for a guy that doesn't give a damn, you sure like to comment on every review saying that you don't give a damn.
Jul 2 - 07:24 AM
Oh the irony! I am just chatting on here. I also felt like quoting "Gone with the Wind". You got a problem with that?
Jul 2 - 07:29 AM
ohhhh, you quoted "gone with the wind", so impressive!
Jul 5 - 04:59 PM
Comic book junkies love the retelling of the origin of a superhero. This is exactly what I expect to see when I go to this film.
Jul 2 - 06:04 AM
Like your review, man. You're pretty solid with your critques and I'm going to listen to you on this one. I've been skeptical since I heard about the reboot of Spiderman, but I certainly don't want to sit for half the movie and see Spiderman 1 again.
Jul 2 - 06:16 AM
wow, i've been reading the comment on the negative reviews for a while, and yes i've notice that it is the same people, but to those saying they are hypocrits, because they haven't seen the movie yet but is bashing the critic, well i'm here to defend them... this and most of the other critic(that gave them negative reviews) went in hating the movie, so they went in with a closed-mind, not planning to like the movie at all, then when they review it, it wasn't even a review at all but a comparision to Raimi's film, and bitching about similarities, but get this a reboot is suppose to be a full start over of a franchise and since there have been 10 years between Raimi's origin story, an origin story for this film makes perfect sense, because not everyone that will go see this film will know his origin because they have not seen Raimi's spidey origin, because they were to young, or what not, and it seems most of these critics are forgetting that spiderman is a comicbook character with a certain origin which must stay true to the comic or the true fans will not like it, and that who this film actually belongs to. Something else these critics are doing they will tell you everything "bad"(what they don't like) about this film, but keep their mouth shut on what they did well, for example, most of them have been complaining about the similarities, but fail to tell what was different that they did, and from watching trailers, tv spots, and movie clips i can already tell there are differences, like them bringing in the story of peter's parents, gwen stacey, and mainly the lizard... so in defence if these critics are going to bash this movie for the wrong reaseon, we have the right to bash them, but only for a poorly written review, because we don't know if the film is any good, so we can't bash him because we 'know' the film is good, and he said it's bad and even if it was he is entitle to his opinion so we still couldn't bash him then, but still if these guys will actually review the film on its on merits, rather than it being a reboot and constantly comparing it to Raimi's film and even batman begins, we have no reason to respect their reviews.
Jul 2 - 07:31 AM