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Posted on 7/29/12 05:41 PM
The long-awaited reboot in the SPIDER-MAN franchise was "my most anticipated movie of 2012"! It was great, but apparently, it wasn't as great as the original Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi trilogy. It was even lower than SPIDER-MAN 3 for God's sake. I did love the action and fight sequences though. The acting and directing is also good. This time, we got Andrew Garfield as the new Spidey, Emma Stone as Mary Jane Watson....oops....I mean Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary from the ICE AGE franchise as Captain George Stacy (who appears younger than the Captain Stacy from the third movie), and Marc Webb as the director. There's also the villain fans have been waiting to see in a live-action SPIDER-MAN feature film that is....the Lizard! He is an epic villain thanks to the CGI, the motion-capture, and the performance, but I loved the fact that Rhys Ifans also played Luna Lovegood's father in the last two HARRY POTTER movies. Anyways, the issues I had with this movie are the changes. The opening credits were short and non-moving at all. In the end credits, there's no singing and no webs in the background, which makes the soundtrack of this movie feel really empty. The most significant quotes of this movie were only used in the film's trailers and commercials, like they were cut from the movie somehow. The new Uncle Ben and Aunt May also appear strict and younger than the ones in the original trilogy. They scold and yell at Peter, and see him as completely irresponsible. The late Cliff Robertson and the still-healthy Rosemary Harris are a LOT better Uncle Ben and Aunt May than Martin Sheen and Sally Field are, especially when they were older and said wise significant quotes. Peter developing his powers in this movie is also not as good as he was developing them in the first movie. Like the subway thug scene, the basketball scene, and the thug scenes where Peter fails to find the right thief were just unnecessary. Yeah, the thief that killed Uncle Ben remains at large! It was completely ridiculous that Spidey does not find him in the movie at all and Uncle Ben's death was a lot better in the original trilogy. So, the whole Uncle Ben and the thief situation seems to be the only similar plot points from the first movie I can figure out. A couple of good scenes that were in the first movie were also not used in the reboot like the wrestling match and Peter's graduation. Also, the 3-D in this film isn't as good as I was hoping, but that's apparently normal for most of the movies I've recently seen in 3-D. There's also NO appearance, not even a cameo, of Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, and a terminally ill Norman Osborn. Though, I did like Peter and Flash Thompson becoming friends in the end. One last flaw I have to mention is the mid-credits scene. I won't give that away, but part of it was shown in the third trailer and the 4-minute "super preview" of the movie, like they already spoiled the ending for us. Bottom line is that instead of being "the best movie of 2012", which I hoping for, this movie did well below my expectations and it makes me miss Tobey Maguire and other cast members. It might be because I had too much hype and hope for this movie, like what I had earlier this summer with DARK SHADOWS when I was hoping it would be as good as Tim Burton's earlier classics like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. So, the lesson is not to have too much hype for a movie you're most excited to see cause if you overhype it, you probably won't be ENTIRELY satisfied! Overall, even though it makes me miss the original trilogy, I still thought THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was "amazing" and I really hope the sequels will improve!!!!