The Amazing Spider-Man (Film Review)

Jun 30, 2012
This film is much better than all of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films combined.

The Amazing Spider-Man focuses on the life of Peter Parker, an high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a young boy, leaving him to the hands of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May Parker. Like most teenagers, Peter tries to find out what he and how he got to be the person he is today. When he saw a mysterious briefcase owned by his father, he begins a quest on finding the truth about his parents' disappearance, leading him to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision with Connor's alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-changing choices to use his powers and make him become a hero.

No doubt The Amazing Spider-Man is a really awesome film. And as a fan of the Sam Raimi trilogy, this film is so much better than all of those three films combined. I wasn't expecting that much for this movie, but when the first sequences started rolling, I thought, this is what I needed to see in any Spider-Man films. 

This film, as expected is as dark as it is. Some viewers call it The Dark Knighty but it's so much different from the other comic book movies. This film is much more of the emotional aspect of Peter Parker's life, which works pretty well by the way, which adds more realism with the film.

'(500) Days Of Summer' director, Marc Webb directed this film and I was really surprised about the results of the film. Just like '(500) Days Of Summer', the shots were terrifically beautiful. The buildings of New York, the action scenes, the dialogue sequences and most memorable final shot of the film was filmed really good.

Most of you might be disappointed about that news of Andrew Garfield replacing Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. But here's for all of you, Andrew Garfield is 5 times better than Tobey as Peter Parker. He got the charisma, the way he crack jokes and especially the way he made the 'webslinging' was pretty close to what I love about Parker in the comics. Emma Stone is also good as Gwen Stacy. Also, her chemistry with Garfield was top-notched. Rhys Ifan as The Lizard, it's fine. But there's something with his character that needs to be more menacing and not to forget the model of The Lizard, which needs to be more realistic. By the way, that Stan Lee cameo in the movie, was so far, the best ones I've seen in the previous Marvel movies.

Moving forward to the visuals of the film. Yes, this film has load-ful of visuals but unlike the previous Spider-Man films, this film is more on stunts and live-action than CG action. The Lizard is my only problem with the use of CGI. The visuals are goddamn great, which made me want to see the film in IMAX , because of the webslinging scenes, which had me vertigo-induced.

The 3D of the film is flawless. According to some sources,  Director Marc Webb says that all scenes of the film was shot in 3D for a reason. Yes, this film is not primarily in 3D made just for creating gimmicky pop-ups coming right in your face, but to create much sense of depth. The 3D made it more emotional, more realistic, and more fun to watch. Most scenes in the film are set at night but don't worry, it will stay bright for the rest of the film.

The performances by Garfield and the cast are great. The visuals is well-done. The 3D is well-filmed. Thanks by the way, to AXN Asia for the invites.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' is a really great comic book movie everyone will enjoy. Rest assured, the film is better than Sam Raimi's trilogy.

The geek rates it 8.3/10. I'll be back for my review of the highly anticipated conclusion of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.

For now, how 'bout reminiscing those old times Tobey Maguire dancing on his way in Spider-Man 3:


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