I picked this poster because it has both Emma Stone AND Sally Field on it! (Both favorite actresses of mine.)
So tonight I went and saw the Amazing Spider-Man with some friends and guess what?! It was amazing! I had heard many good reviews before watching and I got excited and was worried I’d be disappointed even though I had heard multiple times that it wasn’t like the previous series of Spider Man movies (I didn’t particularly enjoy those ones…). I give it 5 stars because there isn’t anything I can think of that would make the movie flow better or be more funny or comprehendible. I genuinely liked this movie and I might even buy it …when it comes out on DVD and I can get my hands on a previewed copy from Blockbuster (because that’s just how I roll, and don’t copy me, or there’ll be no more good movies left for me to buy!).
**I’m going to start this review with the disclaimer that there may be a few SPOILERS in here, so if you haven’t watched it and plan to, you might want to refrain from reading this and just take my word that it was a good movie and well worth watching for those 17/18 and older.
I hadn’t read up on this movie very much before going to see it and so I vaguely knew that Emma Stone was in it and that was enough for me. BUT then. Very early in the movie I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that Sally Field was also in it. She’s. Great. Enough said. Another thing I liked early on was Peter Parker’s use of film cameras. I’m all for film in films. And in real life.
Not only were the actors awesome, but the portrayal of the story was sublime. It was made to be really realistic unlike it’s predecessor and followed the comic storyline very well dispensing with unnecessary things while keeping the necessities. Peter reacted to his strange new powers the way a young man would if he suddenly woke up one day and was unintentionally tearing the house apart with ease. He got revenge on the bully kid, but while showing off, he still kind of embarrassed himself, which is how the real world operates. They didn’t try to make Peter seem like more than he was. He was a realistic personality in this movie. He was just a nerdy kid in high school who liked science and was awkward. Then he got bit by a genetically modified spider and he didn’t necessarily lose his awkwardness, but he gained a kind of self-assurance and confidence because of his new physical abilities. This movie gave satisfactory explanation why Peter lives with his Aunt and Uncle and is even in these situations. It all flows very nicely, makes sense, and stands up to logic. I like all of these things very much in movies and even if you don’t realize it, you do too because they are important.
The “monster” was even believable. Dr. Connors just wanted to help people and went too far. Kind of like in I Am Legend where the cure for cancer turns out to be a way to make people into cannibalistic zombies, but in this version he wants to make humans into super charged lizards motivated by his desire to regenerate limbs at will (the poor guy lost his right arm before our story begins). You hate him when he is a giant malicious lizard trying to destroy Peter Parker and make the population of New York into giant lizards too, but sympathize with him when he is an admirable scientist with a drive to better the human condition.
There are quite a few reasons why I would not suggest this movie for young movie goers or family movie nights. There is an incident in a scene on the subway in which a woman’s shirt gets accidentally ripped off. Completely off, like just the bra is left. Also the monster scenes and fight scenes may be a bit graphic for under 10 viewers. Also, in the few romantic scenes sprinkled throughout a couple of passionate kisses are exchanged, at times with Peter being shirtless. It wasn’t littered with too much foul language, but it is something to note.
I was very happy with this movie and I would definitely watch it again and recommend it to friends. I’m very glad that they kept the awkwardness of high school kids present, but didn’t over exaggerate it. There was a range of emotions, nothing too graphic and disturbing, not a complete action and no story kind of movie, but it was exciting and intriguing. I think it’s the kind of film that both men and women can enjoy with out getting bored.
One thing I wonder about is why they decided to ditch Mary Jane and substitute Gwen Stacey…it’s not exactly explained how they even know each other besides being casual acquaintances in the halls of high school. In the comic Mary Jane is the popular girl in school who gets good grades, is pretty, has loads of friends, and happens to be Peter’s next door neighbor and childhood friend. I kind of liked the switch because it renewed the story and made an interesting twist at the end with her dad being the Police chief (or whatever his title was).
If you’ve seen it, what things did you notice? Are you a fan of the older series or comic book and how did this one compare to those in your opinion?
PS. DID YOU HEAR THAT THEY ANNOUNCED THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 IS SCHEDULED FOR 2014?!?! Now that I’m done yelling, raise of proverbial hands (since I can’t see your physical hand raising from my desk in Anchorage, Alaska, but you can leave a comment because I’d appreciate it;)), who’s going to go see it?