Atomic Moo Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man

I’ve read Spider-Man comics most my life, and though I can’t claim to be as big a fan as some of my fellow Moo brethren (Sir Noel, I’m talking about you buddy!), I did really enjoy the past film trilogy made by Sam Raimi. I’m guessing like most of the general movie going public I was also a little confused as to why Sony Pictures wanted to remake the entire series with a new Peter Parker and the retelling of his spider bite origins. However, like most of the general audiences I was also willing to put that all aside and see the new film with very little bias. Then I actually saw the film, and wouldn’t you know, I found some bias. The thing is it’s not the worst super hero movie to ever be produced, but is far from the best.

I thought the performances by Anderw Garfield, Emma Stone, and Denis Leary were excellent, and parts of Spider-Man actually being Spidey were good enough.

However the film lingered way too long on the unnecessary retelling of Spider-Man’s origins, and, despite having an excellent cast and crew, the films drama seemed forced and a little unreal. One example I can think of is when Uncle Ben (played by Martin Sheen) confronts Peter Parker about getting revenge on Peter’s high school bully, Flash.

In a prior scene Flash brutally assaults Peter (a beat down that I think in the real world would have landed Flash in prison) and once Peter realizes the potential of his new found powers, he later shows Flash up on the school’s basketball court, accidentally breaking the hoops backboard in the process. He just showed Flash up. He didn’t beat his ass, Peter just showed Flash that he was a better with the ball and subjected the bully to some humiliation. One key incident that leads to a new rift in the pseudo father/son relationship of Peter and Uncle Ben. That’s just one small example from the film that I feel shows the film makers were trying to force us to have an emotional tie to these characters that really just wasn’t there. That aside; the main villain of the film is The Lizard. Probably not a bad choice in villains, but for all the good he did in the film you could have had any of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery make an appearance with same results.

I think the main problem with this film is they tried to tell us all story we all know very well already. So, Hollywood (listen up!), next time you’re going to make a big budget super-hero flick, look to films like Marvel’s Incredible Hulk which I feel did a good job of telling the Hulk’s origin (less than 10 minutes during the entire opening credits), and getting us into the crazy world of the Incredible Hulk. Also, stop trying to pull Spider-Man and other super heroes into our world. These are comic book characters who live in the fantastic world of comic books. Amazing Spider-Man wasted so much time trying to establish (poorly in my opinion) how there could be a Spider-Man, instead of trusting it’s audience to suspend disbelief, and just except that there is already a Spider-Man and (I don’t know) open the film with him fighting the The Rhino or some other hack villain. It’s still possible to tell the same story of a high school kid with unique powers and overwhelming pressures from his home life and get the audience on board for an extraordinary adventure. Overall, I think the Amazing Spider-Man did do a good job of establishing it self for future sequels, but right now I can’t say I’m excited to see them.

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  1. told you so.

  2. Mister Trog

    07/08/2012 at 3:20 pm

    Oh go suck an egg!

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