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Old July 4 2012, 07:18 AM   #79
DigificWriter
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Re: The Amazing Spider-Man Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)

Cross-posted from another board:

DigificWriter wrote:
I just got back, but before I review the film, I want to say that it really isn't fair to judge this movie based on Sony's decision to hit the 'panic button' on the Raimi Spidey franchise and start from scratch regardless of how many years ago the first and last films in said franchise were released.

Now, my review:
The Amazing Spider-Man is about as near-perfect a Spider-Man movie as you can get. It definitely rivals Spider-Man 2 in terms of quality, to the point that I honestly can't decide which of the two is the better film.

There were a number of things that were present in the trailers but were not present in the final film, and, while their absence didn't really hurt things, it would've been nice to see them included... in particular Gwen telling Peter that he's a wanted man and Connors asking Peter if he thought what happened to him was an accident.

People have been doing a lot of talking about the film retelling Spider-Man's by-now-familiar origin story, but the way things are handled is completely different from the Raimi trilogy, drawing a lot more on the Ultimate Comics' version of Spidey's origins than on the mainstream Marvel origin story while also injecting a few changes of their own in as well.

The cast was phenomenal from top to bottom, and the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was palpable (you can definitely see why they fell for each other IRL).

I think someone said above that it was pretty obvious who came to talk to Connors in the mid-credits scene, but I have to disagree; yes, we get a couple of name-drops for Norman Osborne in the film, but the way the mid-credits scene plays itself out doesn't automatically scream 'the supposedly ill and dying Norman shows up to talk to Connors', so there's a degree of ambiguity in terms of using the mid-credits scene to telegrpah/foreshadow the sequel.

I'm giving the film a solid 'A+'; I can't decide if it's better than Spider-Man 2 (as noted above), but it is definitely one of the best comic book movies I've ever seen, and completely sets itself apart from the Raimi trilogy.

It is also most definitely better than its current 71% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes would indicate.
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