The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Review

Before I write up this entry, I just want to say, wow.  Even seconds after posting up an entry I’ve gotten several likes and a new subscriber to this blog, hahaha.  Thanks so much to those who are reading, and welcome to all the newcomers.  I’m excited that readership for this blog is steadily growing, I really couldn’t ask for more.

Now onto The Amazing Spider-Man.

It’s been a while since I’ve watched the movies featuring Tobey Maguire as our friendly neighborhood web slinger, and from what I can recall, only the first one of the trilogy was really worth watching.  Again, if memory serves, I think this movie is almost like an alternate-reality version of Maguire’s first movie.  They share some similarities and yet are nothing alike.

If you were to ask me which movie I liked more, or thought was better, I don’t think that I could fairly answer that because I think Garfield and Maguire came at the role from very different angles.  I think the best way I can describe it is that I felt the Spider-Man trilogy was a lot darker and more serious; the characters also seemed a lot older.  In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker is much younger, and far less experienced.  In fact, the Peter Parker in this new movie is a lot sloppier than Maguire’s version; he’s not very good at keeping his identity secret, and he relies on help from others a lot more than I remember happening when Maguire played the role.

I didn’t have high expectations for this movie prior to seeing it, and I think I would have passed it altogether had the trailer for it not caught my interest.  Luckily it had, and though I was initially dreading the fact that it was 2 hours and 16 minutes long, I can honestly say it only felt like an hour and some; I think they paced everything quite well.  The only two things that didn’t quite work for me (that I also found mildly amusing) was that neither the “school bully” nor “The Lizard” could seem to decide whether to be mean or nice towards Peter Parker/Spider-Man.  Especially The Lizard.  **MINI-SPOILER ALERT** I found it odd that all it took to defeat him and give him a change of heart was to just foil his plans at world domination, hahaha.  I feel like most “evil” characters would just go back to the drawing board and snarl at the protagonist to watch their back, they’ll return bigger and stronger, they will have something better up their sleeve next time, etc.

Overall, this movie was actually a lot better than I was expecting it to be, and of the three movies I’ve seen in the past week, this was definitely the best one.

FINAL VERDICT: B+

This is definitely a lighter take on our favorite web hero and different enough that you don’t feel as if you’re watching a carbon copy of the Maguire version, which depending on what your hopes for this movie are, may or may not be a good thing.

6 responses to “The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Review

  1. Good review, I definitely agree that the Lizard could’ve been handled much better as a villain, and it didn’t help that there were way too many aspects of his character which felt like they were pulled right out of the Green Goblin’s script.

    Just curious, if you hadn’t seen either movie and watched them back to back would you like this version or the 2002 version better?

    Anyways feel free to check out my reviews for Amazing Spiderman and Magic Mike, It’s always fun to find another reviewer who spends as much money on new releases as I do, lol

    http://rorschachreviews.com/2012/07/05/the-amazing-spider-man-review/

    • Yes, I agree. The Lizard’s somewhat lack of character (…or is that villany?) character development was a slight disappointment. I’ll definitely take a look at your blog tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and always looking for more people to discuss movies with, especially new releases.

      Ah, the hypothetical. Lol. As I mentioned in my entry, I don’t know if I could really fairly pick one over the other. It would depend on the mood I was in. Probably the Tobey Maguire version though, if I absolutely had to choose. His interpretation of Spider-Man seemed to have more depth. If I was in more of the mood for sappiness and comedy though, then I’d probably prefer this most recent one in that moment.

  2. I agree that it didn’t mix up the formula or bring anything new to the table to make it worth the redux. Garfield is a better fit in the role but that’s about it. It’s just a film that didn’t really need to be redone, even if it is a well-done one. Good review.

  3. Nice write up Rae, I was actually a little surprised how well this turned out. If you could ignore the Lizard CGI and a few cheesetastic elements (cranes) this was not half bad. Garfield’s Spidey actually seemed more similar to the one from the comics than the past trilogy both physically and emotionally.

    • Yeah, the cranes cracked me up. For some reason I was reminded of “THE CLAW!!!” from Toy Story…3?? 4?? How many Toy Stories are there right now? Lmao. Whatever the latest one was. And yeah, I agree, Garfield fit a lot better.

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