The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb, 2012)
I saw it three days ago without any high expectation. Basically, I expect something amazing, just like what it’s called. That’s no reason. I am actually a huge fans of Spider-man. Yeah, it’s my most favorite superhero all the time. He’s just an ordinary good guy who (un)lucky to get a spider bite. How his ordinary life gets influence and changes when he must accept a new responsibility with his new power which he doesn’t ask for it, is really interesting for me. Just for a record, we won’t listen line “With great power comes great responsibility” in this reboot anymore.
Like what I said that I didn’t have some high expectation because of the director and the writer. I don’t think that they have a good capability enough to satisfy the audience or huge fans of Spider-Man, just like me. And my prediction is not wrong.
Let’s review it straightly. I don’t need to tell you about the story. Yeah, this is different but the main story is still same. Although there is a tagline “the untold story begins”, I still don’t get the best answer about what happened to Peter’s parents. This is one of the weakness of this film, the script. it’s not delivered well. At first, I thought I disagree about the choice of James Vanderbilt as a script writer. This is not his specialty. What a weak script. It didn’t interest me at all since the beginning. It made me feel boring for 2 hours.
The high school life isn’t described well. It contains a constant mainstream and doesn’t offer something fresh. The romance scene is not bad generally, but some part is forced too much and it feels to fast. The identifying process of being Spider-Man is told pretty well at the first, but it’s get short at the part of creating the costumes. That’s too bad. The process of creating The Lizard is quite strange too. It’s too fast for him to be an evil directly as he transforms into lizard.
The second weakness is the direction. Nothing’s impressive. There isn’t some surprise. All is predictable. It’s too awful.
The action scene is wonderful as usual. The scene that makes me laugh is when Stan-Lee appears as a cameo in a library in the middle of the battle between Spider-Man and the Lizard.
But I like one point. Webb can create portrait of imperfect Spider-Man. I like how a Spidey (Peter) looks more human. I guess it’s natural that sometimes, He needs a show off his power, even it’s out of his control. Sometimes, in his anger, He can say a bad f#cking words. I like those parts.
The only power of this film is Andrew Garfield. Totally the best choice for Peter Parker role. He enters the spidey character into deeper and real. Wow..I hate to say, but I think he is better than Mr. Maguire. What a stunning performance. I remember my first impression on him is in John Crowley’s Boy A (2007), and it went on to Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go (2010). It got better in David Fincher’s The Social Network (2010). Nothing special about the other cast, including Emma Stone.
Oh..almost forget. I like the score. It’s composed by James Horner. It brings more color to support every scene of this film. I can say this is better than Danny Elfman’s.
Overall, it’s fun to watch this one. It’s not great or amazing like what it’s called, but it’s just…..fun. If there is the sequel, I’ll wait for something surprise. Irrfan Khan doesn’t take the part much in this film, I hope he will.
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Peter Parker: We all have secrets: the ones we keep… and the ones that are kept from us.