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2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Mostly a Peice of Crap., November 9, 2012
This review is from: The Amazing Spider-Man (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
I actually didn't even pay to see this movie. It happened to, by chance, be playing on an airplane I was flying on, so I said, "What the heck," and paid the 2 bucks for the headphones to see what this relaunch movie was all about.

The main thing we gotta ask ourselves when watching a movie like this is, "What is the purpose for its existence?" In other words, why did they decide to do a relaunch of this movie, especially so soon after the Raimi movies? After trudging through most of this movie on that long airplane ride, the only answer I could come up with was, "No idea!"

Though one would think that the ideal purpose of doing a relaunch would be to improve upon some mistakes made in the prior versions. However, this movie failed to do this.

For example, one mistake the Raimi movies made was its reducing Flash Thompson to little significance. He was only there to get the ball rolling on Peter Parker's super hero career by playing Mr Bully. After that, we see Flash Thompson no more! In this movie the situation is no different. Flash is there for a few scenes and then ~puff~ gone! No improvement on that end. (Don't know why these filmmakers dislike Flash Thompson so much, considering he IS actually a very significant character in the comic books!)

Another mistake the Raimi films made was similar to the above--a very minimally heeded character that was much more significant in past Spider-Man lore--namely, Jonah Jameson. Sure, at least he appeared in all 3 Raimi films, but his character mostly lingered in the background with little significance in Spider-Man's thoughts & motives. He was mainly there for comedy relief purposes, and to demonstrate what a cool character Spider-Man was in comparison. In THIS version of the movie, Jameson does not even appear at all! Unless you want to consider Captain Stacy a sort of surrogate Jameson. In fact the only indication of the existence of the Daily Bugle at all, is the brief appearance of the newspaper for a few seconds of the film.

Then we can look at Aunt May. Though the idea to use Sally Field to play her was interesting, and probably an improvement on Raimi's idea, what good did that do since her appearance was so minimal?

Martin Sheen is too aggressive-toned an actor for Uncle Ben.

And while I know that it's not easy to find an actor who's as good looking as the Peter Parker in the comics and cartoons, where did they get the idea to use an actor with an Afro for the role of Peter Parker? Did they think the Afro would improve his appearance, make him better looking than he is?

Overall, this version of Spider-Man is too dark-themed to really feel like Spider-Man at all. It plays out more like a movie about a guy who lives in a world where Spider-Man already is a fictional character, who happens to acquire the same powers as the fictional character, and simply takes on the identity of Spider-Man because he can't think of any better identity to use.

About 20 to 30 minutes before the film ended, I took the headphones off and got tired of watching it. It just got too boring and redundant.

Though this movie might probably be fun to watch once as a rental, it's hardly worth buying at all! Even if rented, one may get tired of watching it after a while, due to this movie's lack of really feeling in any way like Spider-Man.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 5:08:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 5:12:28 PM PST
anonymous says:
The reason for this movie reboot coming so soon after the Rami trilogy was simply because they needed a younger (and cooler) actor to play Spider-Man in Avengers 2 (with a possibility of Avengers 3). Tobey Maguire unfortunately is a bit too old for continuing the role. Sad but true. Hollywood is all about franchising and was planning years ahead for Avengers.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 6:43:12 PM PST
Wayne Klein says:
Spidey wouldn't be appearing in Avengers--Sony currently owns the rights to the character. The reason they did another film was so that they wouldn't lose the rights to the character.

To the reviewer--Garfield doesn't have an "afro".

While the film certainly has its flaws it would seem only fair to review the movie if you've watched the entire film.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 10:32:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 10:34:57 PM PST
J. Yang says:
the main purpose of this remake is simply... NO TOBEY MAGUIRE... THANK GOD

i liked it better than all the other spider man movies combined! comic book differences aside, i think garfield plays the character great.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:23:51 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:33:13 PM PST
grafdog says:
"About 20 to 30 minutes before the film ended, I took the headphones off and got tired of watching it"
me too, i did fast forward through the last 30 min the next day, boy what a crummy battle scene
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